Our purpose–accelerating carbon abatement for Australia–is derived from our statutory responsibilities.
We achieve our purpose by administering schemes for measuring, managing, reducing or offsetting Australia’s carbon emissions. In 2017–18 we administered the following schemes:
We also maintain
online registries and systems that enable participation in our schemes. This includes the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units (ANREU), Emissions and Energy Reporting System (EERS), and Renewable Energy Certificate Registry (REC Registry). In addition, our Client Portal provides online forms and resources for scheme participants, and we publish comprehensive information and guidance on our website. For details, see
Online registries and systems.
We are responsible for:
We uphold the Australian Public Service values of impartiality, commitment to service, accountability, respect and ethical behaviour.
We also value:
These value sets are complementary and underpin how we work with each other, as well as with clients, partners and stakeholders across government and industry.
The Clean Energy Regulator is a non-corporate Commonwealth entity for the purposes of the
Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
We have a unique structure, with the term Clean Energy Regulator having two meanings:
See more details about the Members of the Regulator Board, our executive staff and agency in
To achieve our purpose, we work closely with our clients to support their actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, invest in generation of renewable energy, and comply with our schemes. We take fraud and non-compliance seriously, and take necessary action to ensure scheme integrity.
We also maintain strong relationships with our partners and stakeholders, to work collaboratively towards our purpose.
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Our clients are the organisations and individuals who participate in our schemes and their professional advisers, including:
We invest in knowing our clients and developing strong relationships of trust, including through client education and guidance materials to help them understand how to participate in and comply with our schemes. In 2017–18 we had a focus on consulting and collaborating with our clients to develop policies, procedures and practices to facilitate participation, ensure compliance and promote scheme integrity.
Our partners include the Department of the Environment and Energy, Commonwealth, state and territory regulatory bodies, and law enforcement agencies. We work with our regulatory partners to share information to ensure the integrity of the schemes we administer. We also provide information to assist other Commonwealth, state and territory government organisations to discharge their responsibilities under relevant legislation.
A range of formal agreements, lawful disclosure arrangements and staff secondments underpin our partnerships with other agencies to cooperate and exchange information to assist each agency to fulfil its regulatory responsibilities. This includes sharing relevant information, gathering intelligence and referring matters to the appropriate body, including Commonwealth, state and territory agencies for law enforcement purposes (see examples of building relationships with our partners in
Our operating environment).
We also work closely with scheme auditors and inspectors (see
Our stakeholders include the Minister and Assistant Minister for the Environment and Energy, other Commonwealth departments and agencies, independent experts, service providers, industry associations and other bodies, investors in renewable energy, and the Australian public. We regularly engage and consult with our stakeholders on policies, procedures and practices in support of our objectives and purpose. In 2017–18 we also engaged in co-design with industry. For detail see the
Corporate Plan 2017–2021 articulates four objectives we need to realise to achieve our purpose of accelerating carbon abatement for Australia.
As shown in Figure 3, our objectives describe the type of regulator we aspire to be, the relationships we need to build, and our approaches to allocating resources, investment and operations.
We want our clients to be informed, capable and willing to comply. To be effective, we need to attract and retain clients that meet the requirements of our voluntary schemes and can benefit from our schemes’ incentives. We also need to encourage compliance by assisting clients that have mandatory obligations under the schemes.
Our strategies to achieve this objective include investing in knowing our clients and communicating with them in ways that meet their needs, helping them understand how to participate and comply through client education and guidance, using targeted enforcement to deter non-compliance, and assisting clients to self-select if they determine they have the ability to meet requirements and achieve anticipated results.
As an agency operating for the public good, we have an obligation to be efficient and effective. In response to the government’s regulatory reform agenda, we continuously look for ways to do things more efficiently for us and our clients.
Our strategies to achieve this objective include using risk-based and continuous improvement approaches to make best use of our resources, maintaining and enhancing the skills and expertise of our people and encouraging innovation.
To address the challenge of reducing carbon emissions, the Clean Energy Regulator will need to operate for many years as a capable trusted agency relied upon to make sound decisions based on excellent knowledge and data.
Our strategies to achieve this objective include building and sustaining our reputation and impact through sound relationships and partnerships, and promoting our value and the importance of our data.
Our changing policy environment and client base, and the need to operate efficiently, mean that we need resilient and adaptable long-term processes and systems, as well as reliable data.
Our strategies to achieve this objective include ensuring our regulatory infrastructure is reliable, resilient and can be reused in response to policy change, and protecting the integrity and utility of our schemes.
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