Jobs and Competitiveness Program

Carbon pricing mechanism repeal

The Clean Energy Act 2011 has been repealed. This abolishes the carbon pricing mechanism from 1 July 2014. Liable entities must still meet their carbon price obligations for the 2013-14 financial year.

Content on the Clean Energy Regulator website will be progressively updated to reflect these changes. More information can be found on the carbon pricing mechanism repeal page.

The Jobs and Competitiveness Program has been discontinued with effect from 1 July 2014 as part of abolition of the carbon pricing mechanism. This will mean that applications under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program for the 2014-15 financial year that have already been received by the Clean Energy Regulator will not be considered and applicants will be advised accordingly.

If you received assistance under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program for the 2013-14 financial year, the Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) (Jobs and Competitiveness Program) Rules 2014 (the Rules) requires that a report be given to the Clean Energy Regulator in order to ‘true-up’ the assistance received for a ‘reportable application’. Under the previous legislation, a similar true-up would have been made as part of the 2014-15 Jobs and Competitiveness Program application process.

Background

Under the carbon pricing mechanism, the Jobs and Competitiveness Program provided ongoing assistance to entities that faced high carbon costs and were constrained in their capacity to pass through costs in global markets. The program issued free carbon units to eligible applicants for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 years.

True-up report for 2013-14 year

The true-up report is due by 31 October 2014 (unless an extension is allowed under the Rules).

You must:

The Explanatory Statement to the Rules 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).

However, applications for the EITE activity mentioned in Division 53 or Division 54 of Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Regulations must be received by the Clean Energy Regulator no later than close of business on 31 December 2014 (subclause 702(1D) of the Regulations).

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).

However, applications for the EITE activity mentioned in Division 53 or Division 54 of Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Regulations must be received by the Clean Energy Regulator no later than close of business on 31 December 2014 (subclause 702(1D) of the Regulations).

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.

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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