Climate change law sets out the compliance
obligations of clients including the basis on which
they may receive valuable entitlements such as
Renewable Energy Certificates or free carbon
units under the industry assistance arrangements.
The Clean Energy Regulator delivers services that
enable clients to meet their obligations, checks that
those obligations are being met and can impose
consequences where those obligations are not
As shown in Figure 2 below, the obligations fit into
four broad categories which are consistent across the
schemes administered by the Clean Energy Regulator
(though clients may not be required to meet every
one of these obligations).
Through its deployment of people, processes and
systems, the Clean Energy Regulator is putting into
operational form the requirements of the legislation.
This work is designed to address the risk that clients
are uninformed, unwilling or unable to comply.
The Clean Energy Regulator has made it an early
priority to establish its regulatory posture, drawing
extensively on the experience of its more mature
schemes, namely the Renewable Energy Target
and National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting.
The cornerstone of this work is the Compliance,
Education and Enforcement Policy. The Policy sets
out the principles adopted by the Clean Energy
Regulator to optimise compliance with the laws which
it administers, including the role of client education
and the Regulator's approach to compliance
monitoring and enforcement.
The Clean Energy Regulator recognises that
engagement, education and support, in the first
instance, assist clients to meet their obligations
and avoid inadvertent non-compliance. To this end,
the Clean Energy Regulator publishes guidelines,
factsheets, booklets, brochures, newsletters and
calculators. Additionally, the Clean Energy Regulator
ensures that clients have the opportunity to raise
issues of concern and participate in workshops and
In stages, the Clean Energy Regulator is developing
a range of new forms, processes and systems
to meet the legislated milestones of the carbon
pricing mechanism. Client input is invited during the
development and testing of these new products.
Ensuring regulated entities
are meeting their obligations,
reporting correct information
and receiving entitlements
The Clean Energy Regulator will:
The Clean Energy Regulator will
achieve these goals and deliver on
this objective, by:
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