AGL responds to Treasury’s consumer data right consultation papers

In May, AGL responded to two Treasury papers on the consumer data right (CDR).  Both informal responses were posted through the Data Standards Body’s GitHub repository and are available here.

AGL supports Treasury’s decision to change to the Peer-to-peer model (P2P model) from the Gateway model for the energy sector as confirmed in the Treasury’s paper, Peer-to-peer data access model in the energy sector.   This decision aligns with the position AGL has been advocating for since the outset of the CDR consultative process.  Whilst this model will enable cross-sectional functionality, in our response we raise issues for consideration in the development of the rules and standards for application of this model in the energy sector, in particular the delineation of roles and responsibilities between the retailer and AEMO; provision of metering data by retailers; and, further consideration of the term, customer ‘accounts’, which unlike the banking sector, is not an universally applied term across this sector.

AGL also responded to Treasury’s paper, ‘Opt-out’ joint account data sharing model’.  This paper was largely directed to the banking sector with Treasury proposing a new model from the current ‘opt-in’ data consent model for joint account holders in that sector, with the view to extend the agreed upon model to other sectors.  We do not consider that the joint account rules will have extensibility from the banking sector to the energy sector due to different account management practices and the fact that joint accounts are not commonly available in the energy sector.   Our response elaborates on this and recommends further consultation with the sector for energy specific rules to be developed.