Options for enhancing the Australian Limited Merits Review regime

For a recent inquiry by the COAG Energy Council into limited merits reviews, Frontier Economics and leading law firm Herbert Smith Freehills were engaged by Energy Networks Australia to prepare a policy paper explaining why limited merits review rights were essential to providing checks and balances on regulatory decision-making and promoting confidence in the regulatory system. The report also proposed a range of reform options targeted at addressing the concerns expressed by policymakers. The report was consistent with the ultimate findings of the COAG Energy Council that the limited merits review regime should be retained but reformed.

The report’s authors from Frontier Economics include team members from Frontier (Asia-Pacific) – Danny Price and Dinesh Kumareswaran; and Frontier (Europe) -Mike Huggins and Aria Rodgarkia-Dara.

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