Household gas pricing

The Western Australian Government regulates natural gas prices for small use customers serviced by the main gas distribution systems.

Natural gas prices for small use customers (consuming less than one terajoule per annum) serviced by gas distribution systems in the Mid West/South West, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Albany supply areas are subject to regulation. A gas retailer must have a gas trading licence issued by the Economic Regulation Authority to sell gas to these customers.

The Energy Coordination (Gas Tariffs) Regulations 2000 provide for a regulated price cap on tariffs that retailers can charge small use customers.

The regions within which the regulated price caps apply includes Geraldton and surrounding areas, Carnamah, Perth metropolitan area extending north to Gingin and south to Busselton. Regulated gas tariff caps do not apply to the reticulated LPG systems in Margaret River, Leinster and Esperance, or to bottled gas.

Gas retailers that supply large users are not bound by the regulated price caps.

In addition to the regulated price cap on gas tariffs, gas retailers may charge additional fees. The Government does not regulate these additional charges.

Choice of Retailer

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Small use customers can chose to buy natural gas from any licensed gas retailer. These retailers cannot charge above the regulated price cap when offering to supply small-use customers under a standard form contract.  The retailers can however offer lower prices through non-standard form contracts.

Further information is available in the Economic Regulation Authority’s guide:

Residential pricing

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All regulated gas tariff cap prices below are current as of 1 July 2019.

Mid-West/South-West area
    Charges
Current
1 July 2019
Previous
1 July 2018
    Supply charge - cents per day 21.98 21.69
    First 12 units/day - cents per unit 15.18 14.98
    Over 12 units/day - cents per unit 13.69 13.51

 

Kalgoorlie-Boulder area
    Charges
Current
1 July 2019
Previous
1 July 2018
    Supply charge - cents per day 49.43 48.78
    Energy charge - cents per unit 14.09 13.90

 

Albany area
    Charges
Current
1 July 2019
Previous
1 July 2018
    Supply charge - cents per day 23.73 23.42
    Extra dwellings - cents per day 11.86 11.70
    Energy charge - cents per unit 17.26 17.03

*A unit of gas | 3.6 Megajoules, equivalent to 1 kilowatt hour.

Contact

Energy Policy WA
Telephone:
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Page reviewed 5 September 2019