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Partnerships

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Enhancement and further development of strong partnerships with other national and international regulatory and law enforcement agencies.

Snapshot

The Clean Energy Regulator works in partnership with other Australian Government agencies that have regulatory responsibilities under the schemes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This includes sharing relevant information, gathering intelligence and referring matters for law enforcement.

The Clean Energy Regulator also supplies information to Commonwealth, state and territory government organisations to enable them to perform their functions or exercise their powers, including advising ministers, administering programmes and collecting statistics.

Australian regulatory partnerships

The Clean Energy Regulator's partnerships with other regulators in Australia are underpinned by a range of formal agreements and lawful disclosure arrangements. These mechanisms allow the partners to exchange information and discharge their collective regulatory responsibilities effectively, including by referring matters that require enforcement to the appropriate body.

Significant achievements during 2013–14 included:

  • establishing memorandums of understanding to support information sharing and cooperation with the Australian Crime Commission, the Australian Energy Market Operator, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre
  • sharing information with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to support regulation of emissions units as financial products under the Corporations Act 2001 and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
  • assisting the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to undertake its price-monitoring role in accordance with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010
  • working with the Australian Taxation Office to apply an equivalent carbon price to specific fuels under the Fuel Tax Act 2006 and ensure that appropriate income tax and goods and services tax treatments arise from carbon pricing mechanism liabilities.

The Clean Energy Regulator also co-chairs the Heads of Commonwealth Operational Law Enforcement Agencies working group on carbon pricing, which facilitates the exchange of information relating to fraud in the carbon market.

When necessary, in 2013–14 the Clean Energy Regulator referred matters relating to Commonwealth, state or territory legislation to other agencies, including police services, environmental regulators, consumer protection agencies and electrical licensing authorities.

The Clean Energy Regulator also participated in a number of interagency forums to maximise regulatory capability or address broad issues affecting many government agencies.

Close interaction between the Clean Energy Regulator and the bodies that oversee the National Energy Market brings a closer understanding of the demands and demand responses that affect energy markets in Australia. We all benefit from sharing formal and informal data and experience gained in developing and regulating markets and systems.

– Michael Sargent

International partnerships

The Clean Energy Regulator works with an expanding international community of regulators in the fields of renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction, learning from the experiences of other agencies while sharing its own expertise.

The Clean Energy Regulator also communicates with INTERPOL and Europol through the Australian Federal Police, particularly where its work relates to addressing crime risks associated with carbon trading under the INTERPOL Environmental Crime Programme.

Feature article - International collaboration

Feature International collaboration on monitoring, reporting and verification

The Clean Energy Regulator works with international partners to maximise the effectiveness of its regulation of emissions and energy schemes.

In October 2013, officers of the Clean Energy Regulator travelled to Europe and met with international counterparts to gain insights into European monitoring, reporting and verification processes. Meetings involved representatives of European Union member states, competent authorities, registered verifiers (auditors) and national accreditation bodies.

The visit formed part of ongoing information sharing and collaboration between the Clean Energy Regulator and European regulators that face similar issues.

Engagement with European counterparts reinforced the need to maintain the integrity of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Audit Framework through consistent implementation and robust registration and auditor management. Insights from collaboration such as this provide valuable input into the Clean Energy Regulator's policies and strategic planning.

To support the development of an emissions accounting and reporting system in China, the Clean Energy Regulator has also been involved in collaborative efforts to leverage Australia's experience and knowledge gained in developing and implementing the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme. This has occurred through the Clean Energy Regulator working in partnerships with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of the Environment.

Other notable international engagements include the Thailand–Australia Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Experts Dialogue and the Global Partnership for Market Readiness Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Working Group.

Working with international counterparts to compare different approaches to monitoring, reporting and verification helps to improve and refine the Clean Energy Regulator's approaches across all the schemes it administers.

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