2nd Standing Council on Energy and Resources meeting communique - 8 June 2012

Publication date: Friday, 08th June 2012.

Australian, state and territory Energy and Resources Ministers met in Darwin on 8 June 2012 for the second meeting of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER). The meeting gave Ministers the opportunity to consider current market conditions and trends and discuss initiatives to support the development and efficient operation of the nation's energy and resources sectors.

The key strategic issues that Ministers discussed included:

  • Australian gas market development;
  • demand side participation in energy markets; and
  • network regulation.

Ministers also discussed key strategic issues with the three energy market agencies - the Australian Energy Market Commission, Australian Energy Market Operator, and the Australian Energy Regulator - and the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority, and noted the outcomes of recent work by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics in relation to sectoral production, demand, exports and investment.