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Aliases
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY, THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER
Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
THE DEPARTMENT OF CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY, THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER

Lead Body
Yes
Employment Arrangements
Enabling legislation

Annual report prepared under section 46 of the PGPA Act.
Additional annual report requirement
No

Section 35 of the PGPA Act applies
Yes
Section 35(3) of the PGPA Act applies
Yes

Outcome #1: Provide international and national leadership and coordination to: support the transition of Australia's economy to net-zero emissions by 2050; transition energy to net zero while maintaining security, reliability and affordability; support actions to promote adaptation and strengthen resilience of Australia's economy, society and environment; and re-establish Australia as a global leader in responding to climate change.
# Program Body Contribution
1.1 Reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

This program aims to shape the global response to climate change and achieve Australia's greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The department will measure and report on its progress towards the following intended results of the activity

1.1 Reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
1.2 Renewable Energy Technology Development Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
1.2 Renewable energy technology development Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Developing clean energy technology This program aims to support technological innovation in clean and renewable energy to reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions

1.3 Supporting reliable, secure and affordable energy Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
1.3 Supporting reliable, secure and affordable energy Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

This program aims to lead energy market reform to support investment and market outcomes in the long-term interests of consumers, increase national energy efficiency, and support the security of domestic and international supply chains

# Program Body Contribution
1.1 Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission contributes to affordable, reliable, secure and competitive operations of energy markets by monitoring electricity, gas and fuel prices though public reporting, and its authorisation process, which allowed energy companies to cooperate during the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain reliable supply. The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) contributes to the department's Outcome 1 by enforcing laws that promote competition and protect consumers, as well as taking other regulatory and related actions including monitoring and market analysis, determining the terms of access to infrastructure services, and discharging regulatory responsibilities governing energy markets and networks. The AER also enables consumers to make informed choices about their energy supplier, including through setting the Default Market Offer and the Energy Made Easy price comparator website. The AER works collaboratively with the department on the development, implementation and monitoring of energy market policy - including by supporting and facilitating the work of Energy Ministers in developing electricity, gas and retail rules which the AER is responsible for enforcing.

1.2 Australian Energy Regulator Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission contributes to affordable, reliable, secure and competitive operations of energy markets by monitoring electricity, gas and fuel prices though public reporting, and its authorisation process, which allowed energy companies to cooperate during the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain reliable supply. The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) contributes to the department's Outcome 1 by enforcing laws that promote competition and protect consumers, as well as taking other regulatory and related actions including monitoring and market analysis, determining the terms of access to infrastructure services, and discharging regulatory responsibilities governing energy markets and networks. The AER also enables consumers to make informed choices about their energy supplier, including through setting the Default Market Offer and the Energy Made Easy price comparator website. The AER works collaboratively with the department on the development, implementation and monitoring of energy market policy - including by supporting and facilitating the work of Energy Ministers in developing electricity, gas and retail rules which the AER is responsible for enforcing.

1.1 Australian Renewable Energy Agency Australian Renewable Energy Agency

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) contributes to Outcome 1 by providing financial assistance and sharing knowledge to: support improvements in the competitiveness of renewable energy and enabling technologies; increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia; and facilitate the achievement of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions targets. Continued on following page Linked programs

1.1 Australian Taxation Office Australian Taxation Office

The Australian Taxation Office administers the Carbon Sink Forest Tax measure, which makes a tax deduction available to carbon sequestration tree-planting projects. This contributes to reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.

1.1 Bureau of Meteorology Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) works collaboratively with the department to provide weather, climate and water modelling and information, including to support priority investment areas and research needs for nationally significant infrastructure. BOM is a partner in the Climate Systems Hub in the National Environmental Science Program.

1.1 Clean Energy Finance Corporation Clean Energy Finance Corporation

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation contributes to Outcome 1 by facilitating increased flows of finance into the clean energy sector. Continued on following page Linked programs

1.1 Clean Energy Regulator Clean Energy Regulator

The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) is the delivery agency and regulator for the Emissions Reduction Fund, the Renewable Energy Target, the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme and the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units. CER works collaboratively with the department to understand the impacts of regulatory activity on the market.

1.1 Reviewing Climate Change Policies Climate Change Authority

The Climate Change Authority supports the department in the transition of Australia's economy to net-zero emissions by 2050 by providing independent, evidence-based climate change policy advice.

1 Scientific and Industrial Research and Infrastructure Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation contributes to the department's Outcome 1 by undertaking science and research in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions and effective global action on climate change, and supporting technological innovation in clean and renewable energy.

1.1 Foreign Affairs and Trade Operations Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The department leads international climate change negotiations for the Government under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) leads on Australia's climate diplomacy, and our $2 billion (2020-25) climate finance commitment including by integrating climate considerations throughout Australia's development program. DFAT also delivers a number of Australian Government funded climate investments that support developing countries to build resilience and take action on climate change. Program examples include: Climate Resilient by Nature, the Australian Climate Finance Partnership, and the Pacific Blue Carbon Program. DFAT leads on Australia's engagement with the Global Environment Facility and supports the department on international environmental matters including biodiversity, world heritage, coral reefs, oceans and plastic pollution. DFAT provides diplomatic support to the department on matters relating to compliance with the International Energy Agency treaty. DFAT and the department also collaborate on promotion of Australian expertise in energy market regulation and operation. Continued on following page Linked programs

1.2 National Security and Resilience Department of Home Affairs

The Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) and the department work collaboratively on the operation of energy markets through the implementation and enforcement of the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism. Home Affairs helps manage risks to Australia's critical energy infrastructure by administering critical infrastructure security legislation, and by engaging with critical infrastructure owners and operators on security issues.

1.2 Border Management Department of Home Affairs

The Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) and the department work collaboratively on the operation of energy markets through the implementation and enforcement of the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism. Home Affairs helps manage risks to Australia's critical energy infrastructure by administering critical infrastructure security legislation, and by engaging with critical infrastructure owners and operators on security issues.

1.1 Department of the Treasury Department of the Treasury

In response to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Data Availability and Use, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) supports the operations of energy markets through the development and implementation of a consumer data right, creating legal and governance frameworks to support consumer access to energy data, which will promote new energy services, competition and innovation. The Treasury also supports the ongoing implementation of Commonwealth energy market policies, including the Default Market Offer and Big Stick Legislation.

Outcome #2: Conserve, protect and sustainably manage Australia's biodiversity, ecosystems, environment and heritage through research, information management, supporting natural resource management, establishing and managing Commonwealth protected areas, and reducing and regulating the use of pollutants and hazardous substances.
# Program Body Contribution
1.1 Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and the Environment Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Tracking change in the condition, connectivity and extent of habitats is important to determine the effectiveness of policy, regulatory and program interventions to improve native ecosystems, and the species they support.

1.2 Environmental Information and Research Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Environmental economic accounting helps people understand the condition of their environment and its relationship to the economy. Australia's environment contributes to the economy through the provision of clean water and air, fresh food, fibre, mineral resources, timber and a place for recreation.

1.3 Commonwealth Environmental Water Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

We work through the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office to deliver water for the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin. The delivery of environmental water is used to help keep rivers healthy so they can continue to sustain healthy communities.

1.4 Conservation of Australia's Heritage and Environment Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

The oceans leadership package is representative of how the department manages significant environmental areas.

1.5 Environmental Regulation Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government's central piece of environmental legislation. It provides a legal framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places defined in the Act as matters of national environmental significance.

1.6 Management of Hazardous Wastes, Substances and Pollutants Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Waste volume is an indicator of environmental pressures and waste reduction is one of the key outcomes of the National Waste Policy Action Plan.

2.1 Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and the Environment Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
2.2 Environmental Information and Research Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
2.3 Commonwealth Environmental Water Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
2.4 Conservation of Australia's Heritage and Environment Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
2.5 Environmental Regulation Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
2.6 Management of Hazardous Wastes, Substances and Pollutants Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
# Program Body Contribution
1.1 Australian Fisheries Management Authority Australian Fisheries Management Authority

The department and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority sustainably manage Commonwealth fisheries.

1.1 Seafarer and ship safety, maritime environment protection, and search and rescue Australian Maritime Safety Authority

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority minimises the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters and contributes to the sustainable management of natural resources, including the Great Barrier Reef.

1.9 Product Stewardship for Oil Australian Taxation Office

The Australian Taxation Office administers the Product Stewardship for Oil program on behalf of the department by providing incentives to increase used oil recycling and encourage environmentally sustainable management and re-refining of used oil and its re-use. Continued on following page Linked programs

1.1 AUSTRAC Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC)

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre and the department identify and disrupt illegal wildlife trade.

1.1 Bureau of Meteorology Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is a partner in the Climate System Hub in the National Environmental Science Program. BOM also provides weather, climate and water modelling and information to the department.

1.1 Clean Energy Finance Corporation Clean Energy Finance Corporation

The department has responsibility for policies that reduce waste and increase domestic recycling capacity. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) contributes to these polices by making available funding to the Clean Energy Innovation Fund and Reef Funding Program. Through the Australian Recycling Investment Fund, CEFC provides flows of finance into clean energy technologies that support the recycling of waste, in particular wastes that are - or by 1 July 2024 will be - banned for export. Continued on following page Linked programs

1 Scientific and Industrial Research and Infrastructure Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) contributes to Outcome 2 through the delivery of research to support the implementation of the Reef 2050 Plan to protect, restore and manage the Great Barrier Reef. CSIRO leads the Climate Systems Hub and is a partner in other hubs in the National Environmental Science Program. CSIRO collaborates in the delivery of the Geological and Bioregional Assessments program, contributing expertise in ecology, ecotoxicology, hydrology, hydrogeology, informatics and risk analysis.

2.5 Program 2.5 Navy Capabilities Department of Defence

The Department of Defence actively participates in forums and initiatives led by the department to ensure alignment with national approaches for the effective and efficient management of environmental factors. Continued on following page Linked programs

2.7 Program 2.7 Air Force Capabilities Department of Defence

The Department of Defence actively participates in forums and initiatives led by the department to ensure alignment with national approaches for the effective and efficient management of environmental factors. Continued on following page Linked programs

2.10 Program 2.10 Security and Estate Department of Defence

The Department of Defence actively participates in forums and initiatives led by the department to ensure alignment with national approaches for the effective and efficient management of environmental factors. Continued on following page Linked programs

1.1 Foreign Affairs and Trade Operations Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) supports the department on matters relating to the protection and conservation of coral reefs globally. This draws on Australian expertise in coral reef science and management, particularly from the Great Barrier Reef. The department receives funding from DFAT for several international engagement activities. The department, with engagement from DFAT, is the lead agency for Australia's engagement in the High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. The department works with Australia's Ambassador to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and Australia's Ambassador for the Environment in support of Australia's membership of the World Heritage Committee. DFAT supports promotion internationally of Australia's work on nature-based solutions, including through Indigenous fire/land management knowledge sharing.

1.2 Official Development Assistance Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) supports the department on matters relating to the protection and conservation of coral reefs globally. This draws on Australian expertise in coral reef science and management, particularly from the Great Barrier Reef. The department receives funding from DFAT for several international engagement activities. The department, with engagement from DFAT, is the lead agency for Australia's engagement in the High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. The department works with Australia's Ambassador to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and Australia's Ambassador for the Environment in support of Australia's membership of the World Heritage Committee. DFAT supports promotion internationally of Australia's work on nature-based solutions, including through Indigenous fire/land management knowledge sharing.

1.8 Health Protection, Emergency Response and Regulation Department of Health and Aged Care

The department and the Department of Health work together to manage policy and regulatory issues that have combined human and environmental health implications.

1.1 Border Enforcement Department of Home Affairs

The department and the Department of Home Affairs work together to prevent the illegal wildlife trade, control transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal and share information on imports of products subject to air quality standards. Continued on following page Linked programs

1.2 Border Management Department of Home Affairs

The department and the Department of Home Affairs work together to prevent the illegal wildlife trade, control transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal and share information on imports of products subject to air quality standards. Continued on following page Linked programs

1.1 Investing in science, technology and commercialisation Department of Industry, Science and Resources

The department works collaboratively with the Department of Industry, Science and Resources (DISR) on science and research priorities for a resilient Great Barrier Reef. The department provides advice to DISR to ensure the ongoing protection of the Alligator Rivers Region from impacts of mining uranium at Ranger mine. DISR also works collaboratively with the department to support manufacturers in renewables and low-emissions technologies, and with critical supply chain disruptions in the water and energy sectors. Through the National Measurement Institute, the department accesses analytical laboratory solutions and expertise to support environmental services.

1.3 Supporting a strong resources sector Department of Industry, Science and Resources

The department works collaboratively with the Department of Industry, Science and Resources (DISR) on science and research priorities for a resilient Great Barrier Reef. The department provides advice to DISR to ensure the ongoing protection of the Alligator Rivers Region from impacts of mining uranium at Ranger mine. DISR also works collaboratively with the department to support manufacturers in renewables and low-emissions technologies, and with critical supply chain disruptions in the water and energy sectors. Through the National Measurement Institute, the department accesses analytical laboratory solutions and expertise to support environmental services.

3.3 Cities Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

The department supports the Government's cities agenda led by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (Infrastructure), including through the delivery of commitments under the Launceston, Western Sydney, Perth, Hobart and South East Queensland City Deals; strategic assessments under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act); streamlining of environmental approvals processes to reduce assessment timeframes; establishment of recycling infrastructure to support the development of a recyclables market; and national approaches to managing waste and hazardous substances and air quality in cities. Continued on following page Linked programs

1.9 National Partnership Payments to the States Department of the Treasury

The Department of the Treasury contributes to Outcome 2 by making payments through the Federation Funding Agreements framework on behalf of the department.

1.1 Parks and Reserves Director of National Parks

The department and the Director of National Parks (DNP) work together to set policy directions for science, heritage and species management in Commonwealth managed marine and terrestrial reserves. The department works with DNP to transition Jabiru township from a mining to tourism-based economy.

1.1 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

The department and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority work together on heritage management, environment health, species conservation and fisheries management as well as joint implementation of the Reef 2050 Plan to protect, restore and manage the Great Barrier Reef. Continued on following page Linked programs

1.1 Murray-Darling Basin Authority Murray-Darling Basin Authority

The department and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority work together on implementation of the Basin Plan, operation of the River Murray System, shared natural resource management programs, research, information, advice and Basin Plan reporting obligations, all of which contribute to the management of Commonwealth environmental water.

1.1 Jobs, Land and the Economy National Indigenous Australians Agency

The department and the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) work together to provide opportunities for First Nations communities and land managers to engage with the National Landcare Program. The department and the NIAA work cooperatively on the Indigenous Protected Areas Program, the Murray-Darling Basin Indigenous River Rangers Program and on First Nations-led measures to deliver Reef Plan 2050 outcomes.

1.1 Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

The department and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (SHFT) collaborate through engagement on policy direction and site management to protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of SHFT land and maximise public access and enjoyment of its sites.

Outcome #3: Advance Australia's strategic, scientific, environmental and economic interests in the Antarctic region by protecting, administering and researching the region.
# Program Body Contribution
3.1 Science, Policy and Presence Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Our Australian Antarctic Division delivers Australia's commitment to conserving the Antarctic environment. We also deliver Australia's scientific research and operations in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

# Program Body Contribution
1.2 Linkage - Cross Sector Research Partnerships Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is responsible for the management of the Special Research Initiative in Excellence in Antarctic Science. The department is responsible for the Australian Antarctic program. As these two programs support the Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan 2011-12 to 2020-21, ARC and the department work together to ensure effective delivery of these initiatives.

1.1 Bureau of Meteorology Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) provides meteorological and related services in support of the Australian Antarctic program under a memorandum of understanding. There are also joint science projects underway between the BOM and the Australian Antarctic Division.

1 Scientific and Industrial Research and Infrastructure Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation undertakes scientific research and monitoring in the Southern Ocean and at Australia's Antarctic stations, as part of the Australian Antarctic program. Continued on following page Linked programs

2.5 Program 2.5 Navy Capabilities Department of Defence

The Department of Defence provides a range of logistics support services and advice to the Australian Antarctic program, including air and sealift capability to supplement existing arrangements in the delivery of cargo and contributing to aeromedical emergency responses in the region.

2.7 Program 2.7 Air Force Capabilities Department of Defence

The Department of Defence provides a range of logistics support services and advice to the Australian Antarctic program, including air and sealift capability to supplement existing arrangements in the delivery of cargo and contributing to aeromedical emergency responses in the region.

1.1 Foreign Affairs and Trade Operations Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade leads, in cooperation with the department, a whole-of-government approach to Antarctic policy development and international relations, including through the Antarctic Treaty System.

1.1 Investing in science, technology and commercialisation Department of Industry, Science and Resources

As part of the Australian Antarctic Program, the department works collaboratively with the department of Industry, Science and Resources on the Australian Antarctic Science Council.

Outcome #3: Improve the health of rivers and freshwater ecosystems and water use efficiency through implementing water reforms, and ensuring enhanced sustainability, efficiency and productivity in the management and use of water resources.
# Program Body Contribution
3.1 Water Reform Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Much of our work under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan relates to supporting the recovery of water. This maintains river health and associated impacts such as biodiversity and water quality.

4.1 Water Reform Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
# Program Body Contribution
1.1 Bureau of Meteorology Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meteorology's water information services inform Commonwealth water planning and decision making in relation to water resource availability.

1.9 National Partnership Payments to the States Department of the Treasury

The Department of the Treasury contributes to Outcome 4 by making payments through the Federation Funding Agreements framework on behalf of the department.

1.1 Murray-Darling Basin Authority Murray-Darling Basin Authority

The department and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority work collaboratively to implement the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and the Intergovernmental Agreement on Murray-Darling Basin Reform.