Government priorities

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Gas

In June 2021 Energy Ministers agreed to a package of priority reforms to unlock new gas supply and improve the functioning of gas markets, including pipeline regulation, to ensure they are operating competitively and in the interests of consumers.

The package was endorsed by National Cabinet in August 2021.

The priority reforms include the following work-streams:

To oversee the progress of the reforms a Gas Working Group has been established, with representatives from all Australian state and territory governments.

The Gas Working Group continues the work of the former Gas Major Projects Implementation Team (GMPIT). Prior to that, the Gas Market Reform Group (GMRG) was responsible for implementing the 2016 Gas Market Reform Package (see below).

The role of the Gas Working Group is to oversee the delivery of gas market reform priorities set by the Energy Ministers Meeting (EMM), as well as other relevant priorities specifically tasked by the Energy National Cabinet Reform Committee (ENCRC).

The Gas Working Group is also responsible for supporting Energy Ministers in their ongoing role to provide oversight of national gas policy and related regulatory frameworks as articulated in the Australian Energy Market Agreement (AEMA).

Key historical documents

Previous National Gas Market Reforms

National Gas Law Amendment Package  - January 2017

Gas Market Reform Package - August 2016

Gas Supply Strategy - December 2015

Australian Gas Market Vision - December 2014

Previous National Gas Market Reviews

Examination of the current test for the regulation of gas pipelines - December 2016

AEMC East Coast Wholesale Gas Market and Pipeline Frameworks Review - July 2016

ACCC Inquiry into the East Coast Gas Market - April 2016