The Australian Government has released the Final Report of the Independent Review of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 (GEMS Act).

The review is a statutory requirement to ensure the GEMS Act remains appropriate and effective in reducing Australia’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Ms Anna Collyer, a partner at law firm Allens, was appointed to undertake the review.

The Final Report provides the findings and recommendations of the review. The Final Report has been informed by submissions to the March 2018 discussion paper and the November 2018 draft report, as well as group and one-on-one meetings between the independent reviewer and stakeholders.

Download the Final Report.

Next Steps

The Government will consider the Final Report recommendations before publishing a response.

More Information

GEMS Act Review - Discussion Paper
The review invited submissions on a Discussion Paper (March 2018) to inform the development of a Draft Report. The review received 23 submissions, 4 of which are confidential at the request of stakeholders. Public submissions are available at GEMS Act Review - Discussion Paper submissions.

GEMS Act Review – Draft Report
The review released a Draft Report in November 2018 and invited public submissions to inform the development of a Final Report. The review received 15 submissions, 1 of which is confidential at the stakeholder’s request.