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Empowering consumers in energy network regulation (Workshops)

Every four years, the AER consults with consumers, energy businesses, investors and other stakeholders on how it should:

  • decide the expected cost of investment funds for energy network businesses.
  • assess efficient levels of energy consumption.

The AER has outlined the steps it will take to deliver its next decision on this in 2022. The decision will be known as the 2022 Rate of Return Instrument.

What does this mean for consumers?

The decision on the Rate of Return can have a major impact on energy prices. It can also have an impact on whether prices remain stable or volatile.

Want to learn more?

The Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) Consumer Reference Group (CRG) is holding a Masterclass to provide consumer advocates with a high-level overview of the Rate of Return. The aim of this session is to empower participants to fully participate in Rate of Return discussions.

The CRG is also working with the AER to hold a second Masterclass. In this Masterclass, the AER will dive more deeply into the Rate of Return concepts.

Both sessions will allow plenty of time for questions and discussion.


Tuesday 19 October, 2-4.30pm AEST [CRG session]

Thursday 4 November, 10-12.30pm AEST [AER session]

How to register:

Please send an email to to register for these sessions. Please provide details of which session/s you will attend.

If you would like more information, please contact Ms Jo De Silva 0406 950 726 or send an email to Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested in participating.


Hi @allan.asher51, it might be worth indicating where and how the Masterclasses will be held. Are they in person at particular venues (AER offices or in a capital city near you) or an online forum (say due to Covid)?


For any further information can I invite you to please contact Ms Jo De Silva 0406 950 726 or send an email to

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