The Consumer Data Right (CDR) for Energy will enable consumers to authorise third parties to access their energy data. This will empower consumers to more easily share their data to get a better deal on a range of energy products and services.
The CDR for Energy will provide a voluntary framework for safe and secure data sharing. Consumers will need to consent and authorise their data to be shared by their energy retailer and only accredited parties will be able to receive data.
Initially the CDR for Energy will apply only to the National Electricity Market (NEM).
In November 2021, the Commonwealth Treasury released amendments to the Consumer Data Right Rules to expand the Consumer Data Right (CDR) to the energy sector. From October 2022, product information will be shared to facilitate better comparisons of energy plans. From November 2022, the first set of energy retailers will begin sharing energy data.
In May 2018, the Australian Government announced its intention to include the energy sector in the CDR framework.
The Commonwealth Treasury has overall responsibility for the CDR. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has the lead role in consumer education and enforcement of the CDR. Together with the Treasury, the ACCC has publicly consulted on various key components of the CDR framework for energy.
In June 2020, the Treasurer designated energy as a sector covered by the CDR.
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