Any interested person, stakeholder, REC
Party or the Code
Manager can propose a change to the REC by
submitting a REC Change Proposal.
If you are considering raising a Change Proposal the Code Manager
would welcome a conversation with you. The Code Manager can help you
decide whether a Change Proposal is the right route to resolve an
issue and can help clarify understanding. The Code Manager may also
already be exploring a similar issue so it can be efficient to engage
in a conversation. You can find more information on Change Proposals
in the REC Change Process user guide.
If you decide to raise a Change Proposal you can do this directly
through the REC
Portal by completing a Change Proposal form within the Change and
Release page. The form will guide you through the stages of raising a
Change Proposal and will detail all the information you will need to
provide. The form will be automatically saved as you complete it to
allow you additional time to provide all the information. If you start
to complete a Change Proposal but don’t complete it the form will be
partly saved and available for you to continue when you return to it.
When you're ready to submit, the Portal will check that all
mandatory information has been included, and alert you if anything is
missing. You won't be able to submit without all the mandatory
information. Once the form has been submitted you will receive an
automatic confirmation that it's been received for review by the
Change Management Team.
The Code Manager is responsible for operating a fair and
transparent change process for all stakeholders and ensuring that
consumer outcomes are at the heart of the process. They replace many
of the roles traditionally provided by industry panels or working
groups in the change process, including:
- Planning and prioritising the change agenda
- Proactively raising Change Proposals to address known issues and
drive change to better facilitate the REC objectives, mission
statement and strategy.
- Developing the activities and
timetable for progressing Change Proposals
- The detailed
analysis, solution design and requirement specification for Change
- Commissioning impact assessments
- Carrying out a cost-benefit analysis and developing the business
- Making a formal and independent Recommendation to the
Responsible Committee on whether a Change Proposal should be
approved or rejected.
The Code Manager may reject the Change Proposal if:
- It is incomplete or insufficiently clear;
Change Proposal and/or issue that it seeks to address is not
materially different from or could appropriately form part of an
active Change Proposal that has not yet been decided upon;
- The Change Proposal concerns matters that are outside the scope
of the REC; or
- The Change Proposal has no reasonable
prospect of being approved.
The Code Manager will also consider whether the issue is something
that actually needs a Change Proposal to resolve, or whether it could
be better addressed by another method such as additional training.
You will usually be told of a decision to accept or reject the
Change Proposal within three working days. If longer is needed you
will be advised of the timeline and the reasons for the extension.
Whether your Change Proposal is accepted or rejected, you’ll be
notified on the REC Portal. Keep an eye on your notification bell in
the top right-hand corner of the Portal. If your Change Proposal is
rejected you will also receive an email to explain why.
When a Change Proposal is accepted the Code Manager will give it a
reference number and create a brand new Change Proposal page to hold
the relevant information.
All Change Proposals, current and historic, can be found on the REC Portal Change Register which is accessed
through the Change and Release area of the REC Portal.
The Change Register gives a high-level view of the Change
Proposal, its Status, Impacted Parties, the Change Category, Change
Path, and Implementation Date. You can also access the Change
Proposal page for a specific change from the Change Register for
Alternatively, if you have subscribed to the email distribution
list relating to Change Management activity, you will receive an email
notification as a Change Proposal moves through the Change process.