Electricity legislation

Under Australian constitutional arrangements, the regulation of energy is the responsibility of the various states and territories. In NSW, the Minister with responsibility for general matters relating to electricity and gas is the Minister for Energy and Utilities.

Under the legislation for which the Minister has responsibility, the Minister's role can be delegated to an authorised person.

As part of the NSW Government’s leasing of electricity distribution and transmission service providers, it has transferred the electricity safety and reliability regulatory functions from the NSW Department of Industry to IPART.  This transfer took effect from 5 June 2015 when the Electricity Network Assets (Authorised Transactions) Act 2015 was enacted.

The Australian Energy Regulator is responsible for the economic regulation of network service providers and the authorisation of electricity and gas retailers.

    • NSW Public Lighting Code

      Read about minimum maintenance standards and minimum requirements for inventories, management plans and billing in relation to public lighting.

      Go to NSW Public Lighting Code

    • Electricity market operations rules

      Read about the electricity market operations rule currently administered by NSW Department of Industry under the Electricity Supply Act 1995.

      Go to Electricity market operations rules

    • Consultation on network billing procedures
    • Regulatory changes under the Electricity Supply Act 1995

      Read regulatory impact statements about updates to the Electricity Supply (Safety and Network Management) Regulation 2014 and Electricity Supply (General) Regulation 2014.

      Go to Regulatory changes under the Electricity Supply Act 1995