The Gas Distribution Contracts Oversight Scheme is a voluntary, industry-agreed scheme which assesses standard gas distribution service agreements against a set of principles. It was endorsed by the Minister of Energy and Resources in September 2012 and aims to ensure that the core terms and conditions in distribution arrangements are clear and reasonable; promote market efficiency; and ultimately enhance consumer outcomes. The Scheme does not assess negotiated agreements.
The Previous Assessments section holds information on the 2013 and 2014 assessments of standard gas distribution service agreements. Going forward, assessments will be conducted on an exceptions basis (as contracts are further revised or replaced). Gas Industry Co continues to assess progress with executing new distribution contracts consistent with the Distribution Scheme principles.
The Background section holds information on the development, scope and structure of the Gas Distribution Contracts Oversight Scheme, including the recommendation to the then Minister of Energy and Resources (Hon Phil Heatley) and his subsequent endorsement of the Scheme in September 2012.