Safety requirements for petroleum and gas activities

Petroleum and gas related activities in Queensland are regulated by the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (PDF, 3.6MB) and the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation 2004 (PDF, 1.3MB).

The Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate is responsible for regulating safety-related and technical-related compliance with the Act. It establishes safety and health legislation and standards, undertakes audits and inspections, and promotes and participates in safety and health education programs.

The Regulatory enforcement policy (PDF, 320KB) outlines how the Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate ensures consistent, fair and effective regulatory compliance of regulated entities.

Standards for petroleum and gas activities

Mandatory and preferred standards

Schedule 1 of the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation 2004 (PDF, 1.3MB) has a list of safety standards. Some are mandatory and others 'preferred'. Alternatives to 'preferred' standards are possible, as long as you can demonstrate that the alternative ensures that the level of risk is equal or less than would be achieved by complying with the preferred standard.

If you are considering an alternative to a preferred standard, you must notify us in writing before doing any work. Read the Guide to utilising an alternative means of compliance to a preferred standard under section 7 and 7A of the Regulation (PDF, 123KB) for details of what to include. Email your notice to gassafe@dnrm.qld.gov.au.

General gas installations

AS/NZS5601:2013 'Gas installations - general installations' is the main guide for ensuring compliance when designing, installing and testing general gas installations and gas systems in buildings, boats and caravans. It can be purchased from SAI Global.

AS/NZS5601:2013 was introduced in September 2013, replacing the 2010 standard. You can read a summary about the changes between the 2010 and 2013 standards for Part 1: General installations (PDF, 295KB) and Part 2: LP gas installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes (PDF, 287KB). These are provided as a guide only to help you transition to the new standard - you should read the standard itself for more information.

Storage and handling of LP gas

AS/NZS1596:2014 'The storage and handling of LP gas' is the gas industry's main guide for ensuring compliance in the storage and handling of LP gas. It can be purchased from SAI Global.

Hydrocarbon refrigerants

Read our guide to hydrocarbon refrigerants for details of standards and licensing requirements.

Codes of practice and guidelines

The following documents have been prepared by the Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate to help industry meet their safety obligations. Additional information is available in our gas licence and installer information guides and guide to operating plant and safety management plans.

Mandatory and preferred standards and codes for safety requirements are listed in Schedule 1 of the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation 2004 (PDF, 1.3MB) (the Regulation).

Complex gas installations

Industrial installations

LPG automotive sites

Operating plant

Pipelines

Petroleum wells and drilling operations

Petroleum and drilling technology guidance

More information

For more information, email gassafe@dnrm.qld.gov.au.