Audit and compliance

The Administrator of the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012 (the Act) is responsible for EEIS enforcement. Energy retailers have obligations under the Act, and are subject to various forms of audit. This page gives an overview of the enforcement activities conducted under EEIS.

Compliance Plan

Section 17 of the Act requires a National Energy Market Law (NERL) retailer to give a compliance plan to the administrator before undertaking eligible activities. Section 17 also makes it an offence not to give a compliance plan.

The compliance plan must set out:

* how the retailer plans to achieve its energy savings obligation and priority household obligation (if required);

* how the retailer plans to meet health, safety and environmental requirements relating to eligible activities; and

* any other information required under an approved code of practice.

Details about the contents of a Compliance Plan are in Part 4 of the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement (Record Keeping and Reporting) Code of Practice.

Compliance period report

Section 19 of the Act requires energy retailers to provide the Administrator with a compliance period report within three months of the end of each compliance period (calendar year). Reports are not required for retailers who did not have electricity sales, undertake eligible activities, acquire abatement factors or carry forward any shortfalls or surpluses. Section 19 also details what a compliance period report must include and makes it an offence not to provide a report.

Audit procedures

The EEIS Procedure  for compliance period auditing outlines the approach taken to ensure compliance. The ACT procedures are similar to those used in NSW for the Energy Savings Scheme.