Stage 1

Stage 1: Initial consideration of a request for the making of a Rule

1.1 Who may request a Rule? (section 295 of the NGL)

Subject to limited exceptions, any person may request the making of a Rule.

A request for a rule regulating:

The AEMC may only initiate the Rule making process without a request if

1.2 Contents of requests for a Rule (section 298 of the NGL)

A request for the making of a Rule must be made in writing to the AEMC. Guidelines to assist proponents with the preparation of a request for a Rule can be found in the AEMC's Guidelines for proponents preparing a Rule Change proposal gas (PDF).

1.3 What must a request for a Rule contain? (section 298 of the NGL & the Regulations)

A request for the making of a Rule must contain information prescribed by the Regulations.

For example:

1.4 Initial consideration by the AEMC of a request for a Rule (section 301 of the NGL)

The AEMC will consider whether a request for the making of a Rule:

Having regard to these matters, the AEMC may make a decision not to proceed with the proponent's request.

If the AEMC makes a decision not to proceed with the request, it will:

1.5 Consolidation of 2 or more Rule requests (section 300 of the NGL)

If the AEMC considers it necessary or desirable that 2 or more requests for the making of a Rule should be dealt with together, it may treat these requests as 1 request under the Rule making process. The AEMC may also treat any later request as a submission in relation to the earliest request for the making of a Rule. This is designed to allow the AEMC to streamline the Rule making process.