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Ring-fencing compliance

On 3 February 2022, version 3 of the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) electricity distribution ring fencing guideline (Guideline) came into effect. To read the Guideline, visit AER’s website.

The Guideline applies to all electricity distribution network businesses, referred to as Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs), and oversees the extent to which DNSPs can provide contestable services.

The objective of ring-fencing is to promote the development of competitive markets. The Guideline aims to prevent cross-subsidisation and discriminatory behaviour by DNSPs with their related contestable businesses.

The following documents outline how we’re complying with the Guideline.

Note: As at 30 June 2022:

  • there are no waivers currently in effect
  • no information has been requested in accordance with the Information Sharing Protocol
  • there are no regulated stand-alone power systems used by AusNet to provide other services.
Identifies waivers granted to AusNet by the AER under clause 5 of the Guideline. 
Outlines the protocol for what information will be shared, the terms on which it will be shared, and how to request information. It also contains the register of legal entities that have requested information and a description of any information shared.
Identifies AusNet people involved in the provision or marketing of both direct control services and contestable electricity services under clause 4.2.2.(b) of the Guideline, and offices where AusNet provide direct control services and contestable electricity services.  
Identifies certain information in relation to each regulated standalone power system used by AusNet to provide services other than transmission and distribution services.