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

  • Carbon capture and storage method: proposed new method under the Emissions Reduction Fund

    The Australian Government’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement – 2020 identified carbon capture and storage (CCS) as one of Australia’s priority low emissions technologies. In late 2020, the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction tasked the Clean Energy Regulator with... More

    Closes 27 July 2021

  • Hydrogen Guarantee of Origin scheme: discussion paper

    Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy sets a vision for a clean, innovative, safe and competitive hydrogen industry that benefits all Australians. It aims to position our industry as a major global player by 2030. An early priority action item in the strategy is to develop a... More

    Closes 30 July 2021

  • Coal mine waste gas method: 2021 variation

    The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee is seeking feedback on a proposed variation to the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative–Coal Mine Waste Gas) Methodology Determination 2015. The proposed variation will: implement the crediting period extension... More

    Closes 30 July 2021

  • Gas-Fired Recovery: Infrastructure and Investment

    The Australian Government’s Gas-Fired Recovery Plan is being delivered through actions that work to: unlock supply deliver an efficient pipeline and transportation market empower gas customers. As part of our ongoing engagement with stakeholders, we are undertaking... More

    Closes 2 August 2021

  • Dumping and Subsidy Manual Update 2021

    The Dumping and Subsidy Manual helps you make sense of the anti-dumping and countervailing system. It details how the system works and how the Anti-Dumping Commission conducts investigations. The manual sets out the legislative framework, principles and practices followed by the... More

    Closes 10 August 2021

Closed Consultations

  • R&D Tax Incentive software development activities: DRAFT Software Guide for consultation

    Our department supports Australian businesses to access the R&D Tax Incentive each year. It allows businesses to claim a tax offset for the research and development they undertake. We provide education and guidance to business to help them assess whether they are eligible for the program. ... More

    Closed 18 June 2021

  • Safeguard Mechanism: additional default values

    Submissions will be accepted until Sunday 13th June. You can also contact the Safeguard Team directly at . The Safeguard Mechanism is part of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 . Together with the Act, the... More

    Closed 13 June 2021

  • Landfill gas (generation) method: proposed new method

    The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee is seeking feedback on a proposed new methodology determination: Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Electricity Generation from Landfill Gas) Methodology Determination 2021 The proposed Landfill gas (generation)... More

    Closed 13 June 2021

  • 2021 National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Scheme Amendments

    We are proposing updates to the: National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Regulations 2008 (NGER Regulations) National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Measurement) Determination 2008 (the Measurement Determination) Consultation documents Draft... More

    Closed 21 May 2021

  • Measurement Law Review Consultation: Regulation Impact Statement

    The Australian Government is reviewing Australia's measurement laws. The Measurement Law Review aims to identify aspects of Australia's measurement framework that can be modernised, streamlined or simplified to better meet the needs of a modern economy. Watch a video from Australia’s... More

    Closed 14 May 2021

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 commissioned a review of the accessibility of the patent system for small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Independent expert Emeritus Professor Raoul Mortley AO led the review. He consulted SMEs and other stakeholders through targeted interviews in August and September 2020. We compiled the main findings from those interviews into a discussion paper.

We asked for your feedback on the questions raised in the discussion paper.

You said

We received a total of 22 submissions.

  • 10 from SMEs
  • 5 from peak bodies or attorney firms
  • 7 from university commercialisation offices

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.

We did

The submissions informed the Patents accessibility review report

Professor Mortley outlined 3 key findings and 16 recommendations.

The report was tabled in parliament on 27 May 2021. The Government is considering the findings and recommendations made by Professor Mortley.

We asked

We developed a draft policy framework setting out proposed revisions to the offshore oil and gas safety regime.

We asked for your views on the proposals in the draft policy framework.

To develop the draft policy framework, we considered:

  • feedback from members of the offshore workforce collected through an online survey
  • the recommendations of the Senate Inquiry into the work health and safety of workers in the offshore petroleum industry, held in 2018.

We also tested the offshore safety framework for alignment, where appropriate, with other work health and safety laws.

You said

We received 10 submissions on the draft policy framework. Three respondents provided confidential submissions and we published the remaining 7.

The submissions broadly supported the continuation of an objective-based offshore regulatory regime. Overall they supported the policy proposals in the draft framework.

Several submissions suggestions changes and additional policy measures. Some were also seeking clarification on the details of policy measures proposed.

We did

Responses from the public helped us revise and finalise the policy framework.

We published the final Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Review policy framework.

The public will be able to comment on draft legislative amendments in late 2021.

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.