AusNet Services' cost pass through application

On 27 May 2020 we received a cost pass through application from AusNet Services seeking to recover costs incurred in respect of the 2019-20 bushfires. AusNet Services submits that the restoration effort to restore supply in response to the bushfires has had a material impact on their costs of providing direct control services. To recover these costs AusNet Services proposes a positive pass through amount of approximately $14.7 million. The AER will now assess this application and invite submission from interested parties by close of business on Friday 19 June 2020.

Invitation for submissions

We are now seeking submissions from interested stakeholders on AusNet Services' pass through application by close of business on Friday 19 June 2020. Submissions should be emailed to with the subject line: Attention: Sebastian Roberts, General Manager, Transmission and Gas.

Alternatively, written submissions can also be sent to:

Mr Sebastian Roberts
General Manager, Transmission and Gas
Australian Energy Regulator
GPO Box 520
Melbourne VIC 3001

We will take into account submissions in deciding whether or not to grant AusNet Services' application.

The AER prefers 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. Accordingly, submissions will be treated as public documents and posted on the AER's website, unless prior arrangements are made with the AER to treat the submission, or portions of it, as confidential. Those wishing to submit confidential information are requested to:

  • clearly identify the information that is the subject of the confidentiality claim; and
  • provide a non-confidential version of the submission.
Issued date: 
5 June 2020
AER reference: 
AC 82/20
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