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Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) installer and designer accreditation scheme application round

16 December 2022
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Important

The CER published an updated application form on 16 December 2022. Please ensure you use this application form to submit your application.

The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) is seeking applications for one or more installer and designer accreditation scheme operators under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES). The CER's application process is being conducted in accordance with the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 (REE Regulations).

Approved installer and designer accreditation scheme operators will have an ongoing relationship with the CER in maintaining integrity in the installer and designer accreditation scheme under the SRES. Approved installer and designer accreditation scheme operators must comply with all relevant regulatory requirements in accordance with the REE Regulations. Applicants should read the application form and the guidance document carefully before they apply to become an approved installer and designer accreditation scheme operator:

Application round dates

On Friday 16 December 2022, the CER opened an application round for the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) installer and designer accreditation scheme. The round will be open for 3 months and applications close 5 pm (AEDT) Wednesday 15 March 2023.

Applicants

The CER will accept applications from the following types of organisations:

  • individual/sole trader
  • partnership
  • company
  • body corporate
  • sole director company
  • consortium
  • trustee
  • Company Limited.

If a consortium applies, this must be clearly indicated and the lead member of the consortium must sign the application.

Completing the application form

Applicants must complete the documentasset:CER application form using the documentasset:guidance document. To satisfy the requirements listed in Section 20BE and Section 20BH of the REE Regulations, applications must include:

  • applicant and contact officer details
  • information regarding applicant fit and proper person status
  • an applicant undertaking as set out in the REE Regulations
  • the proposed scheme’s scope
  • governance, management and operation of the proposed scheme
  • qualifications and experience of the applicant
  • compliance monitoring with the SRES and Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 (REE Act) and REE Regulations requirements
  • training to be provided to installers and designers under the proposed scheme
  • measures and procedures that will be implemented to ensure quality assurance and process control of the accreditation process and compliance with the SRES, REE Act and REE Regulations requirements
  • insurance and codes of conduct
  • measures and procedures for dealing with conflicts of interest
  • fees charged and basis of fee structure
  • applicant reasons why the proposed scheme should be approved.

Submitting the application form

Applicants must email their completed, scanned documentasset:application form and any supporting documents to CER-SRESreforms@cer.gov.au. The signed application form must be saved as a single scanned file and not split into parts.

Supply supporting documents in the following file formats:

  • Microsoft Word (.docx)
  • Microsoft Excel (.xlsx)
  • PDF (.pdf)

Responses must be completely self-contained. No embedded files can be included. No hyperlinked or other material should be incorporated.

If the email and its attachments (the application and supporting documents) are larger than 10MB, they must be sent using multiple emails that are clearly marked (i.e. by including an identifier in the subject line, e.g. '1 of 3', '2 of 3', '3 of 3'). Files may be zipped to reduce their size.

Assessment of applications

Pre-assessment check
 
 
Evaluation committee
 
 
Delegate approval
 
 
Applicants notified
 
 
Schemes announced

Pre-assessment check

The CER will do a pre-assessment check on applications that are received by the closing date. If an application is incomplete, the CER may request more information.

The CER will assess applications against requirements using 10 evaluation criteria in accordance with Section 20BH of the REE Regulations.

Evaluation committee

The evaluation committee will assess applications in accordance with the REE Regulations and develop:

  • an application assessment report
  • recommended successful or unsuccessful applicants
  • an evaluation report.

Delegate approval

The CER delegate will review the evaluation report and make the final decision on the approval of one or more installer and designer accreditation scheme operators.

Applicants notified

All applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome.

The CER will engage with approved applicants to formalise alignment with the SRES and prepare for transition arrangements.

Unsuccessful applicants will be offered a debrief on request to discuss the outcome of their application.

Schemes announced

After approved scheme operators are announced, the CER will communicate with industry, including installers, designers and agents, regarding transition arrangements.

Approved scheme operators will have an ongoing working relationship with the CER. The CER will monitor performance of approved scheme operators in accordance with the REE Regulations including all elements of the undertaking made by approved scheme operators. The CER will take appropriate actions to maintain integrity in an approved accreditation scheme and operator.

Questions about the application process

Applicants must email questions to CER-SRESreforms@cer.gov.au. Applicant questions and CER responses will be published on this website during the application round, where possible.

If any other CER officers are contacted regarding the application process, applicants will be asked to email the CER directly to obtain a response.


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