Updated 18 September 2014

Have you received any dodgy advice about carbon projects? We recommend reporting carbon baggers and any dishonest advice to the Clean Energy Regulator on 1300 553 542 or

Providing carbon advice is not regulated in the same way as doctors or lawyers, but the Clean Energy Regulator has a plan to accredit (or approve) organisations that meet standards being developed under the Carbon Farming Skills program (note: skill sets are now available for delivery by registered training organisations). Aboriginal Carbon Fund intends to seek accreditation when available.

However, there is still some protection. Anyone providing financial advice about carbon credits such as what the price will be or dealing in carbon units must have an Australian Financial Services Licence. You can check if an organisation has a financial licence. Law firm McCullough Robertson has provided detailed guidance on what might be financial advice.

Anyone providing legal advice about a client's particular situation must be a registered legal practitioner. AbCF is not registered as a legal firm but for projects involving legal advice, Jeremy is a registered legal sole practitioner and can provide advice to AbCF.

Consumer law also protects you from anyone making false or misleading statements under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (formerly the Trade Practices Act 1974).

Again, if you are worried about the advice you have received from anyone contact the Clean Energy Regulator on 1300 553 542 or

It's up to all of us to maintain integrity in the carbon market. Aboriginal Carbon Fund supports an ethical carbon industry free of carbon cowboys – let’s Keep Carbon Clean.

More information is available at the Clean Energy Regulator and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.


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