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The Minister for Resources and Energy issues licences for the transmission and distribution of electricity in NSW.  These licences are subject to standard conditions covering matters such as consumer protection and network reliability. The licensed distribution network services providers are Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy, and the licensed transmission service provider is TransGrid.

IPART administers the licensing regime on behalf of the Minister for Resources and Energy (the Minister). It advises the Minister on:

  • action to be taken for a contravention of licence conditions
  • any remedial action that may be warranted as a result of a contravention of licence conditions
  • licensing fees.

IPART may also impose monetary and non-monetary penalties and take other action it considers appropriate against licensees for contravention of licence conditions.


We were asked by the NSW Government to review annual licence fees charged to the licensed electricity network operators in NSW.  This has now been completed and IPART has made its recommendations for fees to be charged in 2016-17 to the Minister. Fees are determined annually.  Our final report includes the recommended fees and explains our methodology.

Development of the methodology

During April and May 2016, we reviewed our Licence fees by releasing a Draft Report and seeking comments, see submissions received below. 

This process has concluded.

10 May 2016 - Ausgrid - W16/2283 - T.Armstrong
24 May 2016 - 
Essential Energy - W16/2281 - G. Humphreys (Please note subsequent information and a correction to this submission was provided on 2 June 2016).
13 May 2016 - 
TransGrid - W16/2280 - P. Italiano
13 May 2016 - Endeavour Energy - W16/2282 - R. Howard


From 1 July 2013 the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) rather than IPART is responsible for administering electricity retailer authorisations.  A person must hold a retailer's authorisation issued by the AER prior to engaging in the retail sale of energy (electricity or gas) in NSW (unless exempt from the requirement)

For further information please follow this link to the AER's Public Register of Authorised Retailers and Authorisation Applications (opens in a new window)  or email the AER at:


For further information or other enquiries, please contact Christine Allen, Director, at or on (02) 9290 8412.

Licence Conditions and Regulatory Instruments
Licence Compliance
Performance Statistics
Licensing Fees
Technical & Safety Regulation

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