Project status: Open

The regulation to prevent new gas network connections is a significant change for the ACT community. The electrification of our city is a change that will happen over time, but we need to start now by preventing new sources of fossil fuel gas use.

We need your help to design a regulation for the prevention of new residential and commercial gas network connections, so we can make sure the regulation considers the impacts of a change like this for ACT homes, businesses, industry and community groups.

Public consultation is now open so you can tell us what you think. The purpose of this consultation is to:

  • Make sure the new regulation considers the impacts of a change like this on all members of our community.
  • Get your feedback on the issues we have already identified, and for you to tell us about things we may not have considered yet.
  • Support the development of an Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) that reflects the views, concerns and interests of the ACT community and stakeholders. A draft IEP is planned to be released for community consultation in the second half of 2023.

What’s being proposed?

The Issues Paper outlines a preferred position of an initial regulation prohibiting all new fossil fuel gas network connections in residential and commercial areas across the Territory. This approach would allow continued connections in industrial areas until a further regulation was made.

The preferred approach would use the Territory Plan zones to determine whether the regulation applies and would create a process for seeking an exemption from the regulation.

The ACT Government plans for a regulation to commence in November 2023 (or as soon as practicable thereafter), and feedback on transition, implementation arrangements and exemptions is sought.

What are the main issues?

The key issues we have identified and are seeking feedback on are:

  • identifying land or premises that are subject to the regulation
  • determining the types of land and premises to be included in initial regulation
  • application of the regulation to greenfield and infill developments, including renovations and knock-down rebuilds
  • exemptions to the regulation
  • reporting
  • commencement date
  • transition period and considerations

The full Issues Paper is available here.

A summary version of the Issues Paper is available here.

How to have your say

Consultations are open until 20 April 2023.

We welcome all members of the ACT community to have a say on the new regulation.

You can provide ideas and feedback in a number of ways, including:

  • Complete an online survey

    Use the guided survey to provide your views about each of the main issues being considered to develop the new regulation.

    Complete the survey 
  • Watch a webinar for community members

    A community webinar was held on Tuesday 14 March 2023.

    The webinar provided the opportunity for the community to find out more about the proposed regulation, hear from a panel of speakers, and provide feedback on the key issues.

    Panel speakers included:

    • Dr Thomas Longden, ANU Climate Change Institute
    • Shannon Battisson, ACT resident and Director at Mill Design Architects
    • A representative from the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate in the ACT Government.
    View a recording of the webinar 
  • Watch a webinar for stakeholders

    A stakeholder webinar was held on Friday 17 March 2023. The webinar provided an opportunity for stakeholders to hear more about the proposed regulation, views from a panel of speakers and share their feedback on what is being proposed.

    Panel speakers included:

    • Michael Hopkins, CEO of the Master Builders Association of the ACT
    • Davina Rooney, CEO Green Building Council Australia; and
    • representatives from the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate in the ACT Government.
    View a recording of the webinar 

How we will use your feedback

We will use your feedback to help design and inform the new regulation. We will also use it to help us develop the ACT’s Integrated Energy Plan, which will guide our transition towards full electrification.

Integrated Energy Plan

We would like to highlight that this consultation is the first stage in ACT’s journey to electrifying the Territory, and is specifically focused on the regulation to prevent new gas connections.

We understand that the community is deeply interested in the broader energy transition and providing feedback on that. There will be an opportunity for you to have your say as part the bigger transition approach.

This is being captured as part of the development of our ‘Integrated Energy Plan’. The Government will release a draft integrated energy plan in 2023, that will outline the governments proposed pathway to electrification.

Community feedback will be sought on the draft plan.

The plan will have a focus on the following themes:

  • Supporting households with lower incomes and renters
  • Transitioning complex buildings
  • Finding alternatives for specific gas requirements
  • Opportunities for the workforce and economy
  • The future of the gas network
  • Role of batteries and electric vehicles.

Community consultation on the Integrated Energy Plan is anticipated to commence in the second half of 2023.