We have developed a statement of expectations in relation to how electricity transmission companies access land.
Electricity transmission company land access statement of expectations
Consultation opens10 March 2022
Release of draft statement of expectations24 March 2022
Consultation on draft statement opens24 March 2022
Public webinar4 April 2022
Industry session5 April 2022
Consultation on draft statement closes19 April 2022
Release of final statement of expectations17 May 2022
We have developed a statement of expectations in relation to how transmission companies access land. The statement of expectations takes effect on 1 June 2022.
Landowners, parties with interest in land, and electricity transmission companies are critical partners in the delivery of major energy projects and the provision of essential services. This statement of expectations seeks to achieve a balance between the statutory right to access private lands and the rights of those affected by that exercise of that power.
This statement of expectations does not relate to decisions regarding the route of transmission projects or the decisions about whether to proceed with these projects.
The statement comprises of a set of principles outlining how electricity transmission companies should exercise their powers according to section 93 of the Electricity Industry Act 2000 to access land.
Currently, land access can be done through a voluntary agreement between a transmission company and a landowner. If a voluntary arrangement cannot be reached, transmission companies have powers under section 93 of the Electricity Industry Act to access land compulsorily.
We released the draft statement of expectations for public consultation on 24 March 2022.
Consultation originally ran from 24 March to 12 April. Following stakeholder feedback, we extended the consultation period to 19 April. During this period, we held two events: a public webinar on 4 April and an industry forum on 5 April. Together, these events had over 50 attendees.
We received 32 submissions to the draft statement of expectations. Of these, six submitters requested confidentiality (AusNet provided a public and confidential submission and is not counted as part of our confidential submissions).
We have published all non-confidential submissions in the resources tab of this page, as part of our publishing process for the final statement of expectations. If you made a confidential submission, but would like to make your submission public, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final statement of expectations
We released our final statement of expectations on 17 May 2022. On 30 May 2022, the commission hosted a webinar to discuss the statement and the next steps for this work.
Reporting against the statement of expectations
The commission requires transmission companies who access land to report monthly on their performance against the principles in the statement of expectations. The following are monthly reports submitted by AusNet Transmission Group regarding the Western Renewable Link’s performance against the principles set out in the statement.