Technical regulation of utilities is about regulating how utility networks are operated and maintained. It is intended to protect the serviceability of those networks in the long-term, i.e. the safe and effective long-term management of the infrastructure for delivering essential utility services (electricity, gas, water, and sewerage) to the ACT community. The obligations under those codes, relate to:
- the quality of the supplied services;
- the standards to which the networks are being constructed or maintained;
- the conditions under which a utility provides a new or resized connection to its network including temporary connections;
- who is authorised to work on connections to the network;
- the preparedness for and handling of emergency situations; and
- a utility’s meters.
Technical codes are determined by the Minister for the Environment under the Utilities (Technical Regulation) Act 2014.