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.

Levy amount

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.

Lodgement 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 has completed its investigation of the ACT Energy Industry Levy (EIL). This levy is paid by energy operators to the ACT Government to cover regulatory costs associated with the energy industry sector. The investigation examined 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 the final report and technical report for the investigation, can be found at the following link:

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