Networks access disputes

Access dispute guideline

On 26 November 2008 the AER released the final Guideline for resolution of distribution and transmission pipeline access disputes under the National Gas Law and National Gas Rules (Access Dispute Guideline).

The Access Dispute Guideline has been prepared to assist service providers and users or prospective users to understand how the AER will conduct an access dispute hearing under the new National Gas Law (NGL) and National Gas Rules (NGR) which commenced on 1 July 2008.

Access arrangement guideline

On 25 March 2009 the AER released the final Access Arrangement Guideline.

The Access arrangement guideline has been prepared to assist service providers and other interested parties in the context of the AER’s assessment of the access arrangement proposals for gas pipelines under the National Gas Law (NGL) and National Gas Rules (NGR) which commenced on 1 July 2008. The guideline replaces the ACCC’s access arrangement process guideline which was prepared in relation to the former National third party access code for natural gas pipeline systems.

Annual compliance process

The NGL imposes general duties and specific requirements on providers of covered transmission and distribution pipeline services. These obligations require that the service provider be a separate legal entity, must comply with certain obligations in relation to the provision of third party access and more broadly structural and operational separation of marketing staff among other matters.

The annual compliance process is a mechanism to report compliance with these duties and specific requirements. This arrangement replaces the former ring fencing reporting process undertaken by the ACCC for transmission services providers and by various state and territory regulators for distribution service providers.

Annual compliance order

The Annual Compliance Order is the mechanism to obtain information from service providers about their compliance with certain obligations under the NGL and NGR. The final Annual Compliance Order which was approved by the AER on 7 November 2008.

Annual compliance order - 7 November 2008 ( PDF 534.9 KB )

Annual compliance guideline

The Annual Compliance Guideline is to assist service providers in understanding the annual compliance process and how they need to comply with the Annual Compliance Order.