Gas systems in caravans and recreational vehicles

If you are an authorised gas installer working on gas systems installed in new or used caravans and recreational vehicles, you must comply with the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004.

You must hold an appropriate gas work licence or authorisation before you undertake any gas work – including the installation, removal, alteration, repair, servicing, testing or certification of a gas system in a caravan or recreational vehicle (including a boat).

Gas safety and compliance

The Guideline for gas safety and compliance: Caravans, camper trailers and recreational vehicles (PDF, 143KB) provides information for licensed gas installers, manufacturers, vehicle brokers, proprietors of vehicle sales yards, owners and potential owners about the standards and requirements for gas systems installed in caravans and recreational vehicles.

To help you understand these safety requirements, read the following:

Inspection and certification

The current safety requirement for gas system installation in a recreational vehicle (caravan, camper trailer or motorhome) is the 2020 edition of AS/NZS5601.2 Gas installations Part 2 LP Gas installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes.

A unique provision within the Queensland legislation (s113 of the P&G Regulation) requires gas systems in recreational vehicles to be inspected and certified prior to re-sale. Each year this provision generates a large volume of enquiries and complaints from gas work licence holders and the public.

Data obtained by the P&G Inspectorate shows that a high percentage of gas systems on recreational vehicles are found to be non-compliant and may not have been altered since the original installation.

New gas systems in recreational vehicles

During 2021/22, the Inspectorate is undertaking a project focused on gas safety and compliance of gas systems installed in 'new' recreational vehicles manufactured in Queensland. The project aims to encourage better gas safety and compliance within the Queensland recreational vehicle industry.

Gas safety and compliance for recreational vehicles is subject to the provisions of the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004, including the requirements for:

  • gas devices to be approved
  • gas work to be carried out by licensed persons
  • gas systems to comply with applicable safety requirements (AS/NZS5601.2).

The RVGS progress report (PDF, 706KB) was published in April 2022 to provide an overview of the project's progress, current findings, and recommendations to improve gas safety and compliance.

This project aims to achieve the important RSHQ vision of Zero Serious Harm, and was featured in the recent Industry Leaders' Briefing presentation from Chief Inspector Bill Date. View the video presentation segment.

Standards

Gas systems should comply with the requirements of the nationally recognised Australian standard 'AS/NZS5601.2 Gas installations, Part 2 LP gas systems in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes'. This standard was updated in 2020.

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