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ESCOSA’s Small-scale Network Inquiry - Circular 25.10

To Chief Executive Officer
Corporate Services Staff
Environmental Health Staff
Finance and Accounting Staff
Governance Officers
Information - Engineering Staff
Policy and Strategic Planning Staff
Recycling - Waste Management
Date 19 June 2019
Contact Rebecca Muller
Response Required Yes Respond By 19 July 2019
Summary The Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) has released a Framework and approach paper in relation to its inquiry into the way in which it regulates small-scale utility operations. Councils who offer a retail water or wastewater service to the community (particularly those licensed under the Water Industry Act 2012) and/or have current interests in off-grid and electricity and gas services, are encouraged to participate.

The Small-Scale Networks Inquiry has been established to determine the most appropriate future regulatory framework, to be administered by ESCOSA, to cover the services South Australian customers receive from service providers of water and/or sewerage networks, off-grid electricity, and reticulated liquid petroleum gas (LPG) networks.

ESCOSA has released two documents in relation to this inquiry:

  • Framework and approach paper, which has been informed by submissions received in response to an earlier Issues Paper (released in 2016) which sought information regarding the regulation of small-scale networks. The Framework and approach paper provides alternative approaches the Commission is actively considering and seeking stakeholder views on
  • Response to Issues Paper Submissions report.

Written submissions to ESCOSA on the Framework and approach paper are due by Friday, 9 August 2019.

Further details and copies of the Responses to Issues Paper Submissions report and the Framework and approach paper can be found on ESCOSA’s website:


The LGA will consider the preparation of a sector-wide submission based on members’ feedback and requests that councils send a copy of any individual submissions to the LGA to assist in this regard. Alternatively, councils are invited to contact Rebecca Muller, Senior Policy Officer with any key issues that could be raised in a submission.

Comments or copies of submissions can be sent to Rebecca Muller, Senior Policy Officer at by 19 July 2019.

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