The Gas Working Group (GasWG) supports energy and climate change ministers in their ongoing role of providing oversight of national energy policy with respect to gas and related regulatory frameworks as articulated in the Australian Energy Market Agreement (AEMA).
The GasWG provides policy advice to Energy and Climate Senior Officials to support the design and implementation of gas market reform priorities agreed by the Energy and Climate Ministerial Council (ECMC) and National Cabinet.
In response to events which threatened east coast gas market reliability and supply adequacy in winter 2022 and in light of the interrelationships between the gas market and the broader energy system, energy ministers agreed to take a range of actions aimed at supporting a more secure, resilient and flexible east coast gas market.
- Stage 1 of these reforms involved expanding the Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) powers and functions to be able to better manage gas supply adequacy and reliability risks across the east coast gas market.
- Stage 2 focuses on those elements of the reforms which will guide and frame how AEMO approaches its new functions and help facilitate efficient responses by market participants.
The GasWG also continues to progress other existing ECMC gas-related priorities, including amendments to the National Gas Law and Regulations to bring hydrogen, biomethane and other renewable gases under the national gas regulatory framework.