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Register and deregister

24 November 2016

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Who needs to apply to register

All controlling corporations that meet a threshold under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) scheme, must apply to be registered under section 12 of the NGER Act.

Under the Safeguard mechanism, all responsible emitters that are not also controlling corporations, are required to apply for registration under section 15B of the NGER Act, if they are not already registered. This requirement to register includes members of a registered controlling corporation's group.

A new (unregistered) controlling corporation that is also a responsible emitter, should apply for registration under section 12, not section 15B.

Once either type of application is approved by the Clean Energy Regulator, the registered entities name, and other information, will be entered on the National Greenhouse and Energy Register.

You do not need to apply for registration each year. Once registered you will remain on the National Greenhouse and Energy Register until an application for deregistration has been received.

If you are issued with a Reporting Transfer Certificate and you were not already registered under the NGER Act, the Clean Energy Regulator will register the holder of the Reporting Transfer Certificate and will enter its name on the National Greenhouse and Energy Register when the Reporting Transfer Certificate is issued. The Reporting Transfer Certificate holder does not have to separately apply for registration under the NGER Act.

A group member that has agreed to take on its controlling corporation's reporting obligations under a section 22X agreement does not need to apply for registration, unless it is also a responsible emitter under the safeguard mechanism.

When to register

Controlling corporations need to apply for registration by 31 August following the reporting year in which they first meet an NGER threshold. As the registration process may take some time, corporations are encouraged to apply for registration before the end of this deadline.

Reporting years under the NGER Scheme are the same as financial years-the first reporting period for controlling corporations was 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009. If you discover your corporation triggered a threshold in a past reporting period you are still obliged to register and report for that year, as well as any other years up to and including the current reporting year. Corporations only need to register once, and must report each year they remain registered.

Responsible emitters are required to apply for registration by 31 August following the year in which they are first covered by the safeguard mechanism. The safeguard mechanism applies to facilities with scope 1 covered emissions of more than 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalence per year. See coverage for more information. For example, a responsible emitter that is first covered by the safeguard mechanism in 2016-17, must have applied for registration by 31 August 2017.

How to register

If you have assessed that you are a controlling corporation or responsible emitter that has an obligation to apply for registration, you will need to download and complete the relevant form via the Clean Energy Regulator Client Portal.

What information is required to register

Generally, you need to provide the following information to apply for NGER registration:

  • Australian Business Number (ABN) or other identifying details, head office street address and head office postal address of the applicant
  • full name, email address, contact phone number and postal address of an executive officer (as applicable) and a contact person for the applicant
  • for controlling corporations; the name and ABN (or identifying details) of each affected group member, if any (i.e. subsidiaries that is a member of the controlling corporation's group, and
  • the financial year in which the requirement to register was first triggered (i.e. the first year that a controlling corporation met a reporting threshold or the first year that a responsible emitter had operational control over a safeguard facility)

Registration

Once the completed registration application form is received by the Clean Energy Regulator, the application will be verified to ensure that all the necessary information is provided. Registration is complete when the applicant's name is added to the National Greenhouse and Energy Register.

For controlling corporations, once registration is complete, the executive officer and contact person nominated in the application for registration will be notified directly with login details to complete their report in the Emissions and Energy Reporting System (EERS).

Registered controlling corporations must submit an annual report on the greenhouse gas emissions and energy production and consumption for facilities that are under its operational control, and under the operational control of members of its corporate group regardless of​ whether or not a threshold under the NGER Scheme has been met for that reporting year.

For responsible emitters, the executive officer and contact person nominated in the application for registration will only be given EERS logon details if the facility​ ​that the responsible emitter has operational control over is not already included in a section 19, 22G or 22X report. Where the safeguard facilities are already reported on, the responsible emitter will have no additional safeguard reporting obligations.

Deregistration

A person may apply to be deregistered providing it meets certain conditions. More information is provided in the documentasset:CER-DER-001 Application for deregistration

What next?

Before you report, you should be aware of the information provided on our Disclaimer, data disclosure, and privacy page.

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