|Year Implemented||2006 (and 2008)|
|Date Announced||3 May 2006|
|Agency||•Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts|
|Size of Plant Targeted||Large|
|Description||Recognising the increasing contribution wind energy is making to Australian energy markets, the Australian Government initiated the development of a federal code for wind farm development and construction.
The Government released the National Code for Wind Farms discussion paper in May 2006. This process was instigated to replace state and territory codes of varying standards. In June 2006 the Government established a stakeholders consultation group following a meeting of Australia's environmental ministers.
The Government then decided in June 2008 to investigate impediments to the uptake of wind energy, and how these can be addressed, including through a possible national code. This would address barriers to smoother uptake of wind energy by bringing together all three levels of government, industry and communities.
As a result of this process, draft best practice wind energy development guidelines were released for consideration in mid 2010.