An Issues Paper to begin consultation on the Australian Government's Energy White Paper was released on 17 December 2013 - see Energy White Paper – Issues Paper to inform the development of a White Paper.

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said 'the Issues Paper is centred around reducing cost pressures on households and businesses, and will include matters such as security of energy supplies, regulatory reform and energy productivity.'

'The Issues Paper also seeks comment on growth and investment to maintain Australia’s competitive position, trade and international relations, workforce productivity to meet ongoing industry demand and alternate sources of energy to diversify our energy mix.'

Input from industry and the community will inform possible policy approaches for a Green Paper. The Green Paper will be released for consultation in May 2014, followed by the final Energy White Paper later in 2014.

Submissions on the Issues Paper must be made by 7 February 2014. The Issues Paper and details on the submission process are available at