The AER has established application processing targets to ensure we review applications in a timely manner. There are more than 100 different types of energy development application that we review, and we’ve identified estimated timelines for each of them.
All applications are categorized in one of two ways—routine applications and non-routine applications.
Routine applications are those that are low risk and can often be processed by our OneStop platform, which uses a complex set of rules to automate the review process. Our annual target is to process these types of applications within the estimated timelines 99 per cent of the time, on average.
Non-routine applications are those that are high risk and more complex. They require review by a technical expert. Our annual target is to process these types of applications within the estimated timelines 95 per cent of the time, on average.
Our ability to meet application timeline targets continues to be relatively stable for both routine and non-routine applications.
In some cases it might take longer to review an application because the development is complex or because of factors beyond our control, such as incomplete applications or stakeholder or indigenous consultation requirements that have not been met.
For more information about the application process or to see a more detailed applications timelines report, visit our Application Processes page.