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'Regulating disruption'

Conference dates

Thursday 1 and Friday 2 August, Sofitel Brisbane Central.

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Draft program

Day 1

Times Session details


Opening address

Gina Cass-Gottlieb, ACCC Chair


Regulating for resilience

Exploring the extent to which risks posed by climate change, cyber-attacks and disruptions to global supply chains should impact the way in which critical infrastructure (the power system, water and telecommunications) is regulated


‘Move fast and fix markets’ – developments in digital markets in Europe and lessons for Australia

Keynote address by Professor Tommaso Valletti with Q&A


What is the role of competition in the energy transition?

With heightened government involvement in markets to facilitate the energy transition, coupled with the urgent need to decarbonise our very carbon-intensive economy, what’s the role of competition in the energy transition?


‘Computers talking to computers’: The use of AI on both sides of the regulatory ledger

How businesses and regulators alike are using AI now and into the future, and how we ensure those uses are accountable, explainable and lawful.


Regulating for disruptive telecommunications technologies

The delivery of telecommunications services is rapidly evolving, so how do regulators account for these new technologies?


Positioning water infrastructure to manage an uncertain future

Investment in water infrastructure will support water security, the net zero transition and climate resilience. The panel will consider the risks and opportunities presented by the National Water Reform agenda, as governments refresh their policy and regulatory frameworks.


Networking drinks and conference dinner

Welcome from Anthea Harris, AER CEO

Day 2

Times Session details
9am – 1pm

Electrification and the disruption to domestic gas markets

What is the implication of increased electrification on the sustainability of the gas market domestically and internationally, as well as for consumers?


In conversation with Professor Sir Dieter Helm: an exclusive pre-recorded interview

The ACCC’s Angela Woo speaks to Dieter Helm about whether regulators are fit for purpose, regulatory activism and his recently published article Legacy: How to build the sustainable economy.


Designing flexible and enforceable regulatory frameworks in a rapidly changing landscape

The challenges and opportunities presented by the complexities of new and emerging legislative frameworks.


The Great Debate

The famous Regulatory Conference debate returns, moderated by Justin Oliver, AER Board Member


Closing address

Clare Savage, AER Chair

1pm Conference close and networking lunch

Confirmed speakers

Speakers for the 2024 ACCC/AER Regulatory Conference include:

  • Creina Chapman, Australian Communications and Media Authority
  • Joanne Chong, Productivity Commission
  • Catherine Dermody, Counsel
  • Tristan Gilbertson, New Zealand Commerce Commission
  • Nicola Hepenstall, The Insight Centre
  • Tim Jordan, Australian Energy Market Commission
  • Deniz Kayis, Australian Government Solicitor
  • Meredith Leigh, First Parliamentary Counsel
  • Hon John Middleton AM KC
  • Dr Rob Nicholls, University of Sydney
  • Dr Jennifer Potter, Strategen
  • Geoff Purvis-Smith, Australian Energy Regulator
  • Dr Kerry Schott AO
  • Evette Smeathers, Horizon Power
  • Professor Tommaso Valletti
  • Professor Kimberlee Weatherall, University of Sydney
  • Stuart Wilson, Water Services Association of Australia
  • Tony Wood AM, Grattan Institute
  • Dr Liming Zhu, CSIRO Data61
  • and Professor Sir Dieter Helm in an exclusive pre-recorded interview.

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