As a registered agent, you must comply with legal obligations under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, including:
In addition to legal obligations, registered agents are expected to have certain capabilities that make them fit and proper to participate in the scheme.
Fit and proper person (FPP) assessments are a key control to protect the integrity of the schemes administered by the Clean Energy Regulator. They include an assessment of whether the relevant person (or its officers) have the necessary skills, capability and competency, business practices and good character that would reasonably be expected of a participant in our schemes.
For registered agents in the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, the below information clarifies what capabilities and practices we consider essential to remain ‘fit’ to participate in the scheme. We may request information from prospective and existing participants regarding these capabilities and practices. Registered agents create a large volume of small-scale technology certificates and their suitability to participate in the scheme is of particular interest to the agency.
Registered agents must have:
Registered agents are also expected to apply best practice standards to protect themselves and their customers, including through:
Before becoming a registered agent, all new applicants must complete
SRES Smart, an online program with a series of modules, knowledge checks and a self-assessment tool to show they understand the expected capabilities and standards of practice necessary to participate in the scheme. Existing registered agents are also encouraged to complete
SRES Smart to check and lower risks to their business of accidental non-compliance and being targeted by third parties conducting fraudulent activities.
Existing registered agents who do not complete SRES Smart will be examined more closely under the agency’s compliance processes. Applications to create STCs may be subject to increased assessment checks which may delay application processing times.
New or existing users under a registered agent account requesting new STC creation permissions must complete SRES Smart. Existing users with STC creation permissions can continue to do so. However, if those permissions are deactivated, SRES Smart will need to be completed before they can be reactivated.
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