Australia has introduced a price on carbon to support our transition to a low carbon economy.
The carbon pricing mechanism started on 1 July 2012. It applies to Australia’s biggest polluters who have to report on, and pay a price for, their carbon pollution. This creates incentives to reduce emissions.
The price is fixed each year for the first three years, starting at $23 a tonne in 2012–13. Then from 2015–16 the price will be set by the market.
The Clean Energy Regulator administers Australia's carbon pricing mechanism. The Clean Energy Future website includes general information about the carbon pricing mechanism for the community.