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Annual Report 2014/2015 Utilities Commission



Annual Report 2014/2015 Utilities Commission

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41 Item Audit finding Comment Preparation of maintenance forecast. Part compliant Maintenance forecasts submitted to the Power System Controller do not include high voltage distribution. However, System Control does not require the high voltage distribution assets maintenance schedule as the additional data reduces the clarity of the schedule. It may be appropriate to revise the requirements of the Code to align with the actual needs of System Control. Overall, the Commission found an adequate level of compliance by Power and Water with the network licence. The Commission found a number of areas in which improvements would contribute greatly to increasing the level of compliance. Power and Water Compliance Audit During the course of the technical audit, it was identified and of particular concern to the Commission that Power and Water and Territory Generation were not compliant with the licence obligation to establish and maintain an appropriate compliance process. In May 2015, the Commission conducted a follow-up audit of Power and Waters licence obligations to maintain an adequate compliance framework by reviewing Power and Waters compliance process and compliance reporting (including the adequacy of the compliance framework, policies and procedures, compliance reporting to the Board and the adequacy of the level of use of its compliance management system) against specific principles of Australian Standard 3806-2006, and to confirm that appropriate remedial actions from the previous audit had been undertaken by Power and Water. The scope of the audit is summarised in Table 5 and the specific principles of the Australian Standard 3806-2006 were chosen as it was considered that Power and Water would not have had sufficient opportunity to implement a compliance process sufficiently mature to conform to the remaining principles of the Australian Standard 3806-2006. The audit only focused on the areas of establishing a framework, specifically compliance principles 1 to 5 (commitment), principle 6 (implementation) and principle 12 (continual improvement). The audit did not consider the remaining five principles. Table 5: AS 3806-2006 principles to form scope of the audit Compliance Principle Audit scope Commitment Principle 1: Commitment by the governing body and top management to effective compliance that permeates the whole organisation. Full audit Principle 2: The compliance policy is aligned to the organisations strategy and business objectives, and is endorsed by the governing body. Full audit Principle 3: Appropriate resources are allocated to develop, implement, maintain and improve the compliance program. Full audit