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Project and audit reports

​You need to report on your project to the Clean Energy Regulator. Audits are required where indicated in your project’s audit schedule, which the Clean Energy Regulator will provide following registration of your project.

You must submit your first report between one and two years from the date the project was registered and then up to every two years thereafter. The aggregated small energy users method requires that for each population measurement periods run for at least 12 months and be wholly contained within a reporting period. The most frequently a project with one population can report is annually, however projects with multiple populations can split the reporting into parts, provided each part consists of one or more population(s).

Division one of part five of the method lists the information that must be included in your project reports. Applications for ACCUs can be made at the same time as you submit your project reports using the electronic ERF Project Reporting and Crediting Application form through the Clean Energy Regulator Client Portal. Full reporting, record keeping and monitoring requirements are set out in regulations and rules made under the Act. You should familiarise yourself with these requirements.

The Clean Energy Regulator will not issue Australian carbon credit units automatically on receipt of a project report.

Emission reduction Fund projects are able to generate credits throughout their crediting period. The crediting period for an aggregated small energy users project is seven years.

The role of audit

Audits assess whether a project complies with project registration, the relevant method and legislative requirements. Audit reports must be prepared by a registered category two​ greenhouse and energy auditor.

The Clean Energy Regulator recommends you engage your auditor early when developing your project to ensure the project is auditable and to assist the auditor to plan activities throughout the reporting and post-reporting periods. You may also wish to discuss the role of the accredited statistician with the auditor.

The costs of any audit are your responsibility or the responsibility of your organisation. You must make available to the auditor all necessary documents and information, including data records, receipts, and other supporting documentation, and calculation. For more information about auditing your project see the reporting and auditing page.

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