The AEMC has commenced consultation on a Rule change request from the Ministerial Council on Energy (MCE) in relation to the implementation of a national framework for electricity distribution network planning and expansion.

On 29 September 2011, the AEMC published the MCE's Rule change request and an AEMC staff Consultation Paper to facilitate stakeholder submissions. The AEMC also gave notice under section 107 of the National Electricity Law (NEL) that it has extended the period of time for making the draft Rule determination until 22 March 2012.

Submissions on the Consultation Paper close on 24 November 2011.