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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Environment Australia Annual Report 2001-02

Environment Australia, 2002
ISSN 1441-9335

Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator

The Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER) is a separate statutory agency under the Environment and Heritage portfolio. The ORER's role is to administer the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000, the Renewable Energy (Electricity) (Charge) Act 2000 and the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001. Together, the legislation and Regulations support the Government's mandatory renewable energy target, designed to increase renewable energy generation by 9500 GWh by 2010.

The legislation administered by ORER imposes obligations on wholesale purchasers of electricity to meet individual targets each calendar year for purchasing renewable-based electricity. This is achieved by obtaining and surrendering renewable energy certificates to the ORER.

In 2001-02, the ORER continued to register participants, accredit power stations and assess claims for renewable energy certificates. Nearly one million valid renewable energy certificates were created in the period 1 April 2001 to 30 June 2002.

An annual report on the operations of the ORER in the 2001 calendar year is available from

Compliance with 2001 renewable energy certificate liabilities was required to be met by 14 February 2002. The ORER is responsible for monitoring compliance with individual liabilities and can impose financial penalties under the legislation if sufficient renewable energy certificates are not surrendered. Any penalty revenue received is paid into Consolidated Revenue.

Although a separate statutory agency, the ORER was not a prescribed agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 for the 2001-02 financial year. This means that for 2001-02 the ORER's financial statements, and other activities not included in the ORER annual report, are included in the Department of the Environment and Heritage annual report.

Staffing Overview

Staff Classification and Engagement Status as at 30 June 2002
Broadbanded Classification Part-time Full-time Male Female Ongoing Non-Ongoing
Principle Executive Officer   1 1     1
ORER Executive Level 2   1   1 1  
ORER Executive Level 1   3 2 1 3  
ORER Level 2 (APS 4-6)   4 1 3 4  
ORER Level 1 (APS 1-3)            
Total   9 4 5 8 1
Note: All staff are located in Canberra
Staff on Ministerial Appointment, Certified Agreement and on Australian Workplace Agreements as at 30 June 2002
Classification Ministerial Appointment Certified Agreements AWA
Principle Executive Officer 1    
Non-SES   6 2
Salary Ranges by Level Under the Remuneration Tribunal, Certified Agreement and Australian Workplace Agreements
Classification Ministerial Appointment Certified Agreements AWA
Principle Executive Officer $75,000 to $121,699    
Executive Level 2   $69,738 to $81,563 $70,784 to $91,375
Executive Level 1   $60,358 to $65,175 $61,263 to $78,332
ORER Level 2 (APS 4-6)   $39,083 to $54084  
ORER Level 1 (APS 1-3)   $27,204 to $37,847  

Non-salary Benefits

Principal Executive Officer

Non-Senior Executive Service under an Australian Workplace Agreement

Non-Senior Executive Service under the Certified Agreement

Performance Pay
Broadband Classification Number of APS employees Aggregated amount of performance pay Average bonus payment Range of bonus payments
ORER Executive Level 1* 1 $9123 $9123 $3750 - $5373
ORER Executive Level 2 1 $9900 $9900 $4800 - $5100
The aggregate bonus payment for the agency as a whole is $19 023
*ORER Executive Level 1 performance pay was calculated over 16 months of service but paid in 2001-02.


The total number of consultants engaged by the ORER was 20. The total expenditure on consultancy services during the year was $959 595.92 (GST inclusive).

Details of the ORER consultancies are available on Environment Australia's web site at

Freedom of Information

Freedom of information matters within the ORER are handled by the Administration Manager. The freedom of information officer may be contacted 02 6274 1860.

Written requests for access to documents may be addressed to:

Freedom of Information Officer
Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator
GPO Box 621

Categories of documents held

The ORER holds documents which are described in the categories set out below. Documents may have been transferred into archival custody or destroyed in accordance with the Archives Act 1983.

General and policy category

Parliamentary category

Advertising and Market Research

Payments to Starcom Worldwide (Aust) Pty Ltd were $70 401.96 during the reporting period. A breakdown of non-campaign advertisements purchased through Starcom Worldwide (Aust) Pty Ltd is available upon request.

No payments were made to advertising agencies for campaign advertising or to market research, polling or direct mail organisations.

Discretionary Grants Programmes

The ORER does not offer any grants programmes.

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