The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has implemented and enforces a national Ring-fencing Guideline (Guideline) to promote competition in the electricity services market. The Guideline prevents Ausgrid, and all other Distribution Network Service Providers, from offering contestable electricity services that can be performed by any qualified electrical contractor.
Ausgrid is committed to ensuring it fully complies with the Guideline. This means Ausgrid is prohibited to provide some electrical services such as upgrades and repairs within a customer’s property. However, some exceptions apply such as for life support customers or for minor repair/restoration services.
Customers will need to will make their own arrangements for services that are not offered by Ausgrid by engaging a suitably qualified electrical contractor.
If you need an Accredited Service Provider (ASP) Level 1/2/3 to perform electrical services you can find a full list of ASPs at the NSW Energy website.
Ausgrid can continue to restore power to registered life support customers reliant on life support equipment. Ausgrid’s values around customer care and safety have lead to the implementation of a vulnerable customer protocol which is triggered when a customer, who meets the strict vulnerability criteria has lost supply, and it has been assessed they will suffer further hardship and/or health and safety risks if supply isn’t restored immediately. Under such circumstances Ausgrid will carry out the necessary restoration work at no cost to the customer.
The ring-fencing Guideline requires DNSPs to submit to the AER annual reports outlining compliance efforts to meet ring-fencing obligations each regulatory year. Download the 2019/20 Ausgrid Ring-fencing Compliance Report
Read the waiver application here.