Energy Security Board - Ministerial Power to make Rules

Introducing a Ministerial Power to make rules recommended by the Energy Security Board and approved by the COAG Energy Council.

13th Energy Council Ministerial Meeting (via TelePresence)

Energy Ministers today agreed their advice to the Council of Australian Governments on the implementation for the 49 of 50 recommendations agreed by the Energy Council at its meeting of 14 July 2017. The report forms the first annual report to COAG Leaders, due by the end of August, on the Energy Council's priorities.

For more information on the meeting, please click on the Media Release below.

Establishment of the Energy Security Board

The Energy Security Board (ESB) was established by the COAG Energy Council (the Council) to coordinate the implementation of the reform blueprint produced by Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel.

Energy Market Transformation Bulletin No 05 – Work Program Update


The energy sector is undergoing a major transition, driven by changing technologies, increasing consumer engagement, new energy products and services. A key challenge of the transition is that existing regulatory frameworks were designed around a centralized system of electricity generation and distribution, and we are seeing a shift to a more decentralized one.

12th Energy Council Meeting Communique (includes 11th Meeting Communique)

The 12th COAG Energy Council meeting was held on 14 July 2017 in Brisbane.

Energy Market Governance Reforms Bulletin No. 1 - AEMC Establishment (Governance) Amendment Bill 2017


In December 2014, the Energy Council initiated a Review of Governance Arrangements for the Australian Energy Markets (the Review) to consider the structure, scope and mandate of the three energy market bodies and the role, operation and responsibilities of the Energy Council.

Energy Market Transformation Bulletin No 04 – National Battery Storage Register Consultation


At the 14 December 2016 COAG Energy Council meeting, Ministers agreed in principle to develop a national energy storage register subject to a cost-benefit analysis. The purpose of such a register would be to enhance power system and network security, and protect the safety of consumers, line workers and installers. This decision to undertake a cost-benefit analysis came after a consultation process that began in August 2016.

10th Energy Council Meeting Communique

Energy Ministers met to discuss their top priority of ensuring the security, affordability and sustainability of the National Electricity Market over the short, medium and long term.

9th COAG Energy Council Meeting Communique

Energy Ministers met via TelePresence today for the ninth COAG Energy Council Meeting.

Key items for discussion included:

  • Recent load shedding events in SA and NSW
  • Additional measures to strengthen the National Electricity Market
  • The implementation of Gas Market Reform measures
  • Progress of amendments to the Limited Merits Review regime
  • Appointments to Energy Market Institutions

Please click on the Communique below for further information.

Energy Market Transformation Bulletin No 03 – Work Program Update

The energy sector is undergoing a major transition, driven by changing technologies, increasing consumer engagement, new business models and climate change policies.

The Energy Council seeks to support the development of competitive electricity markets with low barriers to entry, which foster innovation, customer choice and support the delivery of efficient services that serve the long-term interests of consumers.


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