The ERA provides independent economic advice to the State Government of Western Australia. We can be called on by the Government at any time to conduct independent inquiries on important economic issues.
These inquiries can be on any economic issue and need not relate to the regulation of utilities. The inquiries result in recommendations to the Government and a report that must be tabled in Parliament.
Previous inquiries that have resulted in advice to the Government on the regulation of utilities have included inquiries into Synergy’s electricity tariffs, Water Corporation’s tariffs, Horizon Power’s costs and how competition in the water sector could be enhanced.
Previous inquiries that have resulted in advice to the Government on non-utility matters have included inquiries into water resource management and planning charges, grain marketing, the chicken meat industry, school bus contracting, and the provision of shared corporate services within the public sector.
The number of inquiries we conduct varies as they are initiated the request of the State Treasurer.
Current inquiries that are underway are listed on the inquiries section of our website.
The following is a list of all completed inquiries undertaken by the ERA.