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The Clean Energy Act 2011 has been repealed.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 have received assistance under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program for the 2013-14 financial year, you will be required to provide a report to the Clean Energy Regulator as part of a true-up process relating to the discontinuation of that program.

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

The Repeal Bill provides that details of the reporting and true-up process will be contained in a legislative instrument made by the Minister.

The Department of the Environment has released an exposure draft of the Clean Energy Legislation Rules 2014 which is available on the Department of the Environment website for public consultation. The consultation process closes on 18 July 2014.

The Clean Energy Regulator will provide further guidance to recipients of assistance under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program for the 2013-14 year once the Clean Energy Legislation Rules 2014 are made.

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 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.

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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