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Offshore wind

Offshore wind is critical to enable Australia to decarbonise our economy. Here's how we're helping it take off.
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Australia's newest renewable energy sector

With a higher capacity factor than onshore wind – meaning it generates more energy for more hours of the day – offshore wind will be a great complement to Australia’s existing energy generation profile.
Offshore wind also presents economies of scale, as we can build large-scale projects close to major load centres where the energy is needed to support retiring fossil fuel plants. This is where offshore wind comes into its own. Below are four ways we're helping offshore wind grow in Australia.
01 Offshore wind

Coordinating the industry to maximise the offshore wind opportunity

Offshore wind developers face common challenges in planning and compliance, supply chain, social license and impact assessment.

In late 2023 the Clean Energy Council established the Australian Offshore Wind Taskforce to coordinate state and federal governments with offshore wind developers to explore opportunities for maximising the economic and environmental benefits of offshore wind in Australia. The Taskforce will also facilitate coordination with the broader industry, with the Clean Energy Council as Chair.

02 Offshore wind

Offshore wind information campaign for communities

Community opposition to offshore wind is growing, and there is more misinformation than for similar land-based wind projects. We're establishing an offshore wind energy information campaign to help reduce public concerns around visual and environmental impacts, and ensure everyone is well informed with evidence-based facts.

03 Offshore wind

Establishing a skilled and ready offshore workforce

The offshore wind industry is only just beginning, so local expertise is hard to find. The Clean Energy Council works with unions, governments and training organisations to train the next generation of offshore wind workers, as well as unlock skilled migration and portable entitlements.

Search our 'Jobs in the industry' page for current positions. If you're at the start of your career and considering working in offshore wind, our Careers Guide can help you know where to start (or visit us at the next Careers for Net Zero job fair).

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04 Offshore wind

First Nations partners on sea country

Australia's First Nations people are often perceived to have strong cultural ties with land, but not necessarily the sea. We will be working with First Nations partners and offshore wind developers to ensure equitable access to the positive outcomes of local offshore wind developments.

Our First Nations Engagement Guide for the Renewables Industry, co-authored with KPMG, is the first ever comprehensive national guide on meaningful engagement, consent, participation and benefit-sharing with First Nations people on renewable energy projects.

First Nations Engagement Guide for the renewables industry
22 Feb 2024

First Nations Engagement Guide for the renewables industry

The first ever comprehensive national guide on meaningful engagement, consent, participation and benefit-sharing with First Nations people on renewable energy projects is being launched today.

Six offshore wind priority areas have now been announced by the Federal government. These announcements represent significant progress for offshore wind in Australia.

The Offshore Wind Directorate is a dedicated forum for discussing the many opportunities in the rapidly-growing Australian offshore wind market.

Topics discussed include regulatory updates and consultations, industry development including supply chain and workforce, and technical issues. 

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Morgan Rossiter

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Morgan Rossiter Director, Offshore Wind
It's an extraordinary moment for Australia's future, and I am excited to work with our members on unlocking this enormous opportunity for offshore wind in Australia.

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Events

What’s happening in wind

Be part of this growing industry sector
If your organisation is interested in offshore wind developments in Australia, register now for these upcoming events.
Australian Clean Energy Summit 2024

Australian Clean Energy Summit 2024

16 Jul - 17 Jul 2024
Careers for Net Zero QLD Roadshow

Careers for Net Zero QLD Roadshow

06 Aug - 14 Aug 2024
Australian Wind Industry Summit 2024

Australian Wind Industry Summit 2024

09 Sep - 10 Sep 2024
Perth Member Mixer 2024

Perth Member Mixer 2024

10 Oct 2024
All Energy Australia 2024

All Energy Australia 2024

23 Oct - 24 Oct 2024