This audit would examine the effectiveness of the Department of the Environment and Energy’s (the department’s) collection, management and use of energy-related data to inform policy development, advice to government, and reporting to key domestic and international stakeholders.

Since 2015, the department has been developing new energy market data capabilities in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Australian Energy Market Operator. The department’s data projects are designed to help improve energy affordability and reliability, and to address major gaps and challenges in forecasting, infrastructure planning, innovation and policy development. The audit would assess whether the department has established sound information governance arrangements to support the ongoing transformation of the energy market for the benefit of industry and consumers.