Gas Emergency Response
The National Gas Emergency Response Advisory Committee (NGERAC) was established in 2005 as part of a Memorandum of Understanding on the National Gas Emergency Response Protocol. A revised Memorandum was finalised in 2017. The NGERAC comprises officials from Commonwealth, state and territory governments, and representatives of the Australian Energy Market Operator, gas industry sectors and gas users. The Committee is responsible for:
- Ensuring natural gas supply disruptions are managed in a consistent manner across all jurisdictions.
- Advising jurisdictions on efficient and effective management responses (including use of Emergency Powers by jurisdictions) in the event of multi-jurisdictional natural gas supply shortages.
- Assessing the risks and impacts of multi-jurisdictional natural gas supply shortages.
The NGERAC works with jurisdictions, energy industry participants and users to develop and test arrangements, protocols and other measures to respond to and mitigate the effect of multi-jurisdictional natural gas supply shortages, and advise the COAG Energy Council and jurisdictions accordingly.