About us

About us

The Essential Services Commission of South Australia (the Commission) is an independent economic regulator,  established under the Essential Services Commission Act 2002, which came into effect on 12 September 2002. The Commission is the same body corporate as the former South Australian Independent Industry Regulator (SAIIR) established in 1999, which was previously responsible for some of the Commission's regulatory functions.

The Commission’s objective, specified in the Essential Services Commission Act 2002 (ESC Act), is the:

“protection of the long term interests of South Australian consumers with respect to
the price, quality and reliability of essential services”

Essential services are defined as being electricity, gas, water and sewerage, maritime, rail and any other services prescribed from time to time.

The Commission undertakes a number of functions in carrying out its regulatory functions. Most of the Commission’s functions cannot be actioned in the absence of specific reference in industry legislation. The table below summarises the nature of the regulatory tasks performed by the Commission in each sector.

Legislation
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ELECTRICITY
Licensing of specified electricity operations (generation, transmission, distribution [on-grid] and generation, transmission, distribution and retail [off-grid]) in SA, network reliability standard-setting, solar photovoltaic feed-in price regulation (retailer payments only), preparation and publication of Ministerial reports on energy retail prices, Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme administration, performance monitoring.

Electricity Act 1996

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GAS
Licensing of specified gas operations (distribution [natural and LPG] and retail [LPG only]) in SA, preparation and publication of Ministerial reports on energy retail prices, Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme administration, performance monitoring.

Gas Act 1997

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RAIL
Access regulation for the Tarcoola–Darwin railway and specified intra-state rail lines.

AustralAsia Railway (Third Party Access) Act 1999 & Railway (Operations and Access) Act 1997    

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PORTS
Pricing and access regulation for specified port services.

Maritime Services (Access) Act 2002

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WATER
Licensing of water and wastewater retail operations in SA, consumer protection, retail price regulation, performance monitoring.

Water Industry Act 2012