AusNet Gas Services (AusNet) owns and operates a network of pipelines servicing customers in Victoria. The National Gas Law (NGL) and National Gas Rules (NGR) provide the regulatory framework governing gas networks. As with other covered pipelines, we regulate AusNet's reference tariffs - and through this, its revenue - under an approved access arrangement.
On 27 October 2020, the National Energy Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (Vic) (NELA Act) was enacted to change the timing of the annual Victorian electricity and gas regulatory years. The next access arrangement period is expected to commence on 1 July 2023 rather than 1 January 2023.
AusNet submitted its reference service proposal in July 2021. The AER sought submissions from interested parties on AusNet's reference service proposal by 30 July 2021. We received one submission.
The indicative timetable outlines the key milestones in the decision making process.