Repealing the Carbon Tax

The Australian Government has abolished the carbon tax, with effect from 1 July 2014. This will lower costs for Australian businesses and ease cost of living pressures for households.

Abolition of the Carbon Tax

The Australian Government has abolished the carbon tax.

The carbon tax repeal legislation received the Royal Assent on Thursday, 17 July 2014 and the bills as part of this package are now law, with effect from 1 July 2014.

Abolishing the carbon tax will lower costs for Australian businesses and ease cost of living pressures for households.

Carbon tax repeal legislation

The Government has now delivered on its promise to repeal of the carbon tax effective from 1 July 2014.  On 17 July 2014 the following legislation to abolish the carbon tax was passed by the Senate and received the Royal Assent:

[The legislation and accompanying Explanatory Memorandums are available to view on the Parliament of Australia website, or you can click on the links to each of the Acts listed.]

Fact sheets on carbon tax repeal

What removing the carbon tax will mean for Australians

Repealing the carbon tax and the Clean Energy Package is designed to:

  • Reduce the cost of living - modelling by the Australian Treasury suggests that removing the carbon tax in 2014-15 will leave average costs of living across all households around $550 lower than they would otherwise be in 2014-15.
  • Lower retail electricity by around 9 per cent and retail gas prices by around 7 per cent than they would otherwise be in 2014-15 with a $25.40 carbon tax.
  • Boost Australia’s economic growth, increase jobs and enhance Australia’s international competitiveness by removing an unnecessary tax, which hurts businesses and families.
  • Reduce annual ongoing compliance costs for around 370 liable entities by almost $90 million per annum.
  • Remove over 1,000 pages of primary and subordinate legislation.

Ensuring lower prices are passed through

The Government is committed to ensuring that consumers benefit from the removal of the carbon tax. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will monitor and enforce reasonably expected price reductions across key sectors of the economy, particularly the electricity, gas and synthetic greenhouse gas sectors.

The ACCC will also have, for one year following the repeal of the carbon tax, new powers to take action against entities that engage in carbon tax-related price exploitation, or that make false or misleading claims about the effect of the carbon tax repeal on prices. These new provisions will complement the existing provisions of the Australian Consumer Law that prohibit misleading and deceptive conduct and false or misleading representations.

Further information is available on the ACCC’s website: www.accc.gov.au/consumers/prices-receipts/carbon-tax-repeal-for-consumers.

Industry assistance

Industry assistance provided under the Jobs & Competitiveness Program, the Energy Security Fund and the Steel Transformation Plan has continued in 2013-14 for the purpose of meeting carbon tax liabilities, but has now ceased.

Climate Change Authority and Clean Energy Finance Corporation

The Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013 and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2014, were introduced into parliament as part of the broader Carbon Tax Repeal Legislative Package and each of which will proceed separately. Policy responsibility for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation remains with the Treasury.

Role of the Clean Energy Regulator

The Clean Energy Regulator will ensure that carbon tax liabilities are met in full. Any enquiries regarding compliance and reporting arrangements for 2013-14 should continue to be directed to the Clean Energy Regulator.

Direct Action Plan

On 18 June 2014, the Government introduced to Parliament a bill to implement the Emissions Reduction Fund, the centrepiece of the Direct Action Plan. The Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014 will expand the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011.

Exposure drafts and public consultation

The Government released exposure drafts of legislation to repeal the carbon tax on 15 October 2013. Consultation closed on 4 November 2013. For more information on the closed consultation processes, including a consultation paper on the exposure drafts of legislation, see Repealing the Carbon Tax – Public Comments.

As part of the carbon tax repeal process, the Australian Government also released exposure drafts of associated legislative instruments. Consultation closed on Friday, 18 July 2014. For further information see: Carbon Tax Repeal – Associated Draft Legislative Instruments.