Terms of Reference

That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee into Fair Dinkum Power, be established on 28 November 2018, to inquire into and report on 30 June 2019, on the following matters:

  1. the potential for empowering energy consumers to play a more important role in the National Electricity Market, through providing diverse services in:
    1. energy generation,
    2. demand response and energy efficiency,
    3. grid stability and reliability services,
    4. alternatives to conventional network investment, and
    5. peer-to-peer trading between households and businesses;
  2. the potential for these services to deliver lower energy costs and increased energy reliability;
  3. the changing role of retailers in the National Electricity Market in light of the growing empowerment of consumers;
  4. the impacts of privatisation;
  5. regulatory reforms which would empower energy consumers, including the following key groups:
    1. households, including low income households and renters,
    2. farms,
    3. small businesses, and
    4. major energy users;
  6. the likely long-term impacts, including to emissions, reliability and stability, of energy consumers playing a larger role; and
  7. any other related matters.

The resolution establishing the Committee is available in the Journals of the Senate of 14 November 2018.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: 02 6277 3530
Fax: 02 6277 5809