Electricity Act 1994 - Queensland

Service summary

The Act sets a regulatory framework for electricity industry participants that promotes efficient, economical and environmentally sound electricity supply and use and establishes a competitive electricity market in line with national reforms.

The Act provides for a system of authorisations of entities which may be involved in electricity generation, transmission, distribution and retail (sale).

It sets out the conditions under which these entities operate and provides a framework for a competitive electricity market.

The Act regulates the operations of the industry and, for that purpose, gives certain powers to the Regulator and to authorised persons.

Commercial, technical and environmental obligations and considerations relating to the supply and use of electricity are also provided for in the legislation, including obligations in relation to energy efficiency and performance of electrical equipment.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Electricity Regulation 2006

The following Guides or Booklets are available:

  • The National Electricity Rules which govern the competitive National Electricity Market are available from the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC).

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms

The Regulator

The Director General, Department of Energy and Water Supply (refer to section 62 of the Electricity Act 1994).

Other resources

Additional information

Government owned electricity entities are established under the Government Owned Corporations Act 1993 which also sets out some of the functions, powers and obligations of these corporations in addition to the provisions in the Electricity Act 1994.


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties

Offences against the Act may result in suspension or cancellation of authorities, imposition of fines, or in certain cases, a term of imprisonment.

Authorised officers have investigative powers under the Act including powers of entry, search and seizure of evidence under the authority of a warrant issued by a Magistrate.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms

The Regulator has a reviewing function on certain decisions.

The Act provides for appeals against administrative decisions to the appropriate court.

Appeal to a higher court may only be on a point of law.

Administering agency

Department of Energy and Water Supply
Energy Sector Regulation

Contact details

Energy Networks and Regulation
Department of Energy and Water Supply
Energy Sector Regulation

Operating address:
Energy Networks and Regulation
Level 3, 41 George Street
BRISBANE Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
PO Box 15456
City East
Queensland 4002


13 43 87

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