Window safety devices in common areas

Consumer, Uncategorized
By Anne Wardell, Compliance Quarter.  Owners corporations must ensure that all windows fitted to common property, above the ground floor, comply with the window safety devices legislation by 13 March 2018. This is a mandatory requirement which is imposed on the Owners Corporation. It is contained in the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) (SSMA) and the Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016 (NSW) (SSMR). Section 118 of the SSMA sets out the requirements for window safety devices – child safety. Rule 30 of SSMR provides information regarding what is a building, window and screen for the purposes of s 118. Note that subsection 118(4) of the SSMA applies to an owner of a lot who installs a window safety device. If the owner installs the device then he or she…
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AGL pays penalty for failing to inform customers that contract ending

AU Energy Compliance
By Anne Wardell, Compliance Quarter.  The AGL group of companies has paid penalties totalling $60,000 in response to three infringement notices issued individual companies within the group. The infringement notices alleged that between 2013 and 2017, AGL pays penalty for failure to notify more than 1000 customers across NSW, SA and QLD that their fixed term retail contracts were due to end. The infringement notices are available on the AER website here. The notices alleged a breach of subrule 48(2) of the National Energy Retail Rules which requires a retailer to notify a small customer with a fixed term retail contract when that is to end. The notice must include: • the date on which the contract will end; • details of the prices, terms and conditions applicable to the…
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Advance warning of energy discount expiry

AU Energy Compliance
By Anne Wardell, Compliance Quarter.  The National Energy Retail Amendment (Notification of end of fixed benefit period) Rule 2017 No. 2., Schedule 1 commenced on 1 February 2018. It amended the National Energy Retail Rules (the Rules) in the following way: • Omitted the existing Rule 45A and introduced a new Rule 45A Definitions; • Inserted a new Rule 48A Retailer notice of benefit change – market retail contract; and • Inserted a new Rule 48B Benefit change notice guidelines. The amended rule requires energy retailers with small customers on market retail contracts for gas or electricity which includes a minimum or fixed benefit period to notify customers prior to the end of the benefit period (energy discount expiry). The Information Sheet which accompanies the Rule change sets out the…
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Further information on the National Energy Guarantee

Further information on the National Energy Guarantee

AU Energy Compliance
Yesterday we received some further information on the National Energy Guarantee in the form of a consultation paper. We have summarised this for you below. Also of interest was the release of the following (thanks to the Smart Energy Council for the heads up): Climate Council energy storage report http://www.climatecouncil.org.au/battery-storage-2018 International Energy Agency report on Australia (link to report here) When we first discussed the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), details were thin on the ground. New materials have just been released by the Energy Security Board (ESB) providing a significant amount of information about how the NEG might operate and asking for stakeholder input. As this is a significant piece of reform we look at the two key components of the NEG separately. In today’s piece, we look at the…
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