Project timeline

Indicative timetable

The Review of the AER exemptions framework for embedded networks commenced in November 2023. Our indicative timetable for the review process is outlined below. 

Milestone Date*
Publish issues paper30 November 2023 
Stakeholder information session 13 December 2023
Submissions on the issues paper closeMonday, 5 February 2024 
Draft network guideline and consultation Early 2024 
Final network guidelineMid 2024 
Draft retail guideline and consultationLate 2024
Final retail guidelineEarly 2025

*Dates are indicative and may change 

Issues paper

The AER published an issues paper to initiate the Review of the AER exemptions framework for embedded networks. 

The issues paper seeks stakeholder feedback on: 

  • The risks and harms to consumers due to embedded networks 
  • Potential benefits of embedded networks 
  • Policy options for improving the framework, if harms are found to outweigh the benefits.

Stakeholder information session

As part of the consultation process for our Review of the AER Exemptions Framework for Embedded Networks, we held a stakeholder information session to discuss the purpose of our review, and provide a starting point for stakeholders to develop feedback. 

The information session was held online, on Wednesday 13 December 2023. Around 100 stakeholders attended. 

The session featured presentations by the AER, Tenants Union of NSW and The Energy Project. Slides from the AER's presentation and The Energy Project's presentation are below. 

We also held a Q&A session for stakeholders. A summary of the questions we received and our responses (including those that we did not have time to answer on the day) is below. 



We invited interested parties to make submissions on the issues paper. Submissions closed on 5 February 2024.

Late submissions

We received 13 submissions after the closing date. 

EWON, EWOQ, EWOSA and EWOV - Submission - Review of the exemptions framework for embedded networks

Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON); Energy & Water Ombudsman Queensland (EWOQ); Energy & Water Ombudsman SA (EWOSA); Energy & Water Ombudsman Victoria (EWOV)