Reform of the NT Electricity Supply Industry

In April 2000, the Northern Territory Government commenced a process of reforming the Territory’s electricity supply industry, through ceasing Power and Water Corporation’s effective monopoly over supply of electricity to final consumers and phasing in competition among generators and retailers in the electricity supply industry. Various measures include: 

  • allowing certain customers to choose their power supplier;
  • licensing new suppliers to enter the market;
  • facilitating third-party access to Power and Water Corporation's network infrastructure; and
  • an overview of Proposed Market and Regulatory Arrangements

The electricity supply industry is governed by various legislation administered by the Utilities Commission, including the Utilities Commission Act, Electricity Reform Act, and Electricity Networks (Third Party Access) Act.

As part of the NT Government’s Electricity Market Reform program, responsibility for network price regulation and oversight of network access in accordance with the Electricity Networks (Third Party Access) Act and Code has been transferred to the Australian Energy Regulator with effect from 1 July 2015.

Electricity regulation is divided into five categories: