Our Role

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council (the Council) is a Ministerial forum for the Commonwealth, states and territories and New Zealand, to work together in the pursuit of national energy reforms.

The Council was established by COAG in December 2013 as part of a decision to streamline the COAG council system and refocus it on COAG’s priorities. Find out more about the council system on the COAG website.

The Council is guided by its Terms of Reference and its work covers the following broad themes:

  • Overarching responsibility and policy leadership for Australian gas and electricity markets
  • Promotion of energy efficiency and energy productivity in Australia.
  • Australian electricity, gas and petroleum product energy security.
  • Cooperation between Commonwealth, state and territory governments.
  • Facilitating the economic and competitive development of Australia’s mineral and energy resources.

The Council’s approach is based on these principles:

  • Promoting the interests of electricity and gas consumers by overseeing the development and maintenance of competitive electricity and gas markets and effective regulation of network monopoly infrastructure;
  • Greater productivity, energy efficiency and sustainability to be core goals;
  • Industry and other stakeholder participation in policy development and implementation;
  • Regulatory and governance reform to streamline processes and decision-making and deliver outcomes more efficiently and consistently.

Engaging with the Council

There are opportunities to engage with both the Council and its Senior Committee of Officials. Stakeholders, including industry and community representatives, are invited to Council meetings and their advice is sought throughout the development of responses to key issues through roundtables and submissions.

Normally Council agendas are not available publicly prior to a meeting. However, Council decisions are made public through meeting communiques, which record the outcomes of the meeting, and Council bulletins, both of which are available on the Council website.