Since the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic in early 2020, Australia has committed at least USD 954.16 million to supporting different energy types through new or amended policies, according to official government sources and other publicly available information. These public money commitments include:

  • At least USD 479.51 million for unconditional fossil fuels through 7 policies (3 quantified and 4 unquantified)
  • No public money commitments identified for conditional fossil fuels
  • At least USD 162.57 million for unconditional clean energy through 6 policies (5 quantified and 1 unquantified)
  • At least USD 49.44 million for conditional clean energy through 4 policies (4 quantified)
  • At least USD 262.64 million for other energy through 3 policies (2 quantified and 1 unquantified)
Updated: 12 August 2020

At least

$479.51 million

Supporting fossil fuel energy


Per capita

At least

$212.02 million

Supporting clean energy


Per capita

By energy type, Australia committed at least USD 477.21 million to oil and gas (at least USD 477.21 million to unconditional oil and gas).

In addition, some public money committed for coal (1 policy with the value of public money unquantified).

Further, no public money commitments identified for hydrogen based on fossil fuels.

Finally, Australia committed at least USD 2.30 million to multiple fossil fuels (at least USD 2.30 million to unconditional multiple fossil fuels).

A considerably larger amount of public money committed to supporting the economy and people of Australia through monetary and fiscal policies in response to the crisis may also benefit different elements of the energy sector. However, these values are not available from official legislation and statements and therefore are not included in the database. Meanwhile, in addition to monetary and fiscal measures, the database lists other policies and regulations that can also provide benefits to producers and consumers of different energy types.

These public money commitments are additional to many other government policies that had existed to support different energy types before the COVID19 pandemic.

Public money commitments to fossil fuels, clean and other energy in recovery packages, USD billion, as of 12 August 2020