Consultation Hub

Welcome to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources consultation hub. This site will help you find and participate in consultations that interest you.

Recently updated consultations are displayed below. Alternatively, search for consultations by keyword, postcode, interest etc.

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Closed Consultations

  • 2020 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release - nominated areas for comment

    The annual Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release (acreage release) is a key part of the Australian Government's strategy to encourage petroleum exploration in Australia’s offshore waters. We seek to balance environmental, social and economic considerations in the development of... More

    Closed 29 June 2020

  • Payment Times Reporting: Rules

    The small business function transferred to our department from the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business on 1 February 2020. The Australian Government plans to introduce a new Payment Times Reporting Scheme for large businesses and large government enterprises... More

    Closed 26 June 2020

  • Hydrogen Certification Survey

    A hydrogen certification scheme is a standardised process of tracing and certifying where and how hydrogen is made, and the associated environmental impacts (for example, greenhouse gas emissions). It provides consumers with transparency around the environmental impacts of the hydrogen they use.... More

    Closed 22 June 2020

  • Australia's Technology Investment Roadmap: discussion paper

    The climate change function transferred to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources as a result of the Administrative Arrangements Order made on 5 December 2019 with effect from 1 February 2020 . The Australian Government is developing a national... More

    Closed 21 June 2020

  • FullCAM update: 2020 pre-release

    We are preparing to release an update to the Full Carbon Accounting Model (FullCAM) for public use in September 2020. FullCAM is the model we use to construct Australia's national greenhouse gas emissions account for the land sector. Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) project... More

    Closed 12 June 2020

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

The Australian Space Agency (the Agency) released a paper to inform the consultation process and encourage targeted discussion on the $150 million Moon to Mars initiative. The process provided an opportunity for the Australian Space Agency to engage with industry and the public about developing Australia’s space industry. The consultation paper was accompanied by consultation sessions in every capital city, held in February and March 2020. The sessions sought feedback on the Moon to Mars initiative, including consideration of the objectives, program design and potential areas of investment that will grow Australia’s space industry and inspire the public. 

You Said

The consultations were considered an overwhelming success, with engagement from a range of stakeholders across the space, industry and research sectors. The Agency received over 70 written submissions from government, business, academia, non-government organisations and individuals. We heard directly from more than 550 participants in the consultation meetings held across the country.  Read the submissions.

We Did

We analysed the submissions and are engaging with experts from industry, academia and community groups to help analyse the feedback which will ultimately inform the program design. The first program expected to open under the Moon to Mars initiative is the Supply Chain program. Further details will be available on our website and through our newsletter.  Read the Moon to Mars Consultation Feedback Summary

This report provides a summary of the consultation outcomes, highlighting themes from participant responses and the Agency’s response to these themes in the context of the Moon to Mars initiative (the initiative).  


If you would like to discuss the consultation outcomes in more detail please contact the Australian Space Agency at 1800 087 367 or at


We Asked

The Australian Government is committed to delivering the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Napandee, in Kimba, South Australia. Public submissions were one measure of community sentiment taken into consideration in assessing whether there was broad community support for the facility at the nominated sites.

The submissions period was open for 499 days, from 1 August 2018 to 12 December 2019.

We also sought feedback through community ballots and business and neighbour surveys, between 3 October and 19 December 2019.

You Said

We received 3,692 submissions from 3,212 unique submitters including individuals, groups and families, businesses, non-business organisations, and officials.

As part of this process, individuals and organisations were given the opportunity to provide consent for their submissions to be made public.

Read the public submissions.

We Did

The submissions were analysed and considered as one of a number of indicators of community sentiment.  A range of other factors were also taken into account during the site identification process.

See the Minister’s media release and statement of reasons.

We Asked

The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology released a discussion paper seeking your input to the design the Boosting Female Founders Initiative, a 2018 Women’s Economic Security Package measure to supports diversity among startup founders by providing female founders with access to finance to grow their startups.
Consultations were undertaken between 26 August and 4 October 2019 to seek views from stakeholders from the startup and innovation ecosystem.

You Said

We undertook 20 face-to-face focus groups across Australia (14 regional, 6 metro) and a webinar with 386 participants. We received 323 submissions through the Consultation Hub and by email.

Read the Boosting Female Founders Initiative Consultation Outcomes Report.

We Did

The Boosting Female Founders Initiative was launched on 17 March 2020.

Details can be found at