Elwood Law was appointed to undertake the initial assessment of standard gas distribution service agreements against the Principles as at 1 February 2013, and produced the Initial Assessment Report found below.
The date of 1 February 2013 was set by Gas Industry Co as the initial assessment date, after consulting with industry on the time that would be reasonably required to update standard gas distribution contracts. However, as at 1 February 2013, none of the distributors had published a standard gas distribution contract. As a result, technically, as at the assessment date the overall alignment of published standard gas distribution contracts with the Scheme was "Nil" (under the Scheme, "Nil" means "No alignment with the intention of the Principle"). Although there were no distribution issues for gas retailers or consumers, this position confirmed the justification for the Scheme.
Each of the distributors covered by the Scheme was in the process of developing a standard gas distribution contract, which they each call a Gas Use of System Agreement (GUoSA). The review did provide a positive indication that distributors were developing GUoSAs that should broadly align with the Principles. Each distributor planned to have published its standard gas distribution contract prior to the next scheduled assessment date of 1 February 2014.