Licence Fees and the Energy Industry Levy


Utility Licence Fees

For the 2016-17 financial year, annual licence fees have again been determined for utilities providing water and sewerage services and for gas transmission services. The determination is available at:


Utilities Licence Fee Guideline

The Commission has produced guidelines on the licence fee administration process for both utilities and regulators. The guidelines aim to assist the utilities and regulators in streamlining the annual processes. The guidelines are available for download below:

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Annual utility licence fee guideline - regulator PDF586 KB13/01/2017
Annual utility licence fee - utility PDF570 KB13/01/2017

Energy Industry Levy

In May 2007, the Utilities Act was amended to provide for an energy industry levy to recover the amount of the Territory’s national and local regulatory costs in relation to energy industry sectors.  Part 3A (Energy Industry Levy) commenced on 1 July 2007 and provides for the making of three determinations by the appointed Levy Administrator, currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission.

The national regulatory cost is the amount determined to be the cost to the Territory of meeting its national regulatory obligations under the Australian Energy Market Agreement (AEMA) in relation to the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and the Ministerial Council on Energy’s responsibilities under the AEMA.  Local regulatory costs are currently determined to be those incurred by the Commission, the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT), and the technical regulator in the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate (ESDD).

Levy determinations are made for both national and local regulatory costs for prescribed energy utility sectors; namely electricity distribution and supply and gas distribution and supply. Utilities and NERL retailers which provided an energy utility service between 1 July and 15 September of the energy levy year or at any time during the previous levy year may be subject to the levy and must lodge a return with the commissioner of revenue by 31 October in the relevant year.

Current annual energy levy determinations are available below:

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Utilities (Energy industry levy – local regulatory costs) Determination 2016LINK--
Utilities (Energy industry levy – national regulatory obligations and costs) Determination 2016LINK--
Utilities (Energy industry levy – other) Determination 2016LINK--

Energy Industry Levy Practice Note

The Commission has produced an energy industry levy practice note on the levy administration process.  The practice note aims to assist the utilities and regulators in streamlining the annual processes. The practice note is available for download below:

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Energy Industry Levy Practice NotePDF361 KB17/01/2017