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Reform package to improve gas pipeline regulation takes effect

A regulatory package to implement reforms to gas pipeline regulation, as agreed by Energy Ministers, has commenced operation.

The gas pipeline reforms are intended to deliver a simpler regulatory framework, increased market transparency and improved access to pipelines on fair terms.

It is estimated the reforms will deliver savings of $1 billion over 20 years to the Australian economy through reduced pipeline transport costs and improved pipeline access.

The Bill received Royal Assent from the Governor of South Australia on 29 November 2022 and commenced operation on 2 March 2023:

Additional information

Energy Ministers published an information paper in early 2022 to provide interested parties with a high-level overview of:

  • how the new gas pipeline regulatory framework is intended to operate; and
  • the transitional arrangements that will be implemented to facilitate an orderly transition to the new framework.

Information on previous stages of development of the gas pipeline regulation reforms can be found at the following links: