The Australian Energy Market Commission has launched a fully web-published version of the National Electricity Rules, providing a smarter, faster way to use and access the rules online.

Announcing the improved online version, AEMC Chair Anna Collyer said the rules were accessed regularly by hundreds of energy market participants, but until now had only been available in PDF and Word format.

“This is simply a better way to read the rules,” Ms Collyer said.

“It was built with input from our users, is being subject to widespread stakeholder testing and there will be ongoing opportunities for feedback as we bring the National Energy Retail Rules and the National Gas Rules into the online realm as well.

“Thinking about better ways to work collaboratively with our stakeholders is a key focus for the Commission, whether it’s input to rule changes or devising practical new ways to work together.”

Ms Collyer said the new features meant readers could expect faster, easier navigation through the crucial rules documentation.

“With the sector experiencing such rapid transition, it’s more important than ever to be able to find exactly what you need to know, and quickly, from the National Electricity Rules,” she said.

The new features include:

  • Extensive cross-referencing via hyperlinks
  • Pop-up definitions for thousands of defined terms
  • Easy save/print options for individual sections

Hyperlinked cross-references will give readers immediate context and connections to related provisions as they consult the rules.

Stakeholders have also told us how much they appreciate the option to click on defined terms wherever they are used in the rules and get instant pop up definitions rather than leaving their reading to consult the glossary chapter.

The PDF and Word versions of the rules will remain available online alongside the fully digital version, providing a downloadable option for e-readers and other purposes.

The development of this interactive version of the rules fulfils a recommendation from the Energy Security Board (ESB) review of the National Electricity Rules. The ESB review made several recommendations to make the rules more accessible and user-friendly.

Over time, the Commission will also launch fully web-published versions of the National Energy Retail Rules, National Gas Rules and National Electricity Rules (Northern Territory).


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