Service quality regulationSQ3BEstablish systems of sanctions for non-adherence of operators to service norms and regulations
Regulators can initiate administrative infringement proceedings against operators under terms set out in legislation.
Reasons can include if information has not been reported, operators have intentionally not provided accurate information, or if service standards do not match the minimum requirements. However, prior to applying any sanctions, they must be transparently outlined through mechanisms that specify a time sequence, with sanctions commonly being the last resort.
Predefined penalty systems allow for the imposition of adequate penalties on utilities for acts or omissions that infringe legal provisions in terms of the quality of service. Transparently sanction mechanisms also ensure the integrity of regulatory infringement actions.
- Service operators are prevented from further misconduct.
- A regulator receives appropriate information on time.
- Consumers are protected from further damage and are adequately reimbursed.
In Australia, states and territories have a well-conceived, modern, and very robust regulatory model that is able to all possible issues.
Regulation is essentially focused on consumers, but without disregarding the sustainability of operators.
Different regulators have successfully developed ways of supervising and controlling the quality of service, as seen in the scheme of compensation to consumers in case of failures to comply with agreed service standards (see below).
|Level of service||Amount payable for failures (Euros)|
|CityWest||Southeast||Yarra Valley||Barwon||Central Highlands|
|Unplanned interruptions not restored in a specific time||15||15||15||_||15|
|More than five unplanned interruptions in any 12 months||15||15||15||30||15|
|Failure to notify a planned interruption||_||_||15||_||_|
|Planned interruptions during peak hours (5 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 5 p.m.to 11 p.m.)||_||_||15||_||_|
|Planned interruptions longer than advised||_||_||15||_||_|
|Planned interruptions longer than 5 hours||_||_||15||_||_|
|Repair of leaking service pipes within 5 days||_||_||_||_||15|
|More than three interruptions in 12 months||15||15||15||30||15|
|Interruptions not restored in a specified time||15||15||15||_||15|
|Spills not contained in a specified time of notification||300||300||300||_||_|
|Spills not contained in a house in one hour of notification||300||300||300||_||_|
Internal capacities needed and the role of partners
Setting sanctions require regulators to have certain judiciary and administrative skills. These could be sustained and supported by best practices from other regulators. Potential partners include national judiciary and disciplinary institutions along with development partners. Regulators’ staff must be trained on how to apply and manage disciplinary measures within their regulatory mandate.