ACCC releases final determination on amended National Electricity Code

24 December 1999

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its final determination on the amended National Electricity Code.

The determination pertains to the Code in its entirety, although much of the analysis has been limited to proposed amendments to the Code and any further issues raised by interested parties.

Among the issues discussed in the determination are:

  • amendments to the Code relating to market arrangements, including changes to the prudential requirements and transitional ancillary services arrangements;
  • changes to reflect variations contained in the National Electricity Market Access Code;
  • transitional derogations from South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales; and demand side participation in the National Electricity Market (NEM).

"The ACCC has largely accepted the amended Code as proposed by the National Electricity Code Administrator and the National Electricity Market Management Company," ACCC Chairman, Professor Allan Fels, said today.

"However, the determination also sets out a number of conditions of authorisation, amending the proposed Code changes. These conditions deal mainly with the transitional arrangements, such as the South Australian system planning and network pricing derogations, some elements of the market rules, and administrative provisions.

"The ACCC also believes that it is proper that end users have an effective voice to participate in NEC developments. Therefore, the ACCC has imposed conditions to encourage more end user involvement in Code decision making."

Copies of the ACCC's final determination are available on the ACCC web site: or from Ms Maxine Helmling on telephone (02) 6243 1246.

Release number: 
MR 257/99
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