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A trusted, relevant and expert institution

To effectively carry out our role in relation to the challenge of reducing carbon emissions, the Clean Energy Regulator needs to operate as a capable, trusted agency relied upon to make sound decisions based on excellent knowledge and reliable data.

We need to be agile and responsive to changes to our environment and work with industry, expert groups and associations to drive compliance in the sector.


  • Build and sustain the agency’s reputation and impact through sound stakeholder and client relationships and partnerships with other relevant institutions and regulatory bodies.
  • Promote the value of our assets, the quality of our results and the strength of our capabilities.
  • Place a strong emphasis on using the data we hold to generate insights and make lawful, consistent, transparent and robust decisions.
  • Share the data we hold for the public good, in line with the secrecy and privacy provisions of our legislation.

Strategic priorities

  • Integrate information and data from multiple schemes and external sources to improve data quality to increase the efficiency and integrity of decision-making.
  • Use our data to increase the transparency of the operation of markets and increase market confidence.
  • Work collaboratively with the Department of the Environment and Energy to fulfil our role as a joint steward in administering our schemes.
  • Leverage our data and regulatory experience to provide our expertise to the Department of the Environment and Energy and other agencies.
  • Maintain our capability and reputation to implement new programs.
  • Look for additional opportunities to support and assist other agencies using our data and analytics capabilities.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Proportion of contracted abatement delivered.
  • Proportion of scheme-based statutory decisions upheld upon internal or external reviews.
  • Proportion of safeguard facilities without an excess emissions situation after the previous reporting year.
  • Proportion of entities that complied with statutory registration deadlines.
  • Compliance levels by regulated and liable entities.
  • Level of client satisfaction with the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme data available on the Information Portal.
  • Level of market confidence with the Clean Energy Regulator as a market regulator.
  • Level of client satisfaction with registries and reporting systems.

Putting our data to work

We are strongly invested in creating and maintaining data sharing partnerships with our clients, stakeholders and government agencies. We are increasingly relied upon to share our regulatory experience and market knowledge to provide advice, information and support. Many of these shared insights are attributable to the large volume of high-value information and data on energy, emissions and abatement that we collect, analyse and publish. In return, we rely upon increasing volumes of information obtained by our partners to continue to inform the effective administration of our schemes and the operation of markets.

We consider the information and data we hold to be particularly valuable in informing policy and program development, reporting on Australia’s international commitments and measuring progress towards emissions targets. The data we receive from our industry and government partners assist in informing our regulatory approach and the markets, monitoring compliance and managing our schemes. Through collaborations with regulatory partners and government agencies, we have implemented a number of data exchange activities, such as:

  • an automated data exchange with the Australian Energy Market Operator that uses electricity meter data to detect and prevent ineligible claims for renewable energy certificates
  • a data exchange mechanism with state and territory agencies to verify the eligibility of Emissions Reduction Fund participants, and
  • working with CSIRO’s Data61 project to explore how agency-held energy data can be incorporated in the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure project.

We are continually looking at new ways to more effectively collect, use and share data already available to government to reduce the burden on clients and support the integrity of our schemes. More broadly we are actively supporting the government’s public data policies by publishing agency data on open, free platforms where our legislation permits and by adding value to data products.


In line with the whole-of-government move to increase and improve information and data-sharing outcomes, the agency has a renewed focus on how to improve management and analysis of its information and data resources. This has included the development and implementation of a three-year Data and Reporting Strategy, improvement of our disclosure processes, development of an Open Data Strategy, continuing improvement of systems, and implementation of data-sharing projects with agencies such as the Australian Energy Market Operator.

Mr Mark Williamson, Executive General Manager

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