Register as a Generator in the NEM

This page provides an overview of the processes and tasks required to register as a Generator in the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Participants who are already registered as a Generator in the NEM who want to change their scheduled bid and valuation data should visit the Change Schedule 3.1 bid and offer validation data page.

Category and classification

To confirm you are registering in the correct category for the NEM, visit Electricity Market Participants

Further information about Generator classifications and registration is outlined in the following documents, while information about exemptions can be found on the Exemption from Registration as a Generator in the NEM page.

Registration documents

These are the forms and documents needed to register as a Generator.

Email your completed application, including all attachments, to onboarding@aemo.com.au.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, application documents sent by post will face processing delays.

Application form

The Application for Registration as a Generator in the NEM form must be completed to register as a Generator. The form provides further details about what is required for registration and should be read in conjunction with the Generator Registration Guide.

Application form guide

The following guide provides a detailed overview of the generator registration process and information requirements.

Fees and charges

Participants must pay a fee to register; these are outlined on the NEM Fees and Charges page.


Supporting documents

These documents and information need to be supplied either with your application form, or beforehand, as they support your application for registration.

Technical requirements

Applicants must confirm that they meet the technical requirements set out in the National Electricity Rules (NER). To do so, either complete the following template, or contact AEMO to discuss alternative methods.

Capability declaration

This document must be submitted as an attachment to section A of the application for registration.

Wind and solar forecasting

If you are applying for registration as a semi-scheduled generating unit, you are required to submit an energy conversion model in accordance with the National Electricity Rules (NER) 2.2.7(c)(2). AEMO may also request that non-scheduled generations provide an energy conversion model under NER 2.2.3(c).

Energy conversion model validation typically takes four to six weeks to process. To avoid delays, we recommend that the first draft of the energy conversion model is submitted to AEMO at least three months before applying for registration.

The following documents list the energy conversion model requirements for wind generators and solar generators. The Guide to Data Requirements provides additional information.

Generating system data and model guidelines

If you have not already done so as part of your connection process, you must supply Generating System Data and Model functional block diagrams and source code in accordance with Schedule 5.2, clause S5.2.4 of the NER.

Local black system procedures

Generators must develop local black system procedures (LBSP) in accordance with the Guidelines for preparing local black system procedures published by AEMO.

Credit support

Credit support will be required if you do not meet the acceptable credit criteria detailed in clause 3.3.3 of the NER.

AEMO advises applicants to contact prudentials@aemo.com.au to discuss requirements prior to completing the AEMO Guarantee Pro Forma. You must submit an original signed copy of the pro forma with your registration application.

Recipient-created tax invoices (RCTI)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AEMO has adopted digital and remote ways of working to protect our people and critical operations. During this time, applicants can sign and exchange electronically.

Settlement Residue Auctions (SRAs)

To participate in Settlement Residue Auctions, you must first meet the eligibility criteria, as outlined in the following guides.

If you are eligible, please complete the following form to participate in the SRA. This form is not required if you do not intend to take part in the auction.

Trustee deed

Where the Applicant is acting in a trustee capacity, they must complete and return the following Trustee Deed form. No changes can be made to the Trustee Deed other than the completion of details where highlighted.

Notification - Energise Auxiliary Load

AEMO Registration receives many enquiries about the acceptability of energising a generator connection point as a load, in order to allow power to auxiliary plant, prior to registration as a generator. This information sought from the proponent and specified in this form will enable AEMO to assess and provide feedback on the acceptability of the proponent’s proposal to energise auxiliary plant.

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