Review of Limited Merits Review Regime: Consultation Paper

Publication date: Tuesday, 06th September 2016.

At its 19 August 2016 meeting the Energy Council tasked the Council’s Senior Committee of Officials with undertaking a review of the Limited Merits Review (LMR) regime by December 2016.

LMR allows parties affected by Australian Energy Regulator decisions to have the decisions reviewed by the Australian Competition Tribunal where it can be established that there are grounds for this to occur; for example, regulatory errors and that addressing them would result in a materially preferable decision.

The Review will assess the effectiveness of the merits review regime, including the role of the Tribunal, under the National Electricity Law and National Gas Law. Officials will consider options for reform of the LMR regime that will best advance the interests of consumers.

As part of the public consultation for the review, consumers, network service providers and other interested stakeholders were invited to submit written feedback by 3 October 2016 and a public consultation session was held in Melbourne on 21 September 2016.

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For additional information refer to the Limited Merits Review Terms of Reference.


All stakeholder submissions received in response to this consultation process are available below, excluding where stakeholders clearly indicated that a submission should remain confidential, either in whole or in part.

Submissions were received by the following stakeholders, on a confidential basis:

  • ANZ
  • Lazard Asset Management
  • Queensland Investment Corporation


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File LMR Review Consultation Paper257.02 KB
PDF icon LMR_Review_Consultation_Paper.pdf507.54 KB
PDF icon AER response to LMR Review.pdf1.25 MB
PDF icon APA Group response to LMR Review.pdf325.48 KB
PDF icon APGA response to LMR Review.pdf904.1 KB
PDF icon ATCO Australia response to LMR Review.pdf1.46 MB
PDF icon Aurizon response to LMR Review.pdf2.11 MB
PDF icon AusGrid response to LMR Review.pdf936.61 KB
PDF icon AusNet Services response to LMR Review.pdf4.65 MB
PDF icon Business Council of Australia response to LMR Review.pdf159.74 KB
PDF icon Commercial Bar Association response to LMR Review.pdf1.88 MB
PDF icon Commonwealth Bank of Australia. response to LMR Review.pdf271.61 KB
PDF icon Consumer Action Law Centre response to LMR Review.pdf86.13 KB
PDF icon DUET Group response to LMR Review.pdf1.94 MB
PDF icon ECA response to LMR Review.pdf406.52 KB
PDF icon Electricial Trades Union of Australia response to LMR Review.pdf409.42 KB
PDF icon ENA response to LMR Review.pdf2.95 MB
PDF icon Endeavour Energy response to LMR Review.pdf41.28 KB
PDF icon Energy Australia response to LMR Review.pdf178.96 KB
PDF icon Energy Policy Institute of Australia response to LMR Review.pdf186.23 KB
PDF icon ERA WA response to LMR Review.pdf511.89 KB
PDF icon EUAA response to LMR Review.pdf277.04 KB
PDF icon Hastings response to LMR Review.pdf62.7 KB
PDF icon Houston et al. response to LMR Review.pdf631.54 KB
PDF icon Infrastructure Partnerships Australia response to LMR Review.pdf639.13 KB
PDF icon IPART response to LMR Review.pdf463.74 KB
PDF icon Jemena response to LMR Review.pdf97.94 KB
PDF icon Major Energy Users response to LMR Review.pdf212.32 KB
PDF icon National Irrigators' Council response to LMR Review.pdf296.45 KB
PDF icon NSWIC and Cotton Australia response to LMR Review.pdf419.18 KB
PDF icon PIAC respone to LMR Review.pdf683.45 KB
PDF icon Power Assets Holdings response to LMR Review.pdf1.09 MB
PDF icon Queensland Electricity Users Network response to LMR Review.pdf566.6 KB
PDF icon SA Power Networks response to LMR Review.pdf483.5 KB
PDF icon SA Power Networks supplementary response to the LMR Review.pdf8.37 MB
PDF icon Spark Infrastructure response to LMR Review.pdf485.83 KB
PDF icon TasCOSS response to LMR Review.pdf422.75 KB
PDF icon TransGrid response to LMR Review.pdf479.99 KB
PDF icon Westpac response to LMR Review.pdf213.88 KB


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