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Annual Report 2018-2019 Essential Services Commission of South Australia



Annual Report 2018-2019 Essential Services Commission of South Australia

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ESCOSA Annual Report 201819 2 changing and evolving market and industry structures, including the impacts of new and potentially disruptive technologies the overall South Australian and Australian economic climate and trends, and developments in practices and thinking in the filed of economic regulation, nationally and globally. Finally, having regard to those five areas, the Strategy also sets out four strategic responses to assist it in meeting its primary objective and strategic priorities when delivering its regulatory and statutory work program. The four strategic responses for 2018-2021 are: Building stakeholder and consumer engagement. Embedding better regulation. Enabling regulated entity performance and accountability. Create workforce readiness. Regulatory functions The Commission performs a range of functions across the different industries it regulates. These include pricing, licensing, performance monitoring and reporting, compliance and scheme administration. For each industry, the relevant industry regulation Act specifies the scope of the Commissions role, as summarised in Table 1 below. Advisory functions The Commission has two broad advisory functions. The first is to provide advice to the Treasurer of South Australia, on request, in relation to any matter (section 5(f) of the ESC Act). In that capacity, the Commission acts as an advisor to the South Australian Government, providing independent advice on economic and regulatory matters. The second is to conduct public inquiries (Part 7 of the ESC Act). Such inquiries can be initiated by the Commission into any matters within its regulatory scope. In addition, the Treasurer of South Australia or an industry Minister can initiate an inquiry into any matter concerning a regulated industry. Inquiries are conducted through a formal public process and final reports are tabled in Parliament. The Commissions organisational structure The Commission comprises a Chairperson and Commissioners. As at 30 June, there were 27 staff (25.23 full-time equivalents), led by the Chief Executive Officer. The Commission employs a diverse range of professional and technically qualified staff, with backgrounds in areas including economics, engineering, law and finance. The Commissions organisational structure is provided at Figure 1. Changes to the Commission During 2018-19 there were no significant changes to the Commissions structure and objectives. http://www.escosa.sa.gov.au/about-us/commission-membership http://www.escosa.sa.gov.au/about-us/commission-membership