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Opening an ANREU account

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20 January 2016

To open an Australian national registry of emissions units (ANREU) account, applicants must complete an application form.

Applicants who do not have an existing client number with the Clean Energy Regulator will also need to complete the client information form and the Australian Federal Police national police check, provide relevant proof of identity documentation, and declare their status as a 'fit and proper person'.

Applicants may nominate as many authorised representatives as required, including one representative that must be identified as the primary representative for the account and who will be the first point of contact for any administrative matters relating to the account.

Certifying your documents

All documents submitted to support an application for an organisation must be certified copies of original documents.

The Clean Energy Regulator will accept documents certified as a true copy by one of the following persons residing in Australia:

  • a bank, building society or credit union officer with five or more continuous years of service
  • a commissioner for declarations
  • a judge of a court
  • a justice of the peace
  • a legal practitioner
  • a medical practitioner
  • a minister of religion registered under subdivision A of division 1 of part IV of the Marriage Act 1961
  • a police officer, or
  • a sheriff or a sheriff's officer.

Documents should be certified copies, not originals, as they will not be returned.

Account representatives

An account representative is authorised to operate an account on behalf of an account holder. All ANREU accounts require at least one authorised representative. Account holders may nominate as many authorised representatives as they wish, however one representative must be identified as the primary representative for the account and will be the first point of contact for the account.

If no authorised representatives are nominated on the ANREU application form then the applicant will be deemed to be the sole authorised primary representative.

As the account holder you can appoint an authorised representative to manage the units and transactions within your account. The Clean Energy Regulator will add, remove or change the personal details of the authorised representatives you nominate, in accordance with the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act 2011 and the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Regulations 2011. It is important to ensure your authorised representative information is kept up to date and you regularly review who has access to the account. This is especially important if:

  • authorised representatives leave your company, or
  • authorised representatives change positions or responsibilities within your company.

ANREU security safeguards

All authorised representatives are provided with a unique user-identification and password by the Clean Energy Regulator, which must be entered when accessing ANREU. Passwords expire and must be renewed every 90 days, or can be manually reset anytime from the ANREU log in page. If you require assistance to reset your password please email registry-contact@cleanenergyregulator.gov.au

It is recommended that two authorised representatives complete all transactions, such as a change of ownership of an emission unit—an 'initiator' to commence the process and an 'approver' to complete it. You can nominate authorised representatives as either an initiator only, approver only or both initiator and approver. You can also contact the Clean Energy Regulator if you wish to change the roles for your authorised representatives.

Having two people complete each transaction reduces the risk of fraud or user error. Where there is only one authorised representative for the account, that one person can perform both these actions providing they are authorised to do so. If more than one individual is nominated as an authorised representative they cannot be both the initiator and approver for the same transaction.

To add or remove an authorised representative to your account, you will need to complete a form to vary an authorised representative for an ANREU account, available on the opening an ANREU account page.

Non–individuals and trusts applying for an ANREU account must nominate a minimum of one authorised representative.

Questions about applications

For any questions about opening an ANREU account please contact us.

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