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Contract term

04 August 2020

The contract term refers to the length of the contractual arrangement under which the Clean Energy Regulator will agree to buy Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) from a Seller.

An applicant will nominate an indicative contract term at the auction qualification stage, which is then confirmed at auction registration and set at auction if the contract is awarded.

The following contract terms are available for both Fixed Delivery and Optional Delivery contracts:

  1. Standard
  2. Short-term
  3. Immediate delivery

Please note that:

  • a project may only be eligible for a single Optional Delivery contract of any term, and
  • a project can be eligible for multiple consecutive contracts during its crediting period, including up to 10 immediate delivery contracts and 3 short term contracts per project.

Standard contract

The most common standard contract length is 7 years. Contracts associated with projects that have a crediting period of 10 years or more can apply for a standard contract length of 10 years.

Partial contracts can cover a portion of a project’s estimated abatement or cover a portion of the crediting period.

Short-term contract

A short-term contract refers to any contract term with multiple deliveries over a period less than the standard contract length of 7 or 10 years.

A project can only contract for a single Optional Delivery contract of any term. Subsequent contracts must be Fixed Delivery contracts.

Immediate delivery contract

An immediate delivery contract refers to an agreement in which the nominated ACCUs are available in the applicant’s Australian National Registry of Emissions Units (ANREU) account at time of auction registration and will be delivered within 30 calendar days of the auction.

The minimum volume for immediate delivery contracts is 2,000 ACCUs.

A project can only contract for a single Optional Delivery contract of any term. Subsequent contracts must be Fixed Delivery contracts.


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