About NERA

Our vision: Australia as a global energy powerhouse, a sought after destination for investment and the leading source of knowledge and solutions.

NERA is an independent not-for-profit company funded through Federal Government grants and collaborative programs by state/territory governments, industry and the science and research community, uniquely positioned to support sector-wide transformation and unlock +$10 billion of new value for the Australian economy.

NERA is an industry broker and the source of insight into challenges, solutions, skills and regulation that will ensure Australia maximises its huge energy resources advantage and becomes a global energy powerhouse.

Since our inception in 2016, NERA has worked to maximise the value to the Australian economy by developing an energy resources sector that is globally competitive, sustainable, innovative and diverse.

NERA is engaged across the value chain to achieve significant industry efficiencies; identify and support digital, automation and other innovative technologies; develop future workforce skills; and ensure that there are regulatory frameworks that support future investment, innovation, productivity and global trade.

Our Sector Competitiveness Plan (SCP) provides a roadmap to unlock that value for the Australian economy, with a strategic focus that involves accelerating the development, commercialisation and deployment of technologies that strengthen Australia's position as a global hub for excellence in energy resources innovation and enhance our global competitive advantage by supporting the development of a world-class supply sector.

Over the next decade, major sector challenges will transform the product and technology mix of successful energy and resource companies globally, particularly the need to invest in digital/data technologies, address climate change, reduce emissions and, increasingly, find competitive alternatives and renewable energy solutions. NERA is playing a key role in creating the collaboration and innovation connections essential to ensure Australia successfully navigates this transformation.

NERA's knowledge priorities

Our strategic focus translates into eight knowledge priorities that underpin NERA's activities and engagement.


Enhance skills and business capabilities to support automation and digitisation


Build talent and enable effective collaboration and innovation


Pursue a sustainable and low carbon energy future


Understand and unlock Australia's resource base


Develop new market and business models


Commercialise technology and research


Enhance efficiency in operations and maintenance


Optimise the regulatory framework