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The Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources’ (DISER) has committed to delivering the inaugural Australian Energy Employment Report (AEER), which has been welcomed by energy industry leaders. 

The Australian Power Institute (API), Ai Group, Clean Energy Council, Energy Efficiency Council and UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures have welcomed the commitment by DISER to deliver the report. 

The AEER will give a holistic view of energy jobs in both SMEs and big business, providing granular detail on employment in established areas such as fuels, generation and networks, as well as emerging areas like storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, hydrogen and energy management, which are all playing an increasingly crucial role in Australia’s energy sector.

In October 2021, the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) and UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), with the support of the Australian Power Institute (API), Clean Energy Council (CEC) and Ai Group, released a RACE for 2030 report. 

The RACE for 2030 report focused on developing the future energy workforce and recommended the biennial release of the AEER. This recommendation has been widely backed by the energy industry.

The ECC said that the AEER represents global leadership, with Australia the first country to adopt the United States’ gold standard methodology for counting energy sector jobs, and to expand it to include energy management across the whole economy.

The ECC also said that with the AEER, the industry and government will be able to avoid skills shortages and capture economic opportunity as the Australian energy sector transitions to net zero.

The leadership teams at Australian Power Institute (API), Ai Group, Clean Energy Council, Energy Efficiency Council and UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures will be working collaboratively with DISER to deliver the inaugural AEER over 2022.

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