Australian Energy Regulator
Agency overview
FormedJuly 2005
Agency executive
  • Elizabeth Develin, Chief Executive
Parent agencyAustralian Competition & Consumer Commission

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is the regulator of the wholesale electricity and gas markets in Australia. It is part of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and enforces the rules established by the Australian Energy Market Commission.

The AER was established in July 2005. The next year all 13 bodies previously responsible for energy regulation had transferred responsibility to the AER.[2] Decisions made by the regulator are subject to appeal.


The AER's current functions are focused on regulating the natural monopoly transmission and distribution sectors of the national electricity market, monitoring the wholesale electricity market and enforcing electricity market rules. The AER's regulatory functions and powers are conferred upon it by the national electricity law and the national electricity rules.

Under the national electricity law and national electricity rules, the AER's key responsibilities at the present time include:


The AER board currently has five members who are statutory appointments. Part IIIAA of the Competition and Consumer Act provides that two of the members of the AER must be chosen by the Commonwealth, with three of the members chosen by the States and Territories.

Clare Savage is the chair of the AER, and Jim Cox is the deputy chair. The remaining members are Eric Groom, Catriona Lowe and Justin Oliver. The chief executive officer of the AER is Elizabeth Develin.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Australian Energy Regulator (7 October 2016). Australian Energy Regulator Annual Report 2015-16 (PDF) (Report). ISBN 9781922145635.
  2. ^ "Australia: Energy profile". Energy Publisher. EnerPub. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  3. ^ "The Board". 5 February 2015.