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An exemption certificate is a letter confirming eligibility under the legislation and the use amount formula that determines the certifiable amount. An exemption certificate is issued in the Client Portal for a:
The certifiable amount is a letter that details the amount of electricity consumed as a relevant acquisition of electricity in megawatt hours (MWh) for the EITE activity at the site to produce the relevant product.
The exemption certificate and certifiable amount allow the liable entity to decrease their relevant acquisitions of electricity.
Reporting liability and
Calculating certificate liability for more information.
Companies that conduct eligible EITE activities can apply for exemption certificates under the Renewable Energy Target (RET).
Companies must apply for exemption certificates in the Client Portal on an annual basis.
Companies issued an exemption certificate:
Liable entities use exemption certificates to:
Exemption certificates and certifiable amounts can be amended by the applicant and CER once they have been issued. This can affect liable entity reporting in the current and prior years.
The table below provides deadlines that apply to companies who conduct an EITE activity or activities at a site.
Applications open on 1 August and close on 30 March annually.
Applicants apply using the ‘Apply for an exemption certificate’ form in the Client Portal. See
Applying for an exemption certificate for eligibility information, guidance and Client Portal user tips.
After exemption certificates are issued, applicants need to enter monthly data for the certifiable amount. Once your data has been entered for the certifiable amount period you must submit it.
You can submit monthly data at any time but ideally by mid-January to ensure that your liable entity can use the exemption certificate in their annual reporting.
Enter and submit your data using the ‘Exemption determination tool’ form in the Client Portal. See
Submitting monthly data in your exemption determination tool for your certifiable amount for more information, guidance and Client Portal user tips.
Applicants can apply to change one or more liable entities for their exemption certificate/s once their exemption certificate/s have been issued. Applications to change a liable entity close on 31 December for the application year.
Apply using the ‘Apply to amend your exemption certificate’ form in the Client Portal. See
Apply to amend your exemption certificate for eligibility information, supporting documents for the application and Client Portal user tips.
Applicants can apply once their exemption certificate has been issued. You can amend your exemption certificate at any time in the future, but you are encouraged to apply within 5 years of the exemption certificate issuance date to align with your liable entity’s amendment obligations. This includes amending your notice of certifiable amount.
Applicants who apply for or amend an exemption certificate, including the certifiable amount, may require assistance with the Client Portal — specifically contact details and user roles. Alternatively, there may be an issue with the Client Portal preventing you from to lodging an application.
In these situations, contact us directly and use the ‘Notify the regulator’ form in the Client Portal.
The ‘Notify the regulator’ form does not stipulate what documents you need to supply with your application. However, you are encouraged to provide supporting evidence like screen shots of the issues you are facing. The more information you provide the quicker the request can be assessed.
CER can initiate an amendment if inaccuracies are identified after your exemption certificate has been issued, by 31 December of the application year.
Clean Energy Regulator initiated amendments for more information.
Companies seeking to apply for an exemption certificate must adhere to legislation and meet our
compliance and enforcement priority expectations annually.
We publish 3 sets of data related to exemption certificates. All data is subject to revisions and legislative deadlines. Find all EITE
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