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GSI Rule Changes
The IMO maintains and develops the GSI Rules.
All Rule Change Proposals being developed by the IMO can be found here.
All Rule Change Proposals commenced by the IMO can be found here.
All Rule Change Proposals rejected by the IMO can be found here.
All Rule Change Proposals not progressed by the IMO can be found here.
All concept papers considered by the GAB can be found here.
Rule Change Process
The GSI Rules provide for anyone to propose a Rule Change Proposal by completing a Rule Change Proposal Form or Concept Paper Proposal Form. To facilitate the development of proposals and enable orderly consideration of proposals, the IMO recommends external parties wishing to propose a rule change to first contact the IMO to discuss the issue to be addressed. These discussions will also assist proponent to frame the proposal and identify how the rule change will further enable achievement of the GSI Objectives.
Usually the Gas Advisory Board (GAB) considers proposals in the early stages (i.e. concept papers and pre-Rule Change Proposals) informally before they are submitted into the formal process.
Once formally submitted, the Rule Change Proposal will be processed according to the process in the GSI Rules. A Rule Change Proposal can be processed using either the standard or the fast track process.
The Standard Rule Change Process includes two rounds of consultation and will usually take around 19 weeks. It involves consultation on a draft report published by the IMO prior to the publication of a final report. In consulting on a Rule Change Proposal, the IMO may convene the Gas Advisory Board, meet with interested parties, procure technical advisers, and/or establish a technical working group drawing on industry representatives if this is considered necessary to appropriately develop or evaluate changes.
The Fast Track Rule Change Process is a shorter process that normally takes around five weeks to complete and is used when the proposed change is:
- of a minor or procedural nature;
- required to correct a manifest error; or
- urgently required and is essential for the effective operation of the Gas Bulletin Board.
The IMO's decision on whether to accept a rule change proposal, and its reasons, will be published together with a time and date when the accepted Amending Rules will come into force.
If the Rule Change relates to a Protected Provision (see rule 144 of the GSI Rules), the IMO must seek the Minister for Energy's approval.
Any person may submit a concept paper for consideration by the GAB. The purpose of a concept paper is to foster analysis and discussion of complex issues that can affect the Western Australian gas market, GSI Rules and the GSI Objectives.
A person wishing to provide a submission to the GAB should contact the IMO to discuss the issue and then submit the completed Gas Concept Paper Proposal Form.
Gas Concept Paper Proposal Form [232kB]
Any person may make a Rule Change Proposal by completing and submitting the Gas Rule Change Proposal Form below.
Gas Rule Change Proposal Form [233kB]
This form is published in accordance with rule 130 of the GSI Rules.
Any Rule Change Proposal must include details as to how the amendments would allow the GSI Rules to better address the GSI Objectives, which are:
- the security, reliability and availability of the supply of natural gas in the State;
- the efficient operation and use of natural gas services in the State;
- the efficient investment in natural gas services in the State; and
- the facilitation of competition in the use of natural gas services in the State.
Any person can make a submission relating to a Rule Change Proposal progressed in accordance with the GSI Rules during the period indicated for public submissions. All submissions must reach IMO before 5:00 PM (WST) on the final submission date, unless otherwise noted. A submission must clearly state which Rule Change Proposal is being addressed, using the IMO reference number. Please relate each submission to a single Rule Change Proposal.
The IMO prefers to receive submissions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the submission form below:
Gas Rule Change Submission Form [226kB]
All concept papers, pre-Rules Change Proposals, Rule Change Proposals and submissions should be sent to:
Independent Market Operator
PO Box 7096
Cloisters Square, Perth, WA 6850
Phone: (08) 9254 4300
Fax: (08) 9254 4399