icon-inquiry Inquiry into regulatory arrangements for small-scale and off-grid water, gas and electricity services

  • Project Released: 15 Aug 2016
  • Project Closes: Jun 2020
  • Contact: Sean McComish


The Commission has formed the view that an inquiry into the way in which it regulates small-scale utility operations is necessary and desirable at this time to ensure that the regulatory frameworks it applies under industry regulation Acts is consistent with its primary statutory objective, and is proportionate and responsive to recent and emerging issues.

The Commission is to inquire into appropriate regulatory arrangements (including subsidiary regulatory instruments such as industry codes) and price regulation arrangements to apply in relation to small-scale water supplies, sewerage services, non-national market electricity and reticulated Liquid Petroleum Gas supplies (small scale water, sewerage and energy services), for the purposes of carrying out its functions.


Current status is Initiate

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Further info

The Commission has released a consolidation of its responses to the issues raised during consultation on the Issues Paper. Further consideration of the matters raised in submissions may follow after consultation on the Framework and Approach paper.


The Commission has published a Framework and Approach paper for the Inquiry. This paper provides potential options for the future regulatory framework for water, electricity and gas small-scale networks in South Australia. The Commission will be actively consulting and seeking stakeholder views on those options.

To enable ongoing engagement with stakeholders, the Commission has extended the consultation period for the Inquiry into regulatory arrangements for small-scale and off-grid water, gas and electricity services. Written submissions should now be provided by Friday, 20 September 2019.

The Commission continues to invite stakeholders to meet with Commission staff to discuss the Framework and Approach paper.

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