In late 2013, Gas Industry Co called for nominations for an industry working group, the Registry Amendments Project Team (RAPT), to review, and consider changes to, the Switching Rules and the Registry. The project was motivated by recommendations from several audits under the Reconciliation Rules that additional metering information should be added to the Registry. The RAPT discussed this proposal along with a broader list of suggested improvements to the Rules and the Registry.
The outcome was a Statement of Proposal, released by Gas Industry Co in August 2014, followed by a Recommendation to the Minister to amend the Rules released in December 2014. These documents can be found below in Related Documents. The proposed amendments support the purpose of the Rules and the Registry, and in particular seek to:
- increase the accuracy and efficiency of retailers’ conversion of metered volumes to energy by adding additional metering fields to the Registry;
- increase oversight of the quality and maintenance of information in the Registry by requiring Registry participants to undergo performance audits;
- better align switching for dual fuel customers by reducing the maximum timeframe for gas switches from 23 business days to 10 business days; and
- make minor amendments to the switch process and the ICP life cycle to better reflect the reality of commercial arrangements in the gas market.
The Minister approved the Recommendation in early March 2015 and implementation began in mid-March, with a subsequent go live in mid-September. The six-month implementation project focused on detailed functional design, user acceptance testing of the Registry changes, participants’ testing of their own system enhancements and a simultaneous industry-wide data cleansing project of gas metering data. Further information on the implementation of these amendments can be found on the Registry Amendments Implementation (2014) page.