Consultation Hub

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Open Consultations

  • 2020 National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Scheme Amendments

    We are proposing updates to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Regulations 2008 (NGER Regulations) and National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Measurement) Determination 2008 (the Measurement Determination). The proposed amendments: Update emission factors based on... More

    Closes 10 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

    Closes 12 June 2020

  • Payment Times Reporting: Rules

    The small business 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 plans to introduce a new Payment Times... More

    Closes 12 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

    Closes 21 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

    Closes 22 June 2020

Closed Consultations

  • Independent review of the Energy Security Board

    The COAG Energy Council has engaged an independent consultant to review the effectiveness and performance of the Energy Security Board (ESB). COAG Energy Council established the ESB following the Finkel Review. Terms of reference Independent review of the Energy Security Board - Terms... More

    Closed 13 May 2020

  • Electrical Energy Meters – Alternating Current: Comment on OIML R 46

    The National Measurement Institute (NMI) has been working with the International Organisation of Legal Metrology (OIML) to revise the international standard for Electrical Energy Meters – Alternating Current. The OIML R 46 standard is the international Recommendation for the requirements and... More

    Closed 31 March 2020

  • Automotive franchising draft regulations 2020

    In early 2019, the department ran a consultation examining the relationship between new car dealers and manufacturers who are subject to the Franchising Code of Conduct, a mandatory code of conduct under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The process led to the refinement of the policy... More

    Closed 13 March 2020

  • Payment Times Reporting Bill: Exposure Draft

    The small business 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 introducing a new Payment Times Reporting... More

    Closed 10 March 2020

  • Multidimensional Measuring Instruments: Comment on OIML R 129

    The National Measurement Institute (NMI) has been working with the International Organisation of Legal Metrology (OIML) to review the international standard for Multidimensional Measuring Instruments. The OIML R 129 standard is the international Recommendation for the requirements and testing... More

    Closed 10 March 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 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 www.business.gov.au/BFF.

We Asked

Building on previous engagement, the COAG Energy Council Working Group released nine thematic issues papers on 1 July 2019. The issues papers sought feedback on the potential role of policies and actions in realising hydrogen opportunities, with questions presented in each issue paper.

You Said

We received 77 submissions (23 of which were confidential) from government, business, academia, non-government organisations and individuals.

Read the submissions.
 

We Did

We analysed the submissions and engaged with experts from industry, academia and community groups to help analyse the feedback. This enabled us to develop Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy.

Read the strategy.

We Asked

The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology released a discussion paper on 5 April 2019. This paper sought to encourage conversations on how we should design, develop, deploy and operate AI in Australia. In particular, we sought feedback on the draft AI ethics principles presented in the discussion paper.

You Said

We received more than 130 submissions from government, business, academia, non-government organisations and individuals.

Submissions generally supported a principles based framework to guide the design, development, deployment and operation of AI in Australia. However, feedback suggests the draft principles need to be clarified to better explain:

  • how they can be applied in practice by organisations, and
  • how they interact with each other

Read a summary of consultation feedback.

We Did

We analysed the submissions and engaged with AI experts from business, academia and community groups to help analyse the feedback. This enabled us to develop the revised set of AI ethics principles.

Read the finalised AI ethics principles.

Developing a set of AI ethics principles is just the first step in the development of the AI Ethics Framework. The next step will focus on developing guidance to help organisations to apply the principles in their work.