The almost weekly major energy policy announcements by State and Commonwealth Governments in recent times brings to mind the old cliche of never letting a good (energy) crisis go to waste. Sadly, the lack of national direction and various recent uncoordinated Government policy announcements to address short term political problems could be laying the groundwork […]
In recent months, Australia’s two major stevedores have announced increased fees for truck and rail operators accessing major city container port terminals. Such charges have become a regular feature in the Australian stevedoring landscape, much to the ire of land-side operators and other stakeholders. Where state governments have previously failed to show leadership to encourage […]
In partnership with Synergies Economic Consulting, ACRI formally released the results of its rail industry survey. The survey was the first of its kind to gather feedback on the opportunities and challenges facing the industry. Download the survey here or from the ACRI website
The South Australian state wide power outage in September has refocussed the light on clean energy policy and the safety and security of our power system. State and Federal Governments have subsequently taken positive steps to set green goals while encouraging new investment opportunities.
At the beginning of 2016, headline figures suggested our economy was growing at a steady pace. Yet the income and wellbeing of Australians was far from rosy – we were in an income recession as deep as the one we experienced in the early 1990s recession. Almost twelve months on, the latest figures show that […]
This policy update provides a brief and general review of the most recent policies, strategies and initiatives announced in the lead up to the Federal election. A central role for Government is to set the policy framework for its constituents. This is not an easy task, especially if we take into account the constrained timelines […]
Victoria will be implementing a new water pricing framework for the next regulatory price review in 2018. The framework will apply to 16 of the State’s urban water businesses and Southern Rural Water. This briefing note summarises the impetus for the new framework, its key features and draws attention to elements that have been modified, refined […]
Official figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that we are finally beginning to recover from the downturn following the end of the mining investment boom. GDP in the June quarter…
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council met on 19 August 2016 with the discussions focusing on the transformation of the gas and electricity markets and the associated challenges, including the recent energy supply problems in South Australia. The meeting identified a number of significant policy issues facing the energy sector, with the Senior […]
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has released its Draft Ring-fencing Guideline (the Draft Guideline) and explanatory statement. The new guideline will apply to all electricity Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) across the National Electricity Market (NEM) in terms of their engagement in emerging contestable energy markets.