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External scrutiny

The Clean Energy Regulator is accountable to the Parliament through the Minister for the Environment. Other external scrutiny includes a Parliamentary committee, the Commonwealth Ombudsman and Australian National Audit Office.

External decision and reports

In 2014–15, there was no significant impact on the agency from judicial decisions, or decisions by administrative tribunals or the Australian Information Commissioner.

The Clean Energy Regulator's operations were not the subject of any reports by the Auditor-General (other than the financial statements), parliamentary committees or the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Parliamentary committees

In 2014–15, the Clean Energy Regulator appeared before the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee on three occasions. The agency responded to 155 questions on notice, including whole-of-portfolio questions on corporate matters as well as questions on the operations of the schemes the Clean Energy Regulator administers.

The Clean Energy Regulator also provided evidence to two Senate Committees during 2014–15. On 1 July 2014, the Clean Energy Regulator attended a public hearing of the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee inquiry into the Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014. Comments provided appear in the committee's final report released on 7 July 2014. On 19 May 2015, the Clean Energy Regulator appeared before the Senate Select Committee into Wind Turbines.

During the year, the Clean Energy Regulator also responded to one parliamentary question on notice concerning renewable energy certificates issued under the Renewable Energy Target. Responses to all questions on notice are published on the Parliament of Australia's website.

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