AusNet Services - Cost pass through - 2019-20 bushfire natural disaster

Commencement date: 
27 May 2020
Effective date: 
1 January 2021
AER General inquiries


On 27 May 2020, AusNet Services submitted an application to the AER for a positive pass through of $14.71 million for costs associated with the 2019-20 bushfires. AusNet Services proposes that all of this pass through amount should be recovered by electricity users through increase in AusNet Services' distribution prices in the first half of 2021.


We are now seeking submissions on AusNet Services 2019-20 bushfires pass through application by close of business on Friday 19 June 2020.

Submissions should be emailed Attention: Sebastian Roberts, General Manager, Transmission and Gas at

Alternatively, written submissions can be sent to:

Mr Sebastian Roberts
General Manager, Transmission and Gas
Australian Energy Regulatory
GPO Box 520

Melbourne VIC 3001

We will take into account submissions in deciding whether or not to grant AusNet’s 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.