The Minister for Energy and Utilities has responsibility for the Gas Supply Act 1996 (the Act). NSW Department of Planning administers the Act on the Minister's behalf.
A natural gas network operator must hold a 'Reticulator's Authorisation' granted by the Minister under the Act.
Operators of gas networks that convey gases other than natural gas require a 'Distributor's Licence' granted by the Minister under the Act.
Irrespective of the type of authorisation or licence, the primary obligations for a network operator are in the Gas Supply (Safety and Network Management) Regulation 2013.
Natural gas network operators also have obligations to the retail market under the Gas Supply (Natural Gas Retail) Regulation 2014.
Gas Supply (Safety and Network Management) Regulation
The Gas Supply(Safety and Network Management) Regulation 2013 was remade under under the Gas Supply Act 1996 . The objective of this Regulation is to ensure that gas networks are designed, constructed, maintained and operated in a safe and reliable manner. The regulation also requires the quality of the gas transported be checked to meet appropriate standards.
The Subordinate Legislation Act 1989 requires a Regulatory Impact Statement be performed for all new statutory rules. Read the Regulatory Impact Statement (193 KB PDF).
Under the National Energy Retail Law, a person who retails natural gas to a customer must hold a National Retailer Authorisation.
Obligations of the authorised retailers are imposed under the National Energy Retail Law (South Australia) Act 2011 which operates as law in NSW and the National Energy Retail Law (Adoption) Act 2012.
A list of authorised gas retailers is available from the licensing authority, the Australian Energy Regulator .
Gas Supply (Natural Gas Retail) Regulation
The Gas Supply (Natural Gas Retail) Regulation 2014 was published on 22 August 2014. The objective of this Regulation is to ensure that customer protections and programs established by the NSW Government to assist small gas customers are consistently applied by retailers and distributors. Read the Regulatory Impact Statement (112 KB PDF).
Review of the NSW Gas Network Code
The Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy directed the Gas Network Code be repealed effective as of 1 July 2015. Read the NSW Gas Network Code Consultation Review Paper (168 KB PDF).