SCER Expert Panel review of the limited merits review regime

The limited merits review regime provides for an affected or interested person to apply to the Australian Competition Tribunal for a limited review of our electricity network revenue and pricing determinations and gas pipeline access arrangement determinations. The SCER is reviewing this regime.

The limited merits review regime provides for an affected or interested person to apply to the Australian Competition Tribunal for a limited review of our electricity network revenue and pricing determinations and gas pipeline access arrangement determinations. The SCER is reviewing this regime. On 7 March 2012, the Expert Panel (consisting of Professor George Yarrow, Dr John Tamblyn and the Hon. Michael Egan), convened by the Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER), commenced a review of the limited merits review regime in the National Electricity Law and the National Gas Law.

In 2012–13 we made several submissions on discussion papers, reports and the regulation impact statement for this review.

Our submissions argued the current limited merits review regime has significant weaknesses that need to be addressed. We supported retaining the Australian Competition Tribunal as the review body.

Stage one

AER cover letter - Response to the Standing Council on Energy and Resources Expert Panel interim stage one report and consultation papers - 7 June 2012 ( DOC 84.1 KB | PDF 41.09 KB )

AER submission - Response to the Standing Council on Energy and Resources Expert Panel interim stage one report and consultation papers - June 2012 ( DOC 222.8 KB | PDF 346.06 KB )

Stage two

On 28 August 2012 we provided a response to the review’s stage two discussion paper.

AER cover letter - Response to the Standing Council on Energy and Resources Expert Panel's stage two assessment - 28 August 2012 ( DOC 93.22 KB | PDF 42.85 KB )

AER submission on Standing Council on Energy and Resources Expert Panel's review of limited merits review regime (stage two assessment) - 28 August 2012 ( DOC 127.84 KB | PDF 106.88 KB )

Expert Panel recommendations - Stage Two

On 30 October 2012 we made a joint submission with the ACCC to the recommendations of the Expert Panel in its Stage Two report.

AER-ACCC Cover letter - Joint submission to SCER Expert Panel Stage Two recommendations - 30 October 2012 ( PDF 45.98 KB )

AER-ACCC Joint submission to SCER's Expert Panel's Stage Two report - Review of the Limited Merits Regime - October 2012 ( PDF 179.03 KB )

Consultation paper

On 7 February 2013 the we provided a joint submission with the ACCC to SCER's Regulation Impact Statement Consultation Paper dealing with the Limited Merits Review regime.

AER-ACCC Joint submission to SCER's Regulation Impact Statement consultation paper - Limited Merits Review regime - 7 February 2013 ( PDF 3.11 MB )

More information

More information of the Review of the Limited Merits Review Regime.