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Investing in reliable affordable energy and reducing emissions to secure Australia's recovery

11 May 2021

The Morrison Government is securing Australia’s recovery with investment of more than $1.8 billion in the 2021-22 Budget to boost jobs, reduce emissions, and support affordable and reliable energy.

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said the Budget is supporting the Government’s responsible and pragmatic approach to energy policy and emissions reduction, setting Australia up for a prosperous future as our economy continues rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our 2021-22 Budget measures will provide reliable, secure and affordable energy to all Australians, and increase investment in technology solutions to reduce emissions in a way that supports jobs and economic growth,” said Minister Taylor.

“These initiatives will secure Australia’s recovery while also bolstering our position as a leader in the development of low emissions technologies, which are vital to achieving net zero emissions globally.

“Australia is focused on investing in commercialising technologies, not harmful taxes, in the global effort to reduce emissions. Our 2021-22 Budget measures continue this approach, while strengthening our energy security and supporting the growth of new industries and jobs into the future.”

ELECTRICITY

The Government is continuing to act on its commitment to maintain affordability, reliability and security in the electricity system. Our 2021-22 initiatives include:

  • A $24.9 million package to assist new gas generators become hydrogen-ready.
  • Up to $30 million for early works on Australian Industrial Power’s (AIP) Port Kembla gas generator project.
  • $30.0 million to support a big battery and the roll-out of microgrids in remote Indigenous communities, as part of a future Northern Territory Commonwealth bilateral agreement on energy and emissions reduction.
  • Up to $76.9 million to secure the Portland aluminium smelter’s participation in the Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader scheme, and help Victoria keep the lights on at times of peak demand.
  • Up to $19.3 million to support the deployment of a renewable energy microgrid incorporating hydrogen in the Daintree in Northern Queensland. The project will improve the affordability, reliability and security of energy supply in the region and reduce emissions.
  • $34.3 million to implement the Government’s consumer-focused reform agenda including post-2025 electricity market reforms and expand the role of the Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner (formerly the National Wind Farm Commissioner) to also resolve transmission line concerns in communities.

GAS

Building on our support announced in last year’s Budget, the Government’s latest initiatives to drive Australia’s gas-fired recovery include:

  • Up to $38.7 million to support critical gas infrastructure projects to alleviate the forecast gas supply shortfalls.
  • $5.6 million to further strengthen the Government’s gas system planning framework through delivery of the National Gas Infrastructure Plan.
  • $6.2 million to design, consult and implement reforms to accelerate the development of the Wallumbilla Gas Supply Hub.
  • $4.6 million to develop initiatives that empower gas reliant businesses to negotiate competitive outcomes in their gas supply agreements.
  • $3.5 million to design and implement a framework to facilitate Commonwealth support for medium to long-term gas infrastructure to secure Australia’s future gas supply.

FUEL SECURITY

The Budget also sets out measures to further strengthen Australia’s long-term fuel security, building on the Government’s comprehensive investment in the 2020-21 Budget, including:

  • A refinery production payment to help maintain Australia’s refining capability.
  • Support to assist the refiners to conduct infrastructure upgrades, subject to consultation with industry.
  • $50.7 million to establish a new fuel security framework, including for the implementation and monitoring of the minimum stockholding obligation and the production payment, ensuring industry complies.

EMISSIONS REDUCTION

The Budget demonstrates the Government’s unwavering commitment to reducing emissions through technology, not taxes. New initiatives in the Budget will support investment in new and emerging low-emissions technologies prioritised under the Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap, collaborate internationally on achieving technology breakthroughs, lower energy costs and create more than 6,000 jobs.

  • $1.2 billion to establish Australia at the forefront of low emissions technology innovation and commercialisation, including:
    • $639.0 million to back low emissions international technology partnerships and initiatives by co-funding research and demonstration projects and developing a high-integrity carbon offset scheme in our Indo-Pacific region,
    • $275.5 million to accelerate the development of four additional clean hydrogen export hubs (for a total of five), increasing the Government’s commitment to building an Australian hydrogen industry to more than $850 million,
    • $263.7 million to support the development of carbon capture technologies and hubs, building on the $50.0 million provided in the 2020-21 Budget,
    • $59.6 million to support a National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge and trial new agricultural feed technologies that reduce emissions from livestock.
  • $279.9 million to establish the below baseline crediting mechanism recommended by the King Review, which will support large industrial facilities to reduce energy consumption and emissions while improving productivity and international competitiveness.
  • $26.4 million to help Australian businesses and supply chains to reduce energy costs through more energy efficient industrial equipment and business practices.
  • Establishing a $50 million venture capital financing function within the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to support Australian clean tech innovation.
  • $10.4 million to expand the range of certifications offered by the Government’s Climate Active program and ensure it remains a best practice standard and certification scheme for business looking to voluntarily reduce emissions.
  • $14.3 million to reduce costs and streamline the reporting requirements for businesses covered by the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme.

“This Budget builds on the Government’s existing initiatives to guarantee reliable and affordable energy, stimulate jobs and reduce emissions without imposing new costs on households, businesses or the economy,” Minister Taylor said.

“Our investments in emissions reduction, energy, gas and fuel security will create more than 9,000 jobs across the country, grow our economy and ensure Australia continues to meet and beat our emissions reduction targets.”

The Morrison Government’s 2021-22 Budget is securing Australia’s recovery, investing in affordable and reliable energy for all Australians while driving jobs growth and innovation.

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Minister Taylor's office: 02 6277 7120