Indicative timetable

Indicative dates for key milestones in the decision making process
Milestone Date
Initiate review, publish issues paper 5 May 2023
Online public forum 8 June 2023
Submissions close on issues paper 16 June 2023
Publish draft decision paper July 2023
Submissions close on draft decision paper August/September 2023
Publish final decision and directions paper October 2023


Issues paper

On 5 May 2023 the AER released an issues paper:  Review of gas distribution network reference tariff variation mechanism and declining block tariffs – issues paper for stakeholder feedback.

Release of the issues paper is the first step in our review of how gas distribution reference tariffs are varied from year to year and their structure.



Stakeholders were invited to make submissions on the Gas distribution network tariffs review issues paper by 16 June 2023. We received the following submissions.

Stakeholder forum

On Thursday 8 June 2023, the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) hosted an online public forum on our Review of gas distribution tariff structures. The forum was held at 9:00am – 10:30am (AEST) via Microsoft Teams and was chaired by AER Deputy Chair, Jim Cox.

AER staff presented material from the Issues paper. We were also joined by a range of external stakeholders who presented their perspectives on the Review. The list of speakers included:

  • Jim Cox - Deputy Chair, AER

  • Dale Johansen – Director Network Pricing, AER

  • Garth Crawford – GM Economic Regulation, Energy Networks Association

  • Emma Chessell – Project Manager, Brotherhood of St Laurence

  • Craig Memery - Senior Adviser, Energy, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

  • David Strang - Convenor of Energy Transition Group, Lighter Footprints.

Slidepacks from this workshop are provided below.