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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Open Consultations

  • Safeguard Mechanism: Additional Prescribed Production Variables

    The Safeguard Mechanism is part of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 . Together with the emissions reporting obligations under the Act, the Safeguard Mechanism provides a framework for Australia’s largest emitters to measure, report and manage their emissions. It places... More

    Closes 28 August 2020

  • Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020

    IP Australia is seeking your views on an exposure draft of a Designs Amendment Bill and Designs Amendment Regulations (‘draft legislation’). The draft legislation aims to deliver early benefits to designers ahead of further design initiatives currently in development. This includes a 12-month... More

    Closes 28 August 2020

  • Evaluation of Country of Origin Labelling for Food: discussion paper

    Reforms of Australia’s Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) regulations for food were passed in 2016 and came into full-effect in July 2018. The CoOL reforms were implemented in response to feedback from consumers that previous origin labelling claims on food were hard to find, confusing or did... More

    Closes 11 September 2020

  • Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Review: draft policy framework

    We are reviewing the regulatory regime for the safety of workers in the offshore oil and gas sector as part of our commitment to continuous regulatory improvement. Our Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Review aims to ensure the regime is fit-for-purpose, up-to-date and reflects leading... More

    Closes 29 October 2020

Closed Consultations

  • Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive: Annual impact assessment for the 2017-18 financial year

    We’re reviewing the impact of the Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive (JMEI), in line with legislative requirements. The Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive scheme began in March 2018. The scheme aims to increase the amount of investment in small minerals exploration companies to... More

    Closed 3 August 2020

  • Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive: Review survey

    We’re reviewing the effectiveness of the Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive (JMEI), in line with our department’s evaluation process. The Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive scheme began in March 2018. The scheme aims to increase the amount of investment in small minerals... More

    Closed 3 August 2020

  • FullCAM update: draft guidelines for comments

    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 participants use... More

    Closed 31 July 2020

  • National Blockchain Roadmap Working Groups: Expression of Interest

    The National Blockchain Roadmap Steering Committee is seeking expressions of interest from the Australian blockchain community to join two collaborative working groups on supply chains and credentialing. The Steering Committee was established in February 2020 to oversee the implementation of... More

    Closed 22 July 2020

  • Increasing Australia’s domestic liquid fuel storage

    The energy function transferred to our department from the Department of the Environment and Energy on 1 February 2020. The Australian Government is committed to delivering policy and regulatory frameworks that support secure, reliable and affordable supplies of energy for consumers.... More

    Closed 15 July 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