Energy industry levy
The Energy Industry Levy is used to recover the costs of regulating utilities and is applied to four energy sectors:
- electricity distribution;
- electricity supply;
- gas distribution; and
- gas supply.
Energy utilities providing services in the ACT are required to register with the Commissioner for ACT Revenue. This must be done within 90 days after commencing the provision of services.
ACT regulatory costs are determined each year and apportioned between the four energy sectors. The fixed and variable amounts vary according to the reference year and sector type. These amounts are displayed in the online return form.
Lodgment of returns
Registered utilities are required to lodge annual returns. Annual returns for each year must be lodged with the Commissioner by 31 October in the same financial year. Use the Online Energy Industry Levy Return to lodge the annual return and make payment by EFT or BPay.
Investigation of the Energy Industry Levy
The ACT Government is currently undertaking an investigation of the Energy Industry Levy. The investigation will examine the methodology used to distribute the total regulatory costs between operators, to ensure it promotes an equitable distribution and supports a competitive energy market in the ACT. Further details of this investigation, including a discussion paper released on 18 December 2015 to facilitate consultation, can be found at the following link: www.act.gov.au/energyindustrylevy.
- Application for energy utility registration (external site)
- Online Energy Levy Return (external site)
- Determination of national regulatory obligations and costs (external site)
- Determination of the number of utilities and regulatory costs (external site)
- Determination of local regulatory costs (external site)
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