Administration and participants

This page describes the administration of the ESS

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 scheme by applying the Act, Regulation and Rules (see Legal framework and rules), and
  • to report on the performance of the scheme and its participants to the Minister each year (see Scheme Performance).

As the Scheme Administrator, IPART:

  • assesses applications for accreditation as an Accredited Certificate Provider
  • assesses applications to be a Measurement & Verification Professional or ESS auditor
  • accredits participants to undertake eligible activities and to create energy savings certificates
  • monitors compliance of Accredited Certificate Providers through independent audits
  • monitors the performance of Measurement & Verification Professionals and ESS auditors
  • assesses emerging lighting technologies and accepts them for use in the scheme
  • manages the online Registry.

As the Scheme Regulator, IPART:

  • monitors compliance of Scheme Participants 
  • monitors compliance of Scheme Participants through independent audits.

Who else is involved?

NSW Government

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and the Department of Planning and Environment, Division of Energy, Water and Portfolio Strategy are responsible for developing the policy behind the ESS. The Department of Planning and Environment is responsible for the ESS legislation, which is the legal framework of the scheme. See for more information.

Energy Savings Scheme Audit Services Panel

Companies may apply to IPART, as Scheme Administrator to join the Energy Savings Scheme Audit Services Panel. Members of the panel audit Scheme Participants and Accredited Certificate Providers to ensure their ongoing compliance with the Energy Savings Scheme.