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Partnerships

The Clean Energy Regulator works closely with its regulatory partners to share information to ensure the integrity of the schemes it administers. This includes sharing relevant information, gathering intelligence and referring matters for law enforcement if necessary.

The agency also provides information to assist other Commonwealth, state and territory government organisations to discharge their responsibilities under respective legislation.

The agency's partnerships are underpinned by a range of formal agreements, lawful disclosure arrangements and through secondments. These mechanisms facilitate cooperation and the exchange of information to assist each agency to fulfil its regulatory responsibilities. This includes referring matters that require enforcement to the appropriate body. During 2014–15, referrals were made to Commonwealth, state and territory agencies and to international agencies to enable and support enforcement activities as required.

Following the repeal of the carbon price the Clean Energy Regulator reviewed existing arrangements for exchanging information with partner agencies. These arrangements are being updated to reflect the agency's amended responsibilities under the new legislation.

To support the administration of the Emissions Reduction Fund, the Clean Energy Regulator is negotiating new formal agreements with state-based authorities of the energy efficiency schemes.

 

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Phoenix Taskforce

The Clean Energy Regulator is a member of the Prescribed Phoenix Taskforce, which was established on 13 November 2014 and was prescribed as a taskforce in the Tax Administration Regulations. Through this taskforce the Clean Energy Regulator is assisting with the whole-of-government initiative to combat phoenix activity. Phoenix activity involves the intentional transfer of assets from an indebted company to a new company to avoid paying creditors, tax or employee entitlements.

By sharing relevant information with the taskforce regarding suspected phoenix activity, the Clean Energy Regulator is helping to protect the integrity of the schemes it administers.

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