Licensing and authorisation regulatory functions
The Minister for Energy and Climate Change (Minister) is responsible for granting authorisations for the reticulation of natural gas and licences for the distribution of LPG or a mixture of natural gas and hydrogen in NSW. These authorisations and licences are subject to conditions covering matters such as consumer protection and safety.
IPART administers the licensing and authorisation regime under the Gas Supply Act 1996 on behalf of the Minister. IPART has the function of making recommendations to the Minister for certain matters including:
- the granting, transfer or cancellation of an authorisation or licence, and
- the imposition, variation or cancellation of authorisation or licence conditions.
IPART may also impose monetary and non-monetary penalties and take other action it considers appropriate against authorisation or licence holders for breaches of their obligations.
Gas retailer authorisations are administered by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).
For further information please follow this link to the AER's Public Register of Authorised Retailers and Authorisation Applications or email the AER at: AERInquiry@aer.gov.au.