AER invites submissions on Rate of Return Instrument 2022 consultation paper

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has today released the Pathway to the Rate of Return Instrument 2022 consultation paper.

The consultation paper asks for submissions on two key aspects of the Rate of Return Instrument 2022 process; the Concurrent Evidence Sessions and the Independent Panel.

We set out what is required of us under the legislation and our initial positions on a number of key issues including:

  • Scheduling of the Concurrent Evidence Sessions
  • Funding of the chosen experts
  • How the Independent Panel members will be selected

In forming our positions we took account of previous submissions made as part of our review of the Rate of Return Instrument 2018 process.

Submissions to this paper will be considered as part of a final position paper on the Rate of Return Instrument 2022 review process.

Invitation for submissions

Written submissions should be emailed to by close of business 9 July 2021.

Alternatively, submissions can be posted to:

Mr Warwick Anderson
General Manager, Network Finance and Reporting
Australian Energy Regulator
GPO Box 3131
Canberra ACT 2601

We prefer that all submissions be sent in an electronic format in Microsoft Word or other text-readable document form and publicly available, to facilitate an informed, transparent and robust consultation process.

We will treat submissions as public documents unless otherwise requested. All non-confidential submissions will be placed on the AER's website. For further information regarding the AER's use and disclosure of information provided to it, see the ACCC/AER Information Policy. We request parties wishing to submit confidential information:

  • clearly identify the information that is the subject of the confidentiality claim
  • provide a non-confidential version of the submission in a form suitable for publication.

Enquiries about this paper, or about lodging submissions, should be directed to the Network Finance and Reporting branch (03) 9290 1800.

Issued date: 
10 June 2021
AER reference: 
AC 82/21
General enquiries - Rate of return