There must be clear rules for the energy market so that participants understand their rights and responsibilities, and appropriate regulation so consumers do not pay more than necessary for their energy.
Rules are made under national energy laws designed to promote efficient investment in, and efficient operation and use of, energy services for the long-term interests of consumers with respect to price, quality, safety, reliability, and security of supply.
Rules determine how companies can operate and participate in the competitive generation and retail sectors. They also govern the economic regulation of electricity transmission and distribution networks and gas pipelines.
Rules have the force of law and are amended from time to time by the AEMC or, in special and limited circumstances, bythe South Australian Minister for Mineral Resources & Energy who is the Minister responsible for the AEMC to the Council of Australian Governments.
The AEMC does not propose rules (except for minor or non-material changes) because we must be impartial in the long-term interests of consumers. Rather, we make decisions on rule changes requested by stakeholders. In making and amending rules we are required to follow a rule amendment procedure that includes obligations of public consultation and publication of relevant documents.
Copies of the Rules are available for inspection at the AEMC's office in Sydney and the governing laws can be found at the South Australian Legislation website.
In this section you can search the current and historical versions of the rules for electricity, gas and retail.