Energy Policy Branch
The Energy Policy Branch provides advice to the Minister for Energy in regards to his portfolio responsibilities relating to the Tasmanian and national energy sector. This includes:
- Developing a State Energy Strategy.
- Engaging with Tasmania’s energy businesses and providing policy advice to the Minister on the objectives and performance of state-owned businesses.
- Supporting the Director of Energy Planning in meeting responsibilities specified in the Energy Co-ordination and Planning Act 1995. The Director's principal duties are to assist the Minister for Energy in relation to the provision of energy in Tasmania, and advising the Minister for Energy on all aspects of energy policy.
- Supporting the statutory position of the Jurisdictional System Security Coordinator. The Jurisdictional System Security Coordinator has particular responsibilities for ensuring preparedness of the Tasmanian entities to manage electricity supply emergencies.
- Helping to maintain an efficient and effective regulatory structure for Tasmanian energy.
- Administering relevant energy legislation as assigned under Administrative Orders.
- Actively representing Tasmania's interests in national energy policy development and in ongoing reforms and development of the regulatory and market framework for Australia's electricity and gas sectors.
- Facilitating high level planning designed to respond to any major disruption to supplies in Tasmanian electricity, gas or petroleum products.
- Undertaking monitoring, research and analysis on energy matters.
- Providing authoritative information on Tasmanian energy matters.
- Administering assigned programs, projects and major initiatives.
The Energy Policy Branch currently consists of 8 staff, and has an annual operating budget of approximately $1 million.