In 2015 UnitingCare Australia released a high level report entitled “Changing the DNA of Network Tariff Setting in Australia.” The following extract is a summary of the thinking presented:
Existing processes have not always delivered the best outcomes for consumers, notwithstanding considerable improvements. Uniting Communities proposes a significant cultural shift from current arrangements for regulatory determination. Under the current model, networks put a price and revenue proposal to the Regulator, and then defend that proposal during the Australian Energy Regulator’s deliberations.

The key argument for deliberation was for the use of extended processes like citizens juries, where citizens without direct involvement with the energy industry, could be selected to contribute strong consumer perspectives to complex energy issues.

This handbook explores recent developments, topics for consideration, next steps, and a reflection of what we have learnt.

See the full handbook here: LDNA Consumer Advocates Hbook