The Energy Security Safeguard (the Safeguard) is governed by NSW legislation. It places a mandatory obligation on Scheme Participants to obtain and surrender energy savings certificates, which represent energy savings. The policy framework is the responsibility of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (the Department). More information is available at

What is IPART's role?

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is the:

  • Scheme Administrator, and
  • Scheme Regulator.

IPART’s responsibility is to:

  • Administer the schemes under the Safeguard by applying the Act, Regulation and Rules (see ESS Legislation), and
  • To report on the performance of the schemes and their participants to the Minister each year (see Legislation & ESS Performance).

As the Scheme Administrator, IPART:

  • Assesses applications for accreditation to undertake eligible activities and to create certificates
  • Assesses applications to be a Measurement & Verification Professional or auditor
  • Monitors compliance of Accredited Certificate Providers
  • Monitors the performance of Measurement & Verification Professionals
  • Assesses emerging lighting technologies and accepts them for use in the scheme
  • Manages online registry and portal systems.

As the Scheme Regulator, IPART:

  • Monitors compliance of Scheme Participants with their obligations, including through independent audits.

Who else is involved?

NSW Government

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (the Department) is responsible for developing the policy behind the Energy Security Safeguard and for the legislation, which is the legal framework of the schemes. See for more information.

Contact the Department to:

  • take part in statutory and major reviews
  • provide feedback on regulatory changes
  • get exemption orders for Scheme Participants
  • suggest changes to the Rules
  • participate in testing and trial of new methods
  • take part in activities that promote the uptake of the Safeguard
  • find general information about the Safeguard

Audit Services Panel

Auditors are an integral part of the schemes and perform some of the Scheme Administrator’s statutory functions under The Electricity Supply (General) Regulation 2014 (s55 and s56) to ensure the ongoing compliance of Scheme Participants and Accredited Certificate Providers.

Companies may apply to IPART, as Scheme Administrator, to join the Audit Services Panel.