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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
- Code of conduct and guidelines for making approval - type B gas devices (PDF, 98KB) - for further information see our guide to Type B gas work authorisations
- Guide to design registration requirements for high-risk pressure equipment (PDF, 140KB)
- Guidelines for the use of unodourised gas (PDF, 83KB)
- Biomethane gas installations - safety legislative obligation (PDF, 213KB)
LPG automotive sites
- LP gas automotive retail outlets code of practice for safe operation (PDF, 534KB) - called up by s. 88C of the Regulation.
- Read our guide to operating plant and safety management plans for guidelines and other resources.
- The Australian Pipeline and Gas Association has prepared a code of practice for the installation of polyethylene coal seam gas gathering networks - called up in Schedule 1 of the Regulation
Petroleum wells and drilling operations
- Code of practice for coal seam gas well head emissions detection and reporting (PDF, 301KB) - called up in Schedule 1 of the Regulation
- Code of practice for constructing and abandoning coal seam gas wells and associated bores in Queensland (PDF, 576KB) - called up by s. 54AAA and Schedule 1 of the Regulation
- Code of Practice for the construction and abandonment of petroleum wells and associated bores in Queensland (PDF, 1.63MB)
- Competency standard for petroleum and gas well drilling and well servicing (PDF, 318KB) - called up by s. 54AA and Schedule 1 of the Regulation
Petroleum and drilling technology guidance
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- Last reviewed: 31 May 2016
- Last updated: 12 Apr 2017