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29 November 2023

We welcome parliamentary scrutiny as a significant and appropriate element of governance and a positive opportunity for constructive dialogue.


We report to the parliament across the following areas:


We are committed to transparent decision-making processes and to providing access to a fair and objective procedure for the internal review of our decisions.

What is an internal review of a decision?

An internal review of a decision is the process of reviewing a primary decision that was made within the agency by an officer of the agency. This process aims to test the merits of the decision and either affirm or vary the primary decision.

The law provides that a decision recipient can seek an internal review of certain statutory decisions under the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act 2011, the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011, the Clean Energy Act 2011, the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000, and their associated regulations, before going to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

Under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007  and associated regulations, there is no statutory requirement to seek an internal review of a decision.

Further information​

Further information is available on our internal review of decisions page. Alternatively, you can contact us about our internal decision review process at

Annual Statement of Compliance with the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework

The Commonwealth Child Safe Framework (the Framework) was established in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Framework aims to protect children and young people from the risk of harm and abuse. The Framework sets the minimum standards for Commonwealth entities to ensure a safe environment for children and includes four key requirements around risk​ assessment and mitigation, training and compliance, and National Principles for child safe organisation.

The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and compliance with the whole-of-government Commonwealth Child Safe Framework (CCSF).

The role of the CER is to administer schemes legislated by the Australian Government for measuring, managing, reducing or offsetting Australia's carbon emissions. The CER has very limited contact with children, with limited offsite operations the only interaction with children if any at all.

The CER will establish an ongoing communication program and identify any roles that may have interaction with children so staff can be trained, to ensure staff are aware of, and comply with, our child safety requirements.

The CER will also adopt and implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

The CER understands the important role staff play in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children, including the legal obligation to report any real or suspected instances of grooming or abuse of a minor to police as soon as practicable.

The CER’s risk assessment of our operations has a rating of low risk. Our activities do not involve contact with children and there have been no other identifiable child safety risks.

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