Queensland gas legislation

Gas Supply Act 2003

The Gas Supply Act 2003 (PDF, 957KB) and Gas Supply Regulation 2007 (PDF, 403KB) regulate the supply and sale of reticulated natural gas. The Act covers the following:

  • a business licensing regime for distributors and retailers of reticulated natural gas
  • powers to ensure sufficiency of gas supply to essential services and other priority customers in the event of a shortage of natural gas supply to an area
  • rights and responsibilities of gas distributors carrying out gas infrastructure work in publicly controlled areas such as roads
  • a framework for retail competition, ensuring the interests of customers are protected through the development and approval of industry codes, such as the Gas Industry Code, which is administered by the Queensland Competition Authority
  • reserve powers for regulation of gas retail prices.

Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004

The Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (PDF, 2.84MB) regulates the technical and safety aspects of gas production, transmission, distribution and use and deals with licensing of gas transmission pipelines.

Learn more about petroleum and gas safety.

National Gas (Queensland) Act 2008

The National Gas (Queensland) Act 2008 (PDF, 343KB) applies the National Gas Law (NGL) and National Gas Rules in Queensland. The gas law and rules regulate third-party access to natural gas pipelines and establish the short term trading market and a bulletin board for information on natural gas services. The gas law and rules are available on the Australian Energy Market Commission website.

The Australian Energy Market Operator administers the Retail Market Procedures (Queensland), which deal with technical rules about the operation of the Queensland natural gas retail market.

Energy and Water Ombudsman Act 2006

The Energy and Water Ombudsman Act 2006 (PDF, 553KB) was integral to the introduction of full retail competition. The main purpose of the Act is to give small energy consumers a timely, effective, independent and just way of referring disputes about matters involving energy entities, and having the disputes investigated and resolved.

Learn more about the Act, and about the Energy and Water Ombudsman Regulation 2007 (PDF, 284KB), on the Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland website.

Last reviewed
November 8, 2013

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