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Applying for exemption certificates

14 July 2017

Under the Renewable Energy Target, companies who conduct eligible em​issions-intensive trade-exposed activities​ can apply for exemption certificates.

How to apply

The 2017 exemption certificate application form is now available. The 2017 exemption certificate application round closes on 30 March 2017. This is a legislated deadline and no extensions can be granted.

In addition to the standard application form, the Clean Energy Regulator may also require supplementary forms, depending on your circumstances.

Learn more about forms to apply for an exemption certificate.

​Submitting a validly made application for exemption

The Clean Energy Regulator will only assess validly made applications for exemption certificates. Validly made applications must be accurately completed and contain all information required in the application forms in accordance with relevant provisions in the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 (the Act) and the the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 (the Regulations). This includes any documentation that supports the application.

To ensure that an application for an exemption certificate is a validly made application, applicants should familiarise themselves with relevant parts of the Act and the Regulations before applying for an exemption certificate. 

If an application is not validly made, the Clean Energy Regulator will advise the applicant in writing that the application is not validly made and the reasons why it is not a validly made application:

  • the applicant may re-submit an application for assessment before the legislated deadline. 
  • where applications are not validly made and the deadline has passed, no further assessment will be undertaken.

It is recommended that you submit your application early in 2017 to allow sufficient time to assess whether your application is validly made.

The Clean Energy Regulator will not issue Requests for Further Information for applic​ations not validly made.

Issuing exemption certificates

Exemption certificates are issued to the company who made the application (referred to as the prescribed person), for electricity used in the eligible emissions-intensive trade-exposed activity conducted in the year listed on the certificate.​

Each exemption certificate states the amount, in megawatt-hours, of electricity approved for exemption.

Auditing applications

Applications for exemption must also include an audit report if:

  • the application is made by a prescribed person under regulation 22G, 22H, 22I, 22J or 22K of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001, and

  • the amount of exemption (in MWh) applied for exceeds 15,000MWh for the application year.

The audit report must comply with the requirements of regulation 22UB of the regulations.

The audit report guideline for exemption certificate applications is available to assist you and your auditor to prepare an audit report.

To learn more about the requirement for applications to include an audit report, see paragraph 46A(2)(bb) of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 and Subdivision BA of Division 4 of Part 3A of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001​. ​

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