Pursuant to the Queensland Government Guide to Better Regulation, once the release of a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS), a Decision RIS or a Post-Implementation Review (PIR) has been approved by the relevant portfolio Minister or Cabinet, the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) will publish the document and OBPR’s final letter of advice on its website. RISs completed between July 2012 and June 2015 were assessed by the Queensland Competition Authority.
Completed Regulatory Impact Statements
A review of whether aligning Queensland’s statutory voltage limits with Australian and international standards will allow more efficient management of voltage issues caused by the high penetration of solar PV, and support greater levels of renewable generation in line with the Queensland Government’s overarching energy policy objectives and targets.
The public consultation on the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s RIS was interrupted by the state election and so the new Department of Environment and Science released exactly the same RIS (apart from the change in department name) to ensure stakeholders have adequate opportunity to comment. The QPC’s letter of adequacy applies to both RISs.
The purpose of the RIS is to assess the impacts of amendments to the Energy Ombudsman Act 2006 to extend the Energy Ombudsman’s functions to receive, investigate and resolve disputes between small customers and water distribution and retail utilities in South East Queensland.
As the Bill was a private member’s Bill, the Queensland Parliament’s Agriculture and Environment Committee recommended that a RIS be completed prior to the Bill’s second reading speech. The Commission was requested to undertake the Consultation and Decision RIS.
The Consultation RIS sets out proposed options for the introduction of a fuel price reporting scheme in Queensland. The intention is to close the information gaps for motorists in existing fuel price comparison products, enabling motorists to find the cheapest fuel in their area.