Energy regulation in Australia, cooperative federalism and unilateralism

Presented by the Australian-German Climate and Energy College.


Speaker: Raif Sarcich
Date and time: Wednesday 19 April, 11am-12pm
Venue: LAB-14, 700 Swanston St, Carlton
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Since the State and Federal governments committed themselves to building a national electricity grid in 1991, and industry restructuring began to introduce competition, the regulation of the energy sector in Australia has moved from being a matter of state managerial control to a national problem of how to regulate a complex and diverse industry that must operate a single system reliably and efficiently. To do this, a set of national institutions and laws has been established under the Council of Australian Governments. This seminar outlines the development of this system, what it has achieved, and what is challenging in the 21st century.

About the speaker:
Raif Sarcich is an Australian professional public servant, with over 15 years experience in policy and regulatory roles pertaining to energy systems, markets and resources. Raif graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2000 with a BA(Hons) in political science. Upon graduation, Raif worked for the Western Australian Government in upstream energy resources. Since then he has worked for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in energy network regulation from 2004-2007, and for the Victorian Government since 2007 on national energy market reform processes. Raif’s interest is in policy formation and reform within federal political systems, and he hopes to contribute to understanding of how energy market policy can be developed in the public interest to meet the challenges of the 21st century.