National Gas Law

On 2 March 2023 the South Australian Government introduced an amendment to the National Gas Rules (NGRs) which removed the powers of the National Competition Council (contained in versions 1-67 of the NGRs) to determine whether third parties should be granted access to gas pipelines. The current NGRs provide the Australian Energy Regulator with power to determine which form of regulation should apply, by applying the form of regulation test (rather than the coverage test). 

The NCC retains a role in Western Australia, where access to gas pipelines is governed by the National Gas Access (Western Australia) Law (WA NGL). The WA NGL adopts version 1 of the National Gas Rules (NGR) whereas the rest of the participating jurisdictions have adopted the current version of the NGRs.