The Clean Energy Regulator is subject to the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and is obliged to comply with the requirements of the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). This information publication plan describes how the agency proposes to do this, as required by section 8(1) of the FOI Act.
The Clean Energy Regulator will continue to build and foster a culture of proactive disclosure of information which will underpin the successful implementation and administration of the IPS. This practice recognises that public sector information is a national resource managed for public purposes and aligns with the agency’s commitment to using engagement, education and support to facilitate compliance with our schemes.
The purpose of the information publication plan is to describe how the Clean Energy Regulator will comply with the requirements of the IPS. It is intended to:
The objectives of this plan are to outline appropriate processes and procedures to:
The Chief Executive Officer of the Clean Energy Regulator has designated the agency's General Counsel as the senior officer responsible for leading the agency's compliance with the IPS. As part of managing the ongoing administration of the IPS information holdings, the agency will be proactive in developing a range of documents and tools to ensure compliance with the IPS.
The Clean Energy Regulator will engage with relevant Australian Government entities with a view to adopting best practice in the administration of the IPS.
The Clean Energy Regulator invites members of the public to
contact us with comments on the IPS information holdings, particularly where documents are found not to be discoverable, understandable or machine-readable. The agency will publish a feedback form on the IPS section of the website inviting users' comments.
The FOI Coordinator will arrange for the Clean Energy Regulator's IPS documents, which are not available on the Clean Energy Regulator's website, to be made available upon request.
A document may be requested by sending an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or sending a short letter to GPO Box 621 Canberra, ACT 2601.
The Clean Energy Regulator may charge a person for accessing any IPS document which is impractical to publish online, but will do so:
The information for the Clean Energy Regulator's IPS entry is published on the Clean Energy Regulator website under the following headings:
To ensure that the IPS information is easily discoverable, understandable and machine-readable, the Clean Energy Regulator will:
The Clean Energy Regulator will publish links to documents included in its IPS entry in the IPS section of its website and provide details of how copies of those documents may be obtained.
The Clean Energy Regulator, as far as possible, will make its IPS information holdings available for reuse on open licensing terms.
Details about the organisational structure of the Clean Energy Regulator can be found on the
Corporate structure page of the Clean Energy Regulator's website. Details about employment arrangements can be found on the
Work for us page and information about statutory appointments can be found on the
Accountability and reporting page.
For statutory appointees, the Clean Energy Regulator publishes on the
Chair and members page of the website the name of the person appointed, the length or term of appointment, the position to which the person is appointed (and particulars of the position) and the provision of the legislation under which the person is appointed
What we do section of the website includes information about the Clean Energy Regulator's role in administering the
Emissions Reduction Fund, the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme the
Renewable Energy Target and the
Safeguard Mechanism. It contains an outline of the Regulator's decision-making and other functions and powers, as well as any rules, guidelines, practices and precedents relating to the exercise of those functions and powers.
Operational information is information created by the agency to assist the agency to perform or exercise its functions or powers in making decisions or recommendations which affect members of the public (or any particular person or entity, or class of persons or entities), such as checklists and standard operating procedures.
Contact us page contains contact information for the FOI unit from whom a copy of any of the listed documents can be requested.
Parliamentary and statutory reporting section of the website includes the full text of the Clean Energy Regulator's annual reports tabled in Parliament, senate reports and expenditure on legal services.
Under section 11(C) of the FOI Act, the Clean Energy Regulator is required to publish information released under the access provisions of the FOI Act in its FOI disclosure log, subject to certain exceptions.
Exceptions include the publication of:
Consultation includes information about how and to whom a comment may be submitted by members of the public. The consultation process will be set out on a case-by-case basis.
Contact us section of the website includes the telephone number and email address for the FOI Unit, who can be contacted about access to the Clean Energy Regulator's information or documents under the FOI Act. A generic email address and phone number have been established for this purpose, which will not change with staff movements or absence.
Accountability and reporting page on the website includes current corporate plans, assessments and reviews.
Accountability and reporting page on the website includes the Clean Energy Regulator's budget and financial information, procurement procedures, tendering and contracts.
Parliamentary and statutory reporting page on the website includes agency contracts, grants and appointments.
Parliamentary and statutory reporting page on the website includes submissions made by the Clean Energy Regulator to Parliamentary committees.
Policies and publications page on the website includes the Clean Energy Regulator's Enterprise agreement, corporate publications, Service charter and a number of policies such as the Complaints handling policy.
Other publications not covered by these headings such as fact sheets, speeches and guidelines can be found under
Operational information and on the agency website.
The Clean Energy Regulator will review its compliance with the IPS annually and the operation of its IPS every five years, in accordance with guidelines issued by the Information Commissioner. Should reviews be required more frequently the Clean Energy Regulator will undertake them as required.
The Clean Energy Regulator will consider the following in measuring its IPS performance:
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