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Our operating environment

Dynamic and rapidly changing environment

As an agency we are flexible to quickly respond to changes in our operating environment. This is particularly relevant given the dynamic changes that occur in the energy market and the other markets the schemes we administer operate in.

During the reporting year, there were reviews of the Emissions Reduction Fund, the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme and the safeguard mechanism. We contributed information to the reviews based on our data and expertise in regulatory systems, and will implement any resulting adjustments to our schemes as necessary.

Over the next few years, we expect the energy market to continue to evolve. Consumers and businesses are showing a strong preference for renewable energy, however, this transition must be managed to ensure reliability.

To reduce uncertainty for clients and investors throughout these periods of change, we will maintain a considered, consistent and transparent approach in our dealings with them, as highlighted in our compliance priorities published in 2017 (see Our compliance approach). We also provide transparency by publishing regular market updates and data sets to ensure the market is fully informed to function well.

Importance of data integrity

To ensure the integrity and useability of our data into the future, we will continue to become more sophisticated in the way we use and share data to inform our clients and markets, the public and policy makers.

For data governance, sharing and management, we are guided by the principles of whole-of-government initiatives such as the Digital Transformation Agenda and the Public Data Policy Statement, as well as lessons learned in the private sector.

We will continue to pursue opportunities for improvement, ranging from using automation to enhance efficiency and decision making, to harnessing data analytics to improve understanding of the markets our schemes operate in, so we can more effectively adjust our processes to changing circumstances and identify non-compliance early (see feature in National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme).

Strong relationships with partners

We are committed to building on our relationships with our partners to enhance and leverage greater value from our collective data holdings.

One of our priorities for managing compliance is to increase the use of data to compare, analyse and assess client activity through data matching. For example, we partner with the Australian Energy Market Operator to allow data matching of electricity metering data, we work with the Clean Energy Council, the Smart Energy Council and industry to validate data on solar panel serial numbers to reduce potential fraud in the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, and cooperate with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to analyse potential criminal threats to our schemes. We have established relationships with the CSIRO, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to link our data to broader data sets, which policy makers can use to better understand the interactions between greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and business activity.

We will continue to seek out new partners to further develop our capabilities and ensure positive outcomes for the community.

Portfolio and minister

During 2017–18 we operated within the Environment and Energy portfolio, reporting to the Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP. On 20 December 2017, the Hon Melissa Price MP, was appointed as Assistant Minister for the Environment.


The Clean Energy Regulator was established on 2 April 2012 as an independent statutory authority under the Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011.

Climate change laws we administer include:

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