National Harmonised Regulatory Framework for Natural Gas from Coal Seams - Annual Implementation Update (December 2016)

On 9 December 2011, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources agreed to develop and implement a harmonised framework for coal seam gas to address key areas of community concern. The National Harmonised Regulatory Framework for Natural Gas from Coal Seams was endorsed by the Council on 31 May 2013.

National Harmonised Regulatory Framework for Natural Gas from Coal Seams

On 13 December 2013, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources endorsed a National Harmonised Regulatory Framework for Natural Gas from Coal Seams (the Framework).The Framework delivers on a commitment by Australian governments to put in place a suite of leading practice principles, providing guidance to regulators in the management of natural gas from coal seams and ensuring regulatory regimes are robust, consistent and transparent across all Australian jurisdictions.

Multiple Land Use Framework (December 2013)

The Multiple Land Use Framework (MLUF) was developed in recognition of the conflict arising over land access and land use. Commissioned by the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources on 10 June 2011, the MLUF was finalised and endorsed by the Council at its meeting on 13 December 2013.

Intergovernmental Agreement on Energy Supply Industry Safety

On 4 January 2012, the Commonwealth, States and Territories entered into the Intergovernmental Agreement on Energy Supply Industry Safety.

The objectives of the Agreement are to put in place a nationally harmonised safety framework for the energy supply industry which ensures public and industry safety and contributes to the efficient delivery of energy network services by:

Ministerial Council on Energy Memorandum of Agreement relating to conferral of gas and electricity functions

The Australian Energy Market Agreement (the AEMA) agreed to the reform of the National Electricity Law and establishment of the National Gas Law and related matters and the conferral of functions and powers, and imposition of duties, on the Australian Energy Market Commission and Australian Energy Regulator under those laws.

The former Ministerial Council on Energy acting under the AEMA further agreed to the conferral of functions and powers, and imposition of duties.

Australian Energy Market Agreement (as amended December 2013)

On 9 December 2013, the Commonwealth, States and Territories (the Parties) agreed to amend the Australian Energy Market Agreement.

The objectives of the Agreement are:

Australian Energy Market Agreement (as amended October 2011)

On 2 October 2011, the Commonwealth, States and Territories (the Parties) agreed to amend the Australian Energy Market Agreement.

The objectives of the Agreement are:

Gas Transmission Pipeline Capacity Trading - Decision Regulation Impact Statement

On 14 December 2012, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources agreed to consider more broadly, in consultation with stakeholders, whether further policy options could facilitate increased trade in gas transmission pipeline capacity in the eastern gas market. On 31 May 2013, officials released a consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) that sought stakeholders’ views on current pipeline capacity trading activity and practices and whether any improvements could be made to facilitate increased trade in unused capacity.

Risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from domestic gas appliances - Decision Regulation Impact Statement

The Gas Appliance (Carbon Monoxide) Safety Strategy examined options to reduce the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from gas appliances in households and recreational vehicles. In June 2012, Ministers endorsed a Decision Regulation Impact Statement for the Gas Appliance (Carbon Monoxide) Safety Strategy which found that the most effective measure to address the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning is an appropriately designed and well-targeted public awareness campaign complemented by existing jurisdictional initiatives to ensure appropriate safeguards are in place.

Council Policy Statement - Coal Seam Gas - December 2011

On 9 December 2011, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources released a policy statement noting its agreement to develop and implement a harmonised framework for coal seam gas to address key areas of community concern based on four key themes:

  • water management;
  • multiple land use framework;
  • best practice standards; and
  • co-existence.

The Council's full policy statement is provided below.

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