Uniting Communities supports the Australian Gas Networks revised Access Arrangement proposal, recognising that AGN has accepted all elements of the AER’s draft decision.
The AGN approach to the Draft Decision provides a useful basis upon which the mechanics of some type of ‘fast track’ process could be considered in the near future.
We highlight our experience that AGN has continued to engage actively with us as a consumer organisation since the Access Arrangement was lodged, validating their claims of commitment to ongoing engagement with consumer interests and stakeholders.
With regard to considerations throughout this AA process regarding the proposal to develop an innovation allowance, we are increasingly supportive of this concept and note AGN’s demonstrated commitment to exploring options for innovation. Consideration of an innovation allowance is an ideal topic that should be the focus of engagement and development under “AER 2.0.”

See full submission here: AER re AGN revised proposal final Sept 2017