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Annual Report 2009-2010 Utilities Commission



Annual Report 2009-2010 Utilities Commission

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25 September 2010 3.97 The Commission, in consultation with PWC, has begun to explore options for ensuring that compliance systems and practices provide effective assurance of the licensed entitys compliance with regulatory instruments. 3.98 During 2009-10, the Commission: commenced discussions with PWC regarding the systems and practices that PWC has in place to ensure compliance and identify and report non-compliance in other areas, for example occupational health and safety and environmental compliance, the adequacy and testing of those systems and the potential to apply those systems to regulatory compliance; engaged more closely in the development of the scope of the 2009-10 compliance audit, with a view to the focus of compliance being on the development of effective compliance systems, consistent with the Australian Standard on Compliance Programmes AS 3806; and commenced developing the Commissions own internal capacity for monitoring and identifying potential or actual instances of non-compliance. 3.99 The Commission considers that a staged approach to an increase focus on compliance is appropriate. 3.100 PWC has also been requested to undertake an audit of service performance data for 2009-10, with the audit report available to accompany the annual service performance data report required by the Electricity Standards of Service Code by 30 October 2010. Compliance reporting in 2009-10 Annual licence returns 3.101 During the year, PWC lodged returns with respect to the 2008-09 financial year for each of its licensed areas of operation. 3.102 For those entities for whom activities in the electricity supply industry are more limited, licence returns are not required to contain the same level of detail as those required from PWC. 3.103 During the year, the following licensees also lodged returns with respect to the 2008-09 financial year for their licensed areas of operation: NGD (NT) Pty Ltd; Cosmo Power Pty Ltd; Central Energy Power Pty Ltd; Energy Resources of Australia Ltd; Solar Power Stations Australia Pty Ltd (now under administration); Landfill Management Services Pty Ltd; and Groote Eylandt Mining Company Pty Ltd. 3.104 No substantive issues arose as a consequence of these licence returns. Compliance report of operations 3.105 As part of its annual licence returns, PWC is also required to include an audit of operations authorised by each licence and compliance with licence obligations. The audit of operations is available by 1 December. As in previous years, the 2008-09 compliance audit was undertaken by an independent auditor, Ernst & Young.

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