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Trials provide a structured framework for innovative products and services to be tested in a real-world environment while still protecting consumers. Using trial waivers and time-limited rule changes, trial projects provide proponents with evidence on the feasibility of new business models. Evidence from successful or positive trials may in turn inform future regulatory change.

About Regulatory Sandboxing

A Regulatory Sandboxing trial temporarily removes or amends an energy regulatory barrier, allowing an innovative business model to be tested that would normally be unable to proceed under current frameworks. The outcomes of trials provide evidence for proponents and policy makers on how new regulatory settings could function in a real-world environment. 

Register of current trials

The AER is required to establish, maintain and publish a register of all trial waiver certificates.

There are currently no trial waivers underway
The AER will publish a register once there is a waiver in operation.