Trial Legislation In Force: Applications And Pre-Meetings Welcome - 22 December 2022
I've identified a regulatory barrier, what next?
If you have already identified the regulatory barriers preventing your product or service from entering the market, and you are ready to launch, you can now apply through our secure portal for relief from regulatory barriers posed by national energy frameworks through a trial waiver
The Regulatory Sandboxing trial waiver function allows the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) to grant a time limited trial waiver for eligible trial projects, exempting an innovator from having to comply with specified rules for a period of time to allow a trial to proceed. The Victorian Regulatory Sandboxing trial waiver function allows Essential Services Commission (ESC) to issue trial waivers providing time limited relief from Victorian energy frameworks. For more information, please see our trials page and the AER's Trial Projects Guidelines.
or a trial rule change
Regulatory Sandboxing legislation will provide the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) with a new power to make temporary rule changes to allow trials to proceed. This could be used to temporarily amend existing rules or to temporarily introduce a new rule of limited application. In deciding whether to make a trial rule, the AEMC must take into account the list of principles established in the Regulatory Sandboxing innovative trial principles, and the requirements listed in the Regulatory Sandboxing eligibility requirements, to determine whether a proposed trial rule is genuinely innovative. For more information about the innovative trial principles and eligibility requirements as they apply under the Energy Rules to both trial rule changes and trial waiver requests, please see the Australian Energy Regulator's Trial Projects Guidelines.
. You can read more about this on our trials page.
Can I talk to someone first?
We encourage all trial applicants to reach out to discuss your proposal with our team before you lodge a formal application. This helps us to prepare and provides you with tailored information about our processes and how your application might progress. By speaking with us first you can expect a more streamlined experience and a contact person from the start.
What if I'm not sure about regulatory barriers?
If your product or idea is developing but not quite ready to launch, then you can reach out to discuss your proposal, or apply for free guidance from our Innovation Enquiry Service while you develop it.