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* Essential Services Commission (formerly the Office of the Regulator-General 1994-2001)
- established by the Office of the Regulator-General Act 1994 No 42/1994
- objectives are to promote competitive market conduct; to prevent the use of market or monopoly power; to facilitate entry into relevant markets; to facilitate efficiency in regulated industries; and ensure that users and customers benefit from competition and efficiency.
The Office of the Regulator-General was an economic regulator of certain industries to support the Government's micro-economic reform program, designed to improve the State economy's efficiency and competitiveness.
The Office regulated the following industries: electricity, gas, Melbourne water and sewerage, export shipping of grain, rail, and certain port services in the Ports of Melbourne, Geelong, Portland and Hastings.
The Office promoted competitive market conduct, worked to prevent the use of market power or monopoly, facilitated entry into relevant markets and efficiency in regulated industries, and enabled users and customers to benefit from competition and efficiency. (Victorian Government Directory, 2001/2002)
The Office of the Regulator-General was renamed as the Essential Services Commission, taking effect on 1 January 2002 (Victorian Government Directory, 2002/2003).