During 2017–18 our agency was accountable to the Parliament through the Minister for the Environment and Energy. Other external scrutiny includes examination by parliamentary committees, the Commonwealth Ombudsman and Australian National Audit Office.
In 2017–18 there were no relevant judicial decisions. One matter, Country Carbon v Clean Energy Regulator VID 108 of 2017, was heard in the Federal Court on 17 and 18 April 2018 and, as at 30 June 2018, judgment was pending.
Four applications were made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the Regulator’s decisions. One of these matters, relating to the Regulator’s refusal to make a calculated-emissions baseline, was withdrawn by the applicant. As a consequence, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal dismissed this matter with effect from 27 February 2018. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal stayed the three other matters, pending the outcome of the Federal Court case Country Carbon v Clean Energy Regulator.
One matter referred to the Australian Information Commissioner was dismissed on 28 May 2018.
During 2017–18 our operations were not the subject of any reports by the Auditor-General (other than the financial statements), parliamentary committees or the Commonwealth Ombudsman.
In 2017–18, we appeared before the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee on three occasions. We responded to 10 questions on notice, including whole-of-portfolio questions on corporate matters as well as questions on the operations of the schemes we administer.
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