In July 2021, the Department for Energy and Mining (DEM) requested submissions from the public on a proposed amendment to the Electricity (General) Regulations 2012 (the Regulations).

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The Issues Paper (PDF, 318.7 KB) outlined the proposed amendment to the Regulations, which would require payment prior to electricity being consumed as the only payment method for the relevant customers.

The relevant customers included residential customers in the remote Aboriginal communities and associated homelands of Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, Yalata on Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT) and Oak Valley on Maralinga Tjarutja (MT) supplied through the Remote Area Energy Supply (RAES) scheme.

Submissions

Submissions closed in September 2021 – the following submissions were received:

Outcome

After consideration of the written submissions and other feedback provided by the stakeholders above, DEM has published this table of formal responses to the issues raised (PDF, 245.9 KB).

Regulatory changes have now been made to require payment prior to electricity being consumed as the only payment method for relevant customers under the RAES Scheme.

These regulatory changes have now been published along with associated notices in the 9 December 2021 Government Gazette.

Further information can also be found on the YourSAY website.