MSATS Standing data review

Market National Electricity Market
StageFirst Stage
ConvenorAEMO NEM
Accepting submissions?Yes
Submissions close31/03/2020

AEMO has commenced consultation on the future structure and content of Standing Data for Market Settlement and Transfer Solutions (MSATS).

AEMO is aware that MSATS Standing Data may in some cases be no longer fit-for-purpose due to a number of factors including:

  • The increased number of market participants updating and using Standing Data;

  • The number of changes to the rules and regulatory framework since the commencement of the National Electricity Market (NEM);

  • Changed market roles and responsibilities;

  • New technologies, products and services which means that a greater level of detail in some cases is needed by market participants (especially related to the metering arrangements at connection points).

The MSATS Standing Data Review (MSDR) will provide an opportunity to ensure MSATS Standing Data reflects the needs of the market by standardising the data and ensuring that data are complete, accurate and useful. These changes are also focussed enabling market participants to provide improved outcomes for electricity consumers.

This review also takes into account initiatives such as Power of Choice, 5 Minute (and Global) Settlement and the Consumer Data Right, as well as consideration of other matters that participants may feel is important.

This consultation is being conducted in accordance with the Rules consultation requirements detailed in clause 8.9 of the National Electricity Rules.

Consultation Timeline


Indicative Date


Pre-consultation meetings:

Sector-by-sector Presentations

6-12 December 2019


Pre-Consultation Workshop

3-4 February 2020


First Stage:

Initial Draft Standing Data for MSATS Guidelines, Issues Paper and Notice of Consultation

24 February 2020

In progress

Submissions close*

31 March 2020

Second Stage:

Draft Report and Notice of Consultation, MSATS Procedures

30 April 2020

Submissions close*

22 May 2020**

Final Report and Standing Data for MSATS

3 July 2020

* Submissions provided after the closing date will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
** This submission close date may change.

Please reach out to if you have any questions.

First stage consultation

Date: 24 February 2020

AEMO has published an Issues Paper to consult on proposed amendments MSATS Standing Data.

Several of the changes being consulted on will require MSATS schema and procedure changes. To help stakeholders and other interested parties respond to this Issues Paper around the data field changes proposed, AEMO is publishing a change marked version of the Standing Data for MSATS Guideline in the initial stage of consultation.

Submissions should be forwarded to AEMO by 31 March 2020.

Further details regarding this consultation can be found in the Issues Paper.

For any queries on this consultation, please contact

Pre-consultation Meetings

Over December 2019, AEMO held meetings with each industry sector to brief them on the proposed pre-consultation and consultation approach for MSDR and called for suggestions regarding changes to MSATS Standing Data. The attendance of these meetings consisted of retailers, distributors, metering businesses, and prospective embedded network managers, as well as bodies such as the Australian Energy Market Commission and Australian Energy Regulator. The content presented at these meetings is available below.

This feedback was collated and discussed in a two-day workshop held over 3-4 February. The workshop generated several points of broad agreement on changes to be taken to formal consultation as well as a number of unresolved points of contention that AEMO has sought to address in the Issues Pape. The slides presented at the workshop and the outcomes from the discussion are below.

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