1st Ministerial Council on Mineral and Petroleum Resources meeting communique - 4 March 2002

The 1st session of the Ministerial Council on Mineral and Petroleum Resources met in Melbourne on 4 March 2002.

The Council was established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in June 2001 to deal with issues affecting the minerals and petroleum industries. The Council consisted of the Commonwealth Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources and State and Territory Ministers with responsibility for minerals and petroleum. The New Zealand Minister for Energy and the Papuan New Guinean Minister for Mining and the Minister for Petroleum and Energy had observer status.

National Energy Customer Framework

The National Energy Customer Framework (NECF) forms the final piece of the broader national energy reforms set out in the Australian Energy Market Agreement. It's a national framework for the retail sale of electricity and gas to residential and small business energy customers. With the exception of Western Australia and the Northern Territory, it's being progressively implemented through the transfer of state and territory legislation with a transition to a single set of national Laws, Regulations and Rules.

Statement of Expectations for the Australian Energy Market Commission and the Australian Energy Regulator (December 2013)

Statement of Expectations for the Australian Energy Market Commission and the Australian Energy Regulator (December 2013)

Publication date: Friday, 31st May 2013.

On 7 December 2012, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) recommended that the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources (the Council) develop enhanced budget and performance reporting for the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

Standing Council on Energy and Resources Energy Market Reform Package 2012

On 7 December 2012, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed a comprehensive package of national energy market reforms developed collaboratively by the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources to respond to the current challenges of rising electricity prices.

The package of reforms aimed to restore the focus of the electricity market on serving the long term interests of consumers and was built around four key themes:

National Mineral Exploration Strategy (Revised July 2017)

At its 8 June 2012 meeting, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources considered the report Levers to Improve Australia’s Global Position for Attracting Resource Exploration Investment and agreed to develop a National Mineral Exploration Strategy to address Australia’s greenfields exploration challenge.

Report to the COAG Energy Council on Unconventional Reserves, Resources, Production, Forecasts and Drilling Rates

In December 2012, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources tasked officials to:

National Harmonised Regulatory Framework for Natural Gas from Coal Seams - Annual Implementation Update (December 2016)

On 9 December 2011, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources agreed to develop and implement a harmonised framework for coal seam gas to address key areas of community concern. The National Harmonised Regulatory Framework for Natural Gas from Coal Seams was endorsed by the Council on 31 May 2013.

National Harmonised Regulatory Framework for Natural Gas from Coal Seams

On 13 December 2013, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources endorsed a National Harmonised Regulatory Framework for Natural Gas from Coal Seams (the Framework).The Framework delivers on a commitment by Australian governments to put in place a suite of leading practice principles, providing guidance to regulators in the management of natural gas from coal seams and ensuring regulatory regimes are robust, consistent and transparent across all Australian jurisdictions.

Multiple Land Use Framework (December 2013)

The Multiple Land Use Framework (MLUF) was developed in recognition of the conflict arising over land access and land use. Commissioned by the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources on 10 June 2011, the MLUF was finalised and endorsed by the Council at its meeting on 13 December 2013.

Intergovernmental Agreement on Energy Supply Industry Safety

On 4 January 2012, the Commonwealth, States and Territories entered into the Intergovernmental Agreement on Energy Supply Industry Safety.

The objectives of the Agreement are to put in place a nationally harmonised safety framework for the energy supply industry which ensures public and industry safety and contributes to the efficient delivery of energy network services by:

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