Codes and guidelines
From 1 February 2013, the principal regulation of South Australia's retail
energy market transferred to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). The AER is
now responsible for consumer protection and performance monitoring in the
electricity and gas retail market. Further information can be found by visiting
the AER’s website.
Pursuant to Part 4 of the Essential Services Commission Act, the
Commission is empowered to make industry codes and rules regulating the conduct
or operations of a regulated industry or regulated entities. The Commission has
made a number of relevant industry codes and compliance with relevant codes is a
mandatory condition of each electricity and gas licence issued by the
Pursuant to the provisions of the Electricity Transmission Code, each
transmission entity, system controller, generator and distributor must, to the
extent requested by the Commission, coordinate and assist with the development
of, and amendments to, a switching manual for the safe operation of: (a) the
transmission system and distribution system, and any connection to or between
those systems; and (b) where applicable, equipment belonging to a transmission
customer or generator.
The Switching Manual was revised and Version 3 of the Manual released in
September 2012 incorporates more recent operational practices and technologies
and clarifies the intent/definition of various clauses. References to
legislation have been updated to reflect the changes that have occurred since
the previous revision.
Pursuant to section 8 of the Essential Services Commission Act, the
Commission is empowered to publish guidelines relating to the performance of its
functions as set out in section 5 of that Act (which include performance
monitoring and compliance). In order to assist the Commission to fulfil various
functions, it has issued the guidelines to licensees relating to the manner in
which they report various matters to the Commission.