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Forms and guidance

27 February 2024

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Safeguard Mechanism reforms

The Safeguard Mechanism has been reformed following a consultation process undertaken by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

New obligations and reporting requirements apply to Safeguard facility financial years commencing on or after 1 July 2023:

About these forms and guidelines

The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) has a range of application forms and guides available to assist you to in managing your Safeguard Mechanism obligations.

The CER may update or remove this information as required and you are encouraged to check that you are using the latest version of each document.

Deadlines for applications can be found in each application form and guides (where available) and on the Key dates page.

Additional forms and guidance will be released in due course.

Online Services is the new front door for scheme participants, replacing the Client Portal (Beta). If you already have a Client Portal account, you can use this to log into Online Services.

Guidance for compliance with the Safeguard Mechanism in 2022–23

Production-adjusted baseline guidance

This guidance is designed to assist responsible emitters to understand the requirements around applying for a production-adjusted baseline for financial years ending before 1 July 2023. Production-adjusted baselines will not be used for financial years starting on or after 1 July 2023.

documentasset:Safeguard mechanism guidance - production-adjusted baselines

Calculated baseline guidance

This guidance is designed to assist responsible emitters to understand the requirements around applying for a calculated baseline for financial years ending before 1 July 2023. Calculated baselines will not be used for financial years starting on or after 1 July 2023.

documentasset:Safeguard mechanism guidance - calculated baselines

Forms for compliance with the Safeguard Mechanism in 2022–23

Application for a production adjusted baseline

The production-adjusted baseline application is available in Online Services.

If you are unable to submit the application in Online Services you can request a copy of it by contacting the Safeguard Section on 1300 553 542 or cer-safeguardbaselines@cer.gov.au.

Application for a calculated baseline

Responsible emitters wishing to apply for a calculated baseline for financial years ending before 1 July 2023 must complete the application form and the relevant annexure (depending on the criteria the application is made under).

documentasset:CER-NGER-015 Calculated baseline application form

documentasset:CER-NGER-010 Annexure A Transitional calculated baseline criteria

documentasset:CER-NGER-010 Annexure C Inherent emissions variability criteria

Responsible emitters must also ensure all documentation requirements including audit and assurance are completed prior to submitting an application.

We encourage applicants to contact us on 1300 553 542 or via email cer-safeguardbaselines@cer.gov.au if they have questions about any aspect of the calculated baseline application p

rocess.

Application for a multi-year monitoring period

The multi-year monitoring period (MYMP) form is available in Online Services.

Application for a landfill baseline

This form is for any responsible emitter of a landfill facility who wishes to apply for a landfill baseline determination under section 52 of the Safeguard Rule.

documentasset:CER-NGER-017 Application for a landfill baseline

Nomination for a national transport facility

This form allows a responsible emitter (the nominee) to nominate to have their state or territory-based transport facilities defined as a single national transport facility for the purposes of reporting under the NGER scheme and managing its obligations under the Safeguard Mechanism.

documentasset:CER NGER national transport facility form

Registration as a responsible emitter

The registration as a responsible emitter form is available in Online Services.

Prescribed production variable reporting form

The Safeguard prescribed production variable reporting form is available in Online Services. This form is for submitting actual production quantities for all prescribed (annually adjusted) production variables under your current or planned production-adjusted baselin​e.

You must submit this form if you:

  • have a current production-adjusted baseline that uses one or more prescribed (annually adjusted) production variables
  • expect to submit a production-adjusted baseline to commence in 2022-23 financial year.

If you are unable to submit the form in Online Services you can request a paper copy of it by contacting the Safeguard Section on 1300 553 542 or cer-safeguardbaselines@cer.gov.au.

Guidance for compliance with the Safeguard Mechanism in 2023–24

Application for an emissions-intensity determination

This guidance is designed to assist responsible emitters to understand the requirements around applying for an emissions-intensity determination for financial years starting on or after 1 July 2023.

documentasset:Safeguard Mechanism - Emissions-intensity determination application guideline

Application for a multi-year monitoring period

This guidance is designed to assist responsible emitters to understand the requirements around applying for multi-year monitoring period ​after 1 July 2023.

documentasset:Safeguard Mechanism – Multi-year monitoring period application guideline

Forms for compliance with the Safeguard Mechanism in 2023–24

Application for an emissions-intensity determination

The emissions-intensity determination form is available in Online Services.

Application for a multi-year monitoring period

The multi-year monitoring period (MYMP) application ​form is available in Online Services.

Application for a trade-exposed baseline-adjusted determination

The trade-exposed baseline-adjusted application form is available in Online Services.

Application for a borrowing adjustment determination

The borrowing adjustment determination application form is available in Online Services.


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