Legislative requirements, standards and codes for petroleum and gas

This information details the legislative requirements, including safety requirements, standards and codes, for the petroleum and gas industry in Queensland. For additional information, read the technical guidelines for operating plant and the technical guidelines for gas work.

The new Petroleum and Gas (Safety) Regulation 2018 is now in effect. Find out what's changed for businesses and gas licence or authorisation holders.

Legislative requirements

Your prescribed safety obligations are detailed in:

The Regulation lists safety requirements including standards, codes and other documents. These are listed as being either:

  • mandatory - you must comply with the document in order to comply with the safety requirement
  • preferred - you do not need to comply with the document; however, you must have written evidence that your alternative provides a level of risk that is equal or less than would be achieved by complying with the preferred standard.

If an alternative means of compliance is considered, you are required to give the Chief Inspector written notice of the following:

  • a statement about why conformity cannot occur
  • and
  • evidence demonstrating that the level of risk from the alternative solution is less than, or equal to, what will be that which would be achieved by complying with the preferred standard.

Email your notice to gassafe@dnrme.qld.gov.au.


Australian standards and ISO standards listed in the Petroleum and Gas (Safety) Regulation 2018 can be purchased from SAI Global.

Codes of practice: Exploring for and producing petroleum

Codes of practice listed in the Regulation can be downloaded below.