Our plan and future priorities
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A brief history of the Commission
Since its establishment in 1996, the Commission and its predecessors have worked to promote the well-being of the ACT community through its regulatory and consumer protection activities and advice to the ACT Government on a wide range of matters.
The Commission’s responsibilities and activities have changed over time, reflecting the Government’s priorities, consumer expectations and industry conditions.
The Commission has set regulated prices for: electricity (since 1997), water and sewerage services (since 1997), bus fares (1999-2007), and taxi fares (2000-2007). In determining regulated prices, the Commission balances economic efficiency and social and environmental considerations, with its overarching objective being to set regulated prices that are in the long-term interests of ACT consumers. In short, this means that prices are set to reflect the efficient and prudent costs of supplying the services.
Since 2000, the Commission has been responsible for licensing energy service providers operating in the ACT and the ACT’s water and sewerage service provider and for making utility industry codes that establish consumer protections and implement regulations that promote the quality, safety, reliability and security of essential services.
Over its history, the Commission has provided advice to the Government on a wide range of industry matters, including: milk pricing; petrol prices and competition in the ACT petrol market; gas pricing; the water abstraction charge; wheelchair accessible taxi licence allocations; the ACT racing industry; ambulance service charges; competition in the ACT supermarket industry; secondary water use; the costs of the Cotter Dam enlargement; and price and competition impacts of the Container Deposit Scheme.
In addition, the Commission has provided advice and information to the ACT Government in relation to climate change policies and programs, reported on performance in achieving greenhouse gas reductions, and has had various roles in relation to the electricity feed-in arrangements.
The Commission has also assessed competitive neutrality concerns and access arrangements. In doing this work, the Commission’s aims are to promote effective competition in the interests of consumers and ensure non-discriminatory access to monopoly and near-monopoly infrastructure.
Documents relating to the Commission current and completed projects are available on our website.
How to contact us
Correspondence or other inquiries may be directed to: