Safeguard Mechanism: additional default values

Closed 13 Jun 2021

Opened 6 May 2021

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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 Safeguard Mechanism provides a framework for Australia’s largest emitters to:

  • measure
  • report
  • manage their emissions

The Safeguard Mechanism places legislated emissions limits, known as baselines, on Australia's largest emitters. Baselines apply to facilities that emit more than 100,000 tonnes of Scope 1 (direct) carbon dioxide equivalent emissions each year. 

Why we are consulting

Default values set in the Safeguard Mechanism legislation are used by Safeguard-covered facilities to apply to the Clean Energy Regulator for facility-specific baselines. The government set the majority of default values in the Safeguard legislation in 2020.

The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Amendment (Prescribed Production Variables Update) Rule 2021, would set default values for the majority of the remaining Safeguard-covered sectors.

Exposure draft

We invite submissions on the Exposure Draft package, which includes 3 documents:

What happens next

The survey has now closed. Non-confidential submissions may be published on our department's website.


  • Climate Change


  • Climate Change
  • Safeguard Mechanism