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External scrutiny

Our agency is 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 (ANAO).

External decision and reports

In 2016–17 there were no relevant judicial decisions.

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal confirmed a decision made by our agency in relation to the liability of an entity (TEC Pipe Pty Ltd) under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 for the 2014 compliance year35.

There were no matters referred to the Australian Information Commissioner.

Our 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 2016–17 we appeared before the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee on three occasions. We responded to 57 questions on notice, including whole of portfolio questions on corporate matters as well as questions on the operations of the schemes we administer.

Australian National Audit Office performance audit

The ANAO undertook an audit titled ‘Emissions Reduction Fund–Abatement Crediting and Purchasing’. The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of our crediting and selection of carbon abatement to purchase under the Emissions Reduction Fund.

The ANAO found our arrangements and processes are sound. The audit findings confirm we have created an appropriate awareness of Emissions Reduction Fund processes and have established effective arrangements to inform potential participants. This is evident in the high levels of participation and in the quality of feedback we receive through our annual client survey.

We welcome the findings of the ANAO audit, which concluded that the first two Emissions Reduction Fund auctions were conducted effectively and in accordance with published auction guidance.

Our full response to the ANAO audit is on our website.

  1. TEC Pipe Pty Ltd and Clean Energy Regulator [2017] AATA 48.

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