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Consultation on amendments to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015

This consultation closed on 7 September 2018. Documents remain available for reference only.

The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Amendment Rule (No. 1) 2019 was registered and published on 6 March 2019.

The changes make the Safeguard Mechanism fairer and simpler and bring baselines up to date with current circumstances. The changes:

  • bring baselines up-to-date by transitioning all facilities to calculated baselines over 2018-19 and 2019-20
  • simplify calculated baseline applications by giving businesses the option to use Government-determined prescribed production variables and default emissions intensity values for calculating baselines
  • update baselines annually for actual production where facilities use eligible production variables, so they continue to reflect facility circumstances.

As an outcome of the 2017 review of climate change policies, the Government committed to consult with businesses on ways to bring Safeguard Mechanism baselines up-to-date with current circumstances and make it fairer and simpler. A consultation paper was released for public comment on 21 February 2018.

The Government released exposure draft amendments to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015, and an accompanying explanatory document to support understanding of the draft amendments.

Interested parties were invited to make written submissions. The submission period was open for six weeks, from 27 July to 7 September 2018.

Consultation documents

Draft amendments - National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 (PDF - 523.89 KB)
Draft amendments - National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 (DOCX - 182.25 KB)

Emissions Reduction Fund Safeguard Mechanism consultation outcomes paper (PDF - 97.8 KB)
Emissions Reduction Fund Safeguard Mechanism consultation outcomes paper (DOCX - 67.47 KB)

Explanatory document for draft amendments to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 (PDF - 365.01 KB)
Explanatory document for draft amendments to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 (DOCX - 114.51 KB)

Submissions to the exposure draft amendments to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015

Below is a list of non-confidential submissions received in response to the exposure draft in alphabetical order.

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Submissions disclaimer

The submissions published on this webpage are presented by the Department for the purpose of disseminating information to the public about the impact statement.

The views contained in published submissions are the responsibility of the authors and should not be taken to represent the views of the Australian Government. Publication does not in any way constitute endorsement of the views of the authors.

The Department does not verify the information contained in published submissions and makes no representation or warranty about the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material contained in submissions.

The Department disclaims liability, to the extent permitted by law, for any liability, loss, damage or cost arising from any information contained in published submissions.

While the Department values public consultation highly and seeks to be transparent, it is under no obligation to publish submissions it receives and reserves the right not to publish submissions on its website that raise legal or other concerns.

Submissions received

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