The AER advises that Ms Cristina Cifuentes has been appointed acting part-time Member of the Australian Energy Regulator under section 44AQ of the Trade Practices Act 1974. This appointment has been made pending approval of the permanent appointment by the Governor General. Her acting appointment means she can commence with the AER as early as this week.
Ms Cifuentes has formal qualifications in law and economics and holds a number of directorships and executive roles, including as director of the NSW Treasury Corporation and First State Super Trustee Corporation. She has relevant market regulatory experience, including as a member of IPART between 1997 and 2006.