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Gas Pipelines Access (Commonwealth) Bill 1998

 

 

 

 

Gas Pipelines Access (Commonwealth) Act 1998

 

No. 101, 1998

 

 

 

 

   

   

   



 

 

 

 

Gas Pipelines Access (Commonwealth) Act 1998

 

No. 101, 1998

 

 

 

 

An Act to make provision for the regulation of third party access to natural gas pipeline systems, and for other purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                               

1............ Short title............................................................................................

2............ Commencement..................................................................................

3............ Schedule(s).........................................................................................

4............ Interpretation of this Act and related legislation................................

5............ Definitions..........................................................................................

6............ Crown to be bound.............................................................................

7............ Extra-territorial operation...................................................................

Part 2—Application of this Act, the Gas Pipelines Access (Commonwealth) Law and the Gas Pipelines Access (Commonwealth) Regulations in particular circumstances               

8............ Application of laws in certain Territories and adjacent areas under this Act          

9............ Application of Gas Pipelines Access Law in certain adjacent areas under P(SL) Act                      

10.......... Application of Gas Pipelines Access Regulations in certain adjacent areas under P(SL) Act          

11.......... Extended operation of certain State and Territory Laws...................

12.......... Interpretation of some expressions in the Gas Pipelines Access (Commonwealth) Law and the Gas Pipelines Access (Commonwealth) Regulations..........................................................

Part 3—National administration and enforcement                                            

Division 1—Conferral of functions and powers                                            

13.......... Functions and powers conferred on Commonwealth Minister under State or Territory laws         

14.......... Functions and powers conferred on local Ministers, local Regulators and local appeals bodies in or in relation to jurisdictional area of the Commonwealth.........................................

15.......... Conferral of functions on Code Registrar.........................................

Division 2—Federal Court                                                                                      

16.......... Jurisdiction of Federal Court in relation to Gas Pipelines Access Law and Regulations                  

17.......... Conferral of jurisdiction on Federal Court not to affect cross-vesting law              

Division 3—Administrative decisions                                                               

18.......... Application of the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977                 

19.......... Application of the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 in relation to other scheme participants   

Part 4—Miscellaneous                                                                                                      

20.......... Exemption from Commonwealth taxes............................................

21.......... Exemption from State and Territory taxes.......................................

22.......... Actions in relation to cross-boundary pipelines..............................

23.......... Regulations.......................................................................................

Schedule 1—Amendment of Commonwealth Acts to facilitate the national scheme                       

Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988                               

Moomba-Sydney P ipeline S ystem S ale Act 1994                                                

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967                                                              

Trade Practices Act 1974                                                                                       

 



Gas Pipelines Access (Commonwealth) Act 1998

No. 101, 1998

 

 

 

An Act to make provision for the regulation of third party access to natural gas pipeline systems, and for other purposes

[ Assented to 30 July 1998 ]

Preamble

                   This Preamble sets out the matters taken into account by the Parliament in enacting this Act.

                   The Council of Australian Governments agreed, in February 1994, to general principles of competition policy reform to enable third parties, in particular circumstances, to gain access to essential facilities.

                   The Council of Australian Governments, as part of that commitment to reform, agreed to more specific proposals for the development of free and fair trade in natural gas.

                   The Commonwealth, the States of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory agreed in November 1997 to the enactment of legislation in the Commonwealth and those States and Territories so that a uniform national framework applies for third party access to all gas pipelines that:

                     (a)  facilitates the development and operation of a national market for natural gas; and

                     (b)  prevents abuse of monopoly power; and

                     (c)  promotes a competitive market for natural gas in which customers may choose suppliers, including producers, retailers and traders; and

                     (d)  provides rights of access to natural gas pipelines on conditions that are fair and reasonable for the owners and operators of gas transmission and distribution pipelines and persons wishing to use the services of those pipelines; and

                     (e)  provides for resolution of disputes.

The Parliament of Australia enacts: