Electricity and Gas Distributors

Energy networks are responsible for the infrastructure that supplies the end user. Each network is responsible for a given district within a state. End user energy pricing does vary between networks in the same state.

Network charges have risen substantially over the last 10 years, when governments ordered the networks to upgrade their ageing infrastructure. Unlike retail charges, network charges are a non-contestable component of energy costs.

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is responsible for overseeing the reliable and cost-effective operation of network and pipeline service providers. This ensures end-users can access energy when necessary. The regulator also has final approval of changes with network charges.

 

Australian Gas Network Map

There is an interconnected pipeline network covering Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

Transmission Pipelines – transport gas from processing and storage facilities to the domestic market. Distribution Networks – deliver gas from the transmission pipelines to industrial customers.