The Utilities Commission of the Northern Territory is the independent industry regulator, established to oversee those industries declared to be regulated industries. The Commission is responsible for the promotion and safeguard of competition and fair and efficient market conduct or, in the absence of a competitive market, the simulation of competitive market conduct and the prevention of the misuse of monopoly power.

While the Commission has been established as a separate administrative unit within the Department of Treasury and Finance (NT), it has specific statutory powers and undertakes its considerations independently from NT Treasury and Finance.

The Commission was established on 17 March 2000 under the Utilities Commission Act as part of wider reforms by the Northern Territory Government to create an economic regulatory framework for regulated industries. The object of the Act is to create an economic regulatory framework for regulated industries that promotes and safeguards competition and fair and efficient market conduct or, in the absence of a competitive market, that promotes the simulation of competitive market conduct and the prevention of the misuse of monopoly power.

The Commission is a body corporate, constituted by the Utilities Commissioner and any Associate Commissioners, and has functions and powers for the economic regulation of electricity supply, water supply and sewerage services, and declared ports in the Territory in relevant industry specific legislation. The Commission also provides advice to the Minister on regulatory matters.

Dr Pat Walsh is the (part-time) Utilities Commissioner.

The Commission is supported by the staff in the Office of the Commission seconded from NT Treasury and Finance. The Commission also engages the services of consultants as needed.

Commissioners 

Dr Pat Walsh was appointed as the (part-time) Utilities Commissioner on 28 October 2011. Dr Walsh also serves as the Chairperson of the Essential Services Commission of South Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy and has professional affiliations with the Institute of Public Administration Australia, the Association of Business Economists, the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society (of which he was formerly the national Vice Chairman) and the Australian Conservation Foundation. Dr Walsh has held a number senior positions in the energy regulation and reform area for some time.