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Outcome and program structure

Outcomes are the intended results, impacts or consequences of Government actions, and programs are how agencies achieve these intended results.

Our outcome and our program structure is detailed in the Environment and Energy Portfolio Budget Statements 2018–19. Key information is summarised in Figure 5.

Figure 5: Summary of our outcome and program structure for 2018–19


Contribute to a reduction in Australia’s net greenhouse gas emissions, including through the administration of market based mechanisms that incentivise reduction in emissions and the promotion of additional renewable electricity generation.


Effective and efficient regulation of greenhouse and energy reporting and market based schemes that contribute to a reduction in Australia’s net greenhouse gas emissions and promote investment in renewable energy.


We deliver Program 1.1 by:

  • collecting, analysing, assessing and publishing emissions and energy data, to inform government policy and the Australian public, to meet international reporting obligations and to support Australia’s emissions and energy data needs
  • operating the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units and the Renewable Energy Certificate Registry for market participants
  • monitoring, facilitating and enforcing compliance by our participants for the schemes we administer
  • issuing Australian carbon credit units to organisations and individuals for approved projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • conducting auctions and managing contracts
  • accrediting greenhouse and energy auditors to undertake audit activities under our schemes
  • working with other Commonwealth, state and territory law enforcement and regulatory bodies, and
  • providing education and information to current and potential scheme participants on the schemes we administer and how they work.

Performance criteria


Proportion of contracted abatement delivered

≥ 80% of contracted abatement is delivered on time

Compliance levels by regulated and liable entities

≥ 95% of regulated entities are materially compliant with their statutory obligation

Corporate plan

Our Corporate Plan 2018–22 incorporates our Portfolio Budget Statement performance criteria into more detailed key performance indicators for our four agency objectives. It outlines our purpose, objectives, strategic priorities and performance measures. It discusses our operating environment and capabilities and details our regulatory posture, which embeds our risk appetite into our approach to compliance, education and enforcement.

Our plan includes a key performance indicator framework that provides the basis for measuring our agency’s performance against our objectives and purpose. The framework reflects our core functions as a regulator, and we use it to assess our effectiveness and the efficiency and quality of these functions.

Annual performance statement

The annual performance statement reports on our performance criteria and key performance indicators in our Portfolio Budget Statement 2018–19 and Corporate Plan 2018–22, as required under section 39 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

For results achieved against our purpose, objectives and key performance indicators, see Part 2 – Annual performance statement, with further details in Part 3 – Scheme performance .

For more about our planning and reporting, see Part 4 – Management and accountability.