Carbon liability list not yet complete

THE next batch of organisations that will have to pay the $23-per-tonne carbon tax should be known within days.

With a little more than two weeks left before the controversial legislation comes into effect, the Clean Energy Regulator is yet to release the full list of organisations that will be left with a carbon price liability.

A CER spokeswoman told APN on Wednesday it would reveal the second phase of liable entities in mid-June, with the third phase to be released at the end of the month.

The second round is expected to include a significant number of local governments.

It was revealed during Senate estimates in May the CER had written to 104 councils warning them of a potential carbon tax liability.

During the estimates hearing Ross Carter, executive general manager of CER's regulatory division, said "around 70 of those councils" would meet the 25,000 tonne emissions threshold.

Eight local governments, including Gladstone, Maranoa and Western Downs councils were included on the initial list of 249 entities.

Back in May the CER told APN it would only publish the names of local councils after working with them to determine whether they were likely to exceed the liability threshold.

When the first round was published on May 4 Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said he expected the final number of liable entities would be less than the 500 initially flagged.

The CER spokeswoman said the Liable Entities Public Information Database would be updated from July 1 as "new information" became available.

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