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Budget 2018-19: pushing forward with the NEG

Minister for Energy and the Environment Josh Frydenberg said the government is committed to tackling the energy issue with a raft of measures which include:

  • the design and development of Australia’s first integrated climate and energy policy in the form of the National Energy Guarantee
  • the implementation of the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market (Finkel Review)
  • better forecasting and modelling to ensure the security and resilience of Australia’s energy infrastructure
  • the creation of a consumer access data platform which will empower consumers to get a better deal on their power bill by giving them more information about their energy usage
  • allowing the Commonwealth to continue leading the work of the COAG Energy Council in pursuing our ambitious energy agenda along with state and territory governments
  • improving the functioning of Australia’s gas market by following up the Prime Minister’s agreement with LNG exporters and continuing to address market transparency, liquidity and competition issues.

There will also be an investment of $12.8 million over six years from 2018-19 in revitalised energy security and resilience assessments as recommended by the Finkel Review, with an additional $4.9 million every three years from 2024-25.

The energy security and resilience assessments include an accelerated examination of Australia’s domestic liquid fuel security to be completed by the end of this year.

Australia’s liquid fuel supply increasingly depends on overseas sources and relies on market forces to maintain reliability and affordability.

The assessment will identify whether the government should take further steps to ensure Australia’s domestic fuel supply is reliable.

Industry response

The 2018-19 Federal Budget has highlighted the significant contribution Australia’s natural gas industry makes to our nation’s economic well-being and energy security, according to the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA).

“Australia’s resources sector is key to raising our national prosperity,”? said APPEA Chief Executive Dr Malcolm Roberts.

“The Budget has highlighted Australia’s success in becoming a global leader in the world gas market.

“As the Budget points out, Australia remains on track to become the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas over the next few years and with a large percentage of Australia’s LNG exports sold under long- term contracts which are linked to the price of oil, revenue from this key industry is set to rise. The recent increase in oil prices has coincided with a number of new projects coming online.

“Over time, the sector’s contribution to our economic performance can be expected to become even more important.

“Much of this success has been underpinned by policy settings that have responded to the drivers for growth in the industry.”?

The Commonwealth Government’s Office of the Chief Economist has recently identified more than $230 billion in potential new investment in Australia’s oil and gas industry over the next decade, covering more than 36 projects.

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