Over half the money raised from the carbon price is being used to assist households.
Q. I received a flyer explaining how the Government will provide households with $10.10 to help electricity bills. Will my household receive this payment & how will it be paid?
The figure of $10.10 refers to the average amount of assistance households receive through tax cuts and increases in family payments, pensions and benefits. This assistance is part of the Government’s Household Assistance Package, and eligible Australian households have already received it. The payment varies from household to household. For an estimate of your assistance, visit the Household assistance estimator.
Q. What can I do if I think a shop or business has raised their prices too much?
You should contact the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) if you think a business is attributing significant price rises to the carbon price. The ACCC will investigate businesses’ carbon claims and has the power to issue infringement notices or take legal action against businesses suspected of breaching the law.
Clean Energy Skills
Clean Energy Skills will provide the foundation for a new type of workplace skill set that will become increasingly more valuable as we transition to a low carbon economy. Up to $32 million will go to help educational institutions and industry to develop the materials and expertise needed to promote clean energy skills.
Tradespersons and professionals alike will develop the skills needed to deliver energy efficiency services, clean energy projects, and low pollution products to Australian households, communities and businesses. This will help workers of all types transition to a low carbon economy by providing them with the skills that will become increasingly important as businesses adapt to a clean energy future.
The carbon price will provide strong incentives for businesses to improve their energy efficiency. Improving energy efficiency will be one of the main ways many businesses will be able to manage the impact of a carbon price.
The Government will help businesses in this process through a range of measures. These include the Jobs and Competiveness Program, which will provide $9.2 billion over the first three years of the carbon price mechanism, and the $1.2 billion Clean Technology Program. In addition, the Government is providing support for industry associations and non- government organisations to deliver tailored information to small businesses and community organisations to manage carbon price impacts.
Jobs and Competitiveness Program
The Jobs and Competitiveness Program will support local jobs and production, and encourage industry to invest in cleaner technologies. This program is targeted at companies that produce a lot of carbon pollution but are constrained in their capacity to pass through costs in global markets. It has been carefully designed to assist these industries in a way that maintains strong incentives for them to improve their energy efficiency and reduce the pollution intensity of their products