Australian Energy Regulator

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is the national energy market regulator. Among other things, it:

  • sets the revenues that regulated network businesses can recover as well as the maximum prices they can charge
  • publishes reports on network business performance in providing energy services to Australians, and
  • monitors markets and enforces compliance with rules and legislation.

The AER also regulates energy retail markets in some jurisdictions, where it can:

  • authorise retailers to sell energy
  • approve retailers' policies for dealing with customers in hardship
  • administer a national retailer of last resort scheme, and
  • manage the national energy price comparison - Energy Made Easy.