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Registration is a key process for anyone who wishes to participate in the National Electricity Market (NEM), and this section of the website outlines the registration requirements for each of the participant categories for the NEM, as well as information about deregistering and transferring a registration.

In addition, this page provides information that applies to all participant categories, including the process for registration, registering in multiple markets and multiple functions, and the application form for a Registered Participant to appoint a Registered Participant Agent under clause 4.11.5 of the National Electricity Rules (NER).

Participant categories

To participate in the National Electricity Market (NEM), including associated trading activities conducted by AEMO under the National Electricity Rules (NER), you must register in one or more of the following participant categories:

  • Generator
  • Customer
  • Small Generation Aggregator
  • Market Ancillary Service Provider
  • Network Service Provider
  • Metering Coordinator
  • Trader
  • Reallocator
  • Intending Participant
  • Special Participant

Information about registering as a Special Participant is captured on the Network Service Provider page.

The registration process

The following document and step-by-step process provides an overview of the registration process across all participant categories.

The NEM registration process

  1. Prepare application

    Complete the registration application form and all required supporting documents.

  2. Submit application

    Email your completed application, including all attachments, to: onboarding@aemo.com.au

    The original signed application (without attachments) should be posted to:

    Australian Energy Market Operator Ltd
    Registration Team
    Level 2, 20 Bond Street
    Sydney NSW 2000

  3. Pay fees

    On receipt of your application, AEMO will send an invoice for the payment of your registration fees by electronic funds transfer (EFT).

  4. AEMO reviews application

    AEMO reviews the application and responds to you within five business days of receipt of the application.

    AEMO may request additional information or clarification of the information contained in your application. If a request is made, you must supply the additional information or clarification within 15 business days of the request.

  5. AEMO assessment and decision

    Once AEMO receives a complete application and the additional information, AEMO must within 15 business days, determine if the application is to be approved for registration. AEMO will notify you of our determination and, if AEMO rejects your application, the reasons why.

Third-party authority

Applicants must provide a letter of authority if they require AEMO to liaise with a third party at any stage of the registration process. This authority will allow AEMO to disclose information about your application with your nominated third party.

The letter of authority should be sent by email and post to the Onboarding team either with your application, or beforehand.

Registering in multiple markets

Participants may register in multiple markets under one ABN; or have multiple ABNs, requiring unique participant IDs for each ABN.

Registering multiple functions

An organisation with a single ABN can perform multiple functions and have single or multiple participant IDs.

An organisation conducting business under multiple ABNs must register the functions for each ABN.

Appointing a Registered Participant Agent

Under clause 4.11.5 of the NER a Registered Participant may appoint an agent (called a Registered Participant Agent) to coordinate operations of one or more of its facilities on its behalf. Complete this form if you are seeking to appoint a Registered Participant Agent. You can apply to appoint an agent at any time.

Applying to be a Project Developer

From 19 December 2019, developers will be able to apply to access relevant system information. Under clause 3.13.3AA(b) of the National Electricity Rules, a person may apply to AEMO to be a project developer if that person is not otherwise a Registered Participant; and intends to develop plant to be connected to the transmission or distribution system in respect of which another person must or may be registered as a Registered Participant.

Complete this application form if the intention is to develop the project and then sell the asset to another person. The project developer does not intend be an Intending Participant or Generator in respect of the plant. A project developer is given access to certain network data. This allows them to carry out power system modelling to perform planning and operational activities. You must specify the plant in which you are registering as a project developer.

If another person registers as an Intending Participant or Generator in respect of the same plant, AEMO will revoke the Project Developer status in respect of the plant.

If a special purpose vehicle (SPV) is established for the project, please submit an Intending Participant application.

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