Consultation hub

Our department is committed to engaging with you and gaining your insights. This hub is a place for you to find and participate in consultations that interest you.

See open or recent consultations below. Or search our consultation database.

Open Consultations

  • 2021 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release: nominated areas for comment

    The annual Offshore Petroleum Exploration 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 Australia’s natural... More

    Closes 8 March 2021

  • Future Australian Space Medicine and Life Sciences Capability

    Due to strong interest from stakeholders, the Australian Space Agency is opening consultations to run again until 21 March 2021. You are welcome to submit new or additional responses, even if you’ve already submitted input during the previous consultation period (which ran from 8... More

    Closes 21 March 2021

  • Gas Fired Recovery Plan

    Due to strong interest from stakeholders, the department is extending consultations to run until 31 March 2021. You are welcome to submit new or additional responses, even if you’ve already submitted input during the previous consultation period (which ran from 1 December to 26 February... More

    Closes 31 March 2021

  • Future Fuels Strategy: Discussion Paper

    New vehicle technologies and fuels will drive the future of road transport in Australia. Increased availability of battery electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, biofuels and associated recharging and refueling infrastructure will: give consumers more choice ... More

    Closes 2 April 2021

  • Second review of the Premises Standards 2010: consultation paper

    We’re in the second phase of our review of the Disability (Access to Premises – Building) Standards 2010. The purpose of the Premises Standards is to make sure: people living with disability and their family members, carers and friends have equal access to public buildings ... More

    Closes 16 April 2021

Closed Consultations

  • Offshore oil and gas decommissioning: enhanced framework

    Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry has reliably supported Australia’s energy security and economic activity through over 50 years of safe and responsible development of our energy resources. As Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry matures, there will be an increase in... More

    Closed 22 January 2021

  • Vehicle tank level gauging – standards and test procedures

    The National Measurement Institute (NMI) is seeking submissions from stakeholders on a proposal to update Australia’s pattern approval and verification test procedures to align with the current international standard for the level gauging of vehicle tanks in use for trade published by the... More

    Closed 24 December 2020

  • Register for user testing

    You are invited to register your interest, to participate in user research testing for DISER websites such as . Testing with real users is important because it helps inform design improvements. This user research opportunity is intended for people who are NOT... More

    Closed 13 December 2020

  • Supply Chain Resilience Initiative

    On 1 October 2020 the Australian Government announced a new $107.2 million Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) to help position Australia to better respond to future crises such as COVID-19. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic government and industry have worked together to rapidly... More

    Closed 11 December 2020

  • Franchising Code of Conduct: exposure draft

    The Australian Government is introducing changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct in response to the Fairness in Franchising report. These will implement the Government’s Response to the report. The report identified weaknesses in parts of the franchising sector, which impacted small... More

    Closed 4 December 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 Government recognises the problem of long and late payment times for Australian’s small businesses. To address the issue, the Government announced in November 2018 that it would implement a Payment Times Reporting Scheme.  From 1 January 2021, large businesses and certain government agencies with a total annual income of $100 million will need to publicly report on their payment terms and practices for small business suppliers, increasing transparency and incentivising better payment performance.

The Scheme design and legislation has been consulted on widely. Since early 2019, consultation on the design and development of the Scheme has been held with over 400 large businesses, small businesses, industry groups and government agencies.  Consultations included four discussion papers, multiple workshops, a survey of small business stakeholders, targeted meetings and an Exposure of the legislation and subordinate legislation.

You said

We received 81 submissions in total of which 53 were published based on consent from businesses, industry organisations and individuals.

Read the public submissions.

We did

The Payment Times Reporting Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 14 October 2020 and comes into effect on 1 January 2021. 

The legislation reflects stakeholder interests and minimises the reporting burden for large businesses while maximising transparency on their small business payment terms and practices. 

We asked

The Australian Government released the Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper for consultation. The Roadmap is an enduring strategy to accelerate the development and commercialisation of new and emerging low emissions technologies. An important element of the framework in the Roadmap are annual Low Emissions Technology Statements. These articulate Government’s investment priorities.

We asked about Australia’s big technology challenges and opportunities, and technologies we could prioritise for investment.

You said

We received roughly 500 written submissions from industry, researchers and the community in response to the Roadmap discussion paper. Around 150 people attended targeted workshops. More than 400 people attended a webinar hosted by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO.

We did

This feedback informed the Technology Investment Roadmap’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement. The Statement was also guided by a high level Ministerial Reference Panel, chaired by Dr Finkel, and comprising leaders from business, investment and the research community.

Read the First Low Emissions Technology Statement.

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