Jobs and Competitiveness Program

Purpose

Under the carbon pricing mechanism, the Jobs and Competitiveness Program provides ongoing assistance to entities that face high carbon costs and are constrained in their capacity to pass through costs in global markets. The program issues free carbon units to eligible applicants.

Through the Jobs and Competitiveness Program, the most emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities receive assistance to cover 94.5 per cent of industry average carbon costs in the first year of the carbon price. Less emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities receive assistance to cover 66 per cent of industry average carbon costs in the first year. Assistance reduces by 1.3 per cent each year to encourage industry to cut pollution.

Applying for assistance for 2014-15 year

Important note: Applications for assistance under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program for 2014-15 open on 1 July 2014. However, applicants should be aware that the Government has introduced a package of bills into the Parliament which if passed, will have the effect of repealing the Clean Energy Act 2011 and abolishing the carbon pricing mechanism, otherwise known as the carbon tax, with effect from 1 July 2014. If those bills are passed by the Parliament, the Jobs and Competitiveness Program will also be discontinued with effect from 1 July 2014. In that event, the Clean Energy Regulator will not accept any further applications for assistance under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program for 2014-15. Any applications already received will not be considered and applicants will be advised accordingly.

If you wish to apply:

The Summary and Policy Guidance note on the Jobs and Competitiveness Program and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) also provides additional information.

Applying for assistance for 2013-14 year

Applications for 2013-14 opened on 1 July 2013 and closed on 31 October 2013 (except where extensions were allowed under the legislation).

The Summary and Policy Guidance note on the Jobs and Competitiveness Program and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) also provides additional information.

Applying for assistance for 2012-13 year

Applications for 2012-13 opened on 1 July 2012 and closed on 31 October 2012 (except where extensions were allowed under the legislation).

For more information, see our Presentation on Jo​bs and Competitiveness Program which introduces the program and provides general advice on completing the application form.

The Summary and Policy Guidance note on the Jobs and Competitiveness Program and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) also provides additional information.

Eligible EITE activities

See emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities.

Program reviews

The Productivity Commission will review the Jobs and Competitiveness Program in the third year of the carbon price (2014–15) and at regular intervals after that. These reviews will consider a range of issues, including whether to adopt the framework for assistance proposed by the Garnaut Climate Change Review—Update 2011.

The Productivity Commission will also examine the impact of carbon pricing on the competitiveness of emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries, and may recommend changes to the assistance rates or the carbon productivity contribution that applies to any particular activity.

In addition, entities may ask the Government to assess the impact of the carbon price on their sector. The Government will establish guidelines that set out when such requests would be referred to the Productivity Commission and the terms of reference for such reviews.

Regular reviews will ensure that the Jobs and Competitiveness Program remains in step with international action on climate change and continues to support jobs and competitiveness.

Publishing information about the issue of free carbon units

  • Information about the issue of free carbon units is published in accordance with section 198 of the Clean Energy Act 2011. For more details, see issue of free carbon units.
  • Quarterly reports on the issue of free carbon units will be published as soon as practicable after the end of each quarter.

Further information

If you have further questions, please email industryassistanceschemes@cleanenergyregulator.gov.au.​
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