Networks information requirements review

Sector: 
Status: 
Date initiated: 
23 March 2022
Effective date: 
23 March 2022
Contact: 
General enquiries - Networks information requirements review, General enquiries - Networks information requirements review networksinformation@aer.gov.au
AER reference: 
AER212506

Overview

The AER has commenced a review of the information it collects from and about regulated electricity networks. 

At its core, the Network Information Requirements Review project (the review) is about driving improvements in the quality of the information about regulated networks that we use and share. Quality improvements are expected from increased consistency, and clarity about data inter-relationships. In addition, we expect to reap substantial efficiencies in the processing and ongoing management of networks information, and enable regulated business that provide information to us to also improve their efficiency for information reporting.

Key outputs from this review will be a new regulatory information instrument setting out our information requirements and a clear process and timing for future updates to information requirements. The new regulatory information instrument imposes annual reporting obligations on the regulated network businesses, and will be issued by the AER using information gathering powers under the National Electricity Law (NEL). In parallel to this review we will commence a program of work enabling the transition to better information exchange technologies.

Our discussion paper initiated our public process, which is aimed at all participants in the energy sector, including regulated networks, energy consumers, policymakers and energy sector analysts. Submissions on our discussion paper are available here. We will move from this initiation phase to consultation on a new regulatory information instrument in mid-2022, and hope to start realising the benefits of this work by the end of 2023.