In some cases, the use of those formats is mandatory, for instance, where there are interfaces with the registry and reconciliation manager, and in others, it is voluntary, for example, interfaces between participants.

The Standing Data Formats Group (SDFG) was set up to:

  • consider suggestions by affected parties for the addition of new, or changes to the electricity information exchange protocols (EIEPs) made through the EIEP review process
  • consider suggestions by affected parties for the addition of new, or changes to existing file formats between participants and the service provider positions of the registry or the reconciliation manager
  • progress the development of new file exchange formats or recommend changes to the Authority for existing file exchange formats where it is agreed that participants would benefit.

Prior to 31 October 2010, the Standing Data Formats Group was administered by the Electricity Commission.