Foresighting Forum 2020

Foresighting Forum 2020

The Program

Registrations are now open for Foresighting Forum 2020.

The theme of the 2020 Forum is Take charge – a consumer vision for future energy services. The forum will be held on 19 – 20 February 2020 at Aerial Function Centre, UTS, Sydney.

The discussion will be informed by a major new piece of consumer research we have commissioned, that asks households and small businesses across Australia about the future: about their preferences and expectations in relation to service, equity, technology, control and managing change and what that means for the long-term.

Day 1 will dig into ‘why’.

Why a long-term vision for energy services is needed – through the lens of what consumers are telling us in the new research. Participants will explore the consumer values, preferences and priorities that can frame the future and hear from international experts about efforts to update the energy compact overseas. The key question about how a consumer vision for energy aligns with broader economic and societal trends will be discussed by a panel of consumer and sector leaders.

Day 2 will be about the ‘how’.

Firstly, how do we build a long-term Big Picture view of energy services and what are the key elements? How do we develop a Big Picture that can give consumers and the sector the clarity they need but is robust to uncertainty and does not close-down opportunities?

And secondly, how do we manage change to ensure consumers get the affordable and individualised services they need from an optimised system at every point in their life journey? What is our framework for managing the energy transition?

The Foresighting Forum has been influential in shifting thinking and culture in the Australian energy sector, including on the nature of choice in energy markets, the need to empower consumers to manage their own use and costs, and the central role that data will play in the future energy system.


  • Rosemary Sinclair AM, Energy Consumers Australia
  • Rob Gregory, Maddocks Lawyers
  • Andrew Bills, CS Energy
  • Gerard Brody, Consumer Action Law Centre
  • John Cleland, Essential Energy; Energy Charter CEO Council
  • Mark Collette, Energy Australia
  • Andrew Richards, Energy Users Association of Australia
  • Ben Wilson, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group
  • Cameron Tonkinwise, University of Technology Sydney
  • Matt Finch, Consultant
  • Dr Lachlan Blackhall, Australian National University
  • Alison Rowe, Australian Energy Foundation
  • Dr Kerry Schott AO, Energy Security Board; Moorebank Intermodal Company; NBN
  • Justine Jarvinen, UNSW Energy Institute
  • Ben Burge, Belong
  • Dr Alex Wonhas, Australian Energy Market Operator
  • Cassandra Hogan, KPMG
  • Dr Ron Ben-David, Consultant
  • Mark Byrne, Total Environment Centre
  • Kellie Caught, Australian Council of Social Service
  • Craig Chambers, Australian Renewable Energy Agency
  • Dean Spaccavento, Reposit Power
  • Yolande Strengers, Monash University
  • Kerry Latter, CANEGROWERS Mackay
  • Thuy Linh Nguyen, Sydney Alliance
  • Ross Womersley, South Australian Council of Social Service
  • Dr Jelena Dodic, Forethought
  • Rachel Edwardes, Forethought

Read the full program here.


Chris Alexander, Director of Advocacy and Communications at Energy Consumers Australia will be leading the Foresighting Forum for 2020 (FF20).

If you would like further information about Foresighting Forum 2020, please contact Helen Dau on 02 9220 5500 or via email.

Foresighting Forum 2019

The theme of Foresighting Forum 2019 was Take charge: Data powering better outcomes for consumers. The forum hosted in Sydney in February brought together consumer advocates, government and industry to discuss the interests of residential and small business energy consumers.

The forum generated a vast amount of content rich material. In the spirit of knowledge sharing, we have made it available as an online resource for the benefit of stakeholders working in the energy sector.

On this page you will find:

Please email Phil Bourne if you have any questions about content on this page.

Presentation recordings

Media room interviews



Presentation slides

Day 1 – Welcome and keynote

Session 1 – Consumer Data Right (CDR) Implementation

Session 2A – CDR in Practice

Session 2B Ethical Implications of the Use of Data

Session 3A – Data: Supporting Energy Charter Objectives

Session 3B – Consumers Using Data

Day 2 – Opening remarks

  • Rosemary Sinclair AM, Energy Consumers Australia

Session 4 – The Energy Use Data Model (EUDM)

  • Brian Spak, CSIRO
  • Sarea Coates, Department of the Environment and Energy
  • Luke Barlow, AEMO

Session 5A – New Dimensions in Policy

Session 5B – Making Provider Data Available for Policy Analysis

Session 6A – Data for Consumer Protection

Session 6B – Data for Networks

Session 7 – Bringing it all together

  • Rosemary Sinclair AM, Energy Consumers Australia
  • Robert Gregory, Maddocks
  • Francesco Naismith, AER
  • Michael Murray, Mission:Data
  • Dean Lombard, Renew