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Gas Regulatory Framework Review

Why review the legislation

The Tasmanian Government is undertaking a review of the gas regulatory framework to ensure our regulation across gas infrastructure, gas installations and gas appliances remains contemporary and continues to provide for the efficient and safe development of the gas industry in Tasmania.

The Gas Act 2000 and Gas Pipelines Act 2000 have regulated the Tasmanian gas industry for over ten years. Both Acts have undergone minor amendments.  However there hasn’t been a substantial review of the legislation during this time.

This draft Bill will establish a regulatory framework that maximises the long-term growth of the gas industry in Tasmania, while providing sufficient regulatory certainty to attract investment.

The Consultation Draft Gas Safety Bill 2016 (and the Gas Supply Industry Bill 2016 being developed by the Department of State Growth) effectively replaces gas technical and safety regulation currently contained in the Gas Act 2000 and Gas Pipelines Act 2000.

This new package of legislation effectively separates out industry licensing, and gas technical and safety matters. This new Gas Safety Bill – in conjunction with the Gas Supply Industry Bill – clearly delineates powers and functions between administering agencies.

Comment on the Gas Supply Industry Bill is being sought separately by the Department of State Growth. A consultation draft of the Gas Supply Industry Bill 2016 will be provided to stakeholders in due course.

From a technical and safety perspective, the new Gas Safety Bill incorporates energy industry reforms such as Model Work Health and Safety, and Occupational Licensing laws.

New developments in areas of non–traditional gas supply and usage such as Biogas and stationary gas engines means that current legislation needs to keep pace.  Safety legislation needs to be strengthened to enable more effective monitoring of these activities.

What's new in the Gas Safety Bill 2016

Principally the Gas Safety Bill 2016 contains combined and consolidated provisions of the Gas Act 2000 and Gas Pipelines Act 2000. However we had the opportunity to rectify current anomalies, reduce red tape where risk wasn’t proportionate to regulatory burden, and reflect current regulatory and industry best practice.

Some examples include:

  • Removing certain obligations on industry and government that weren't conducive to efficient decision making, and placed barriers to investment in projects including:
    • Class 1a buildings from the definition of Standard Gas Installation of a Prescribed Class
    • Increase in the Mega Joules required before installations in certain classes of buildings become defined as a Complex Gas Installation
  • Aligning the Bill with Gas (Safety) Regulations 2014 amendments in respect to provisions captured from the repealed Dangerous Goods Act 1998, including automotive gas-fitting and LP Gas storage
  • Creating a fairer 'recover of costs' model for administration of the Act
  • Providing appropriate emergency powers and consultative mechanisms to ensure safety and security of gas infrastructure and installations before, during and after emergency or gas rationing situations
  • Providing safety regimes for emerging gases, for example compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG, biogas and hydrogen)
  • Allowing for enforceable Codes of Practice to cover emerging technology not already covered in legislation or Standards
  • Allowing for infringement notice provisions to better regulate safety outcomes
  • Enhancing energy security for the State and consumers
  • Allowing for flexibility to regulate the safety of reticulated and non-reticulated natural gas, LP Gas, Compressed Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, Biogas, Hydrogen Gas and any other gas that may emerge in the future
  • Clarifying definitions

The Gas Safety Bill 2016

A copy of the Gas Safety Bill 2016 can be downloaded (pdf, 993.7 KB)


Stakeholders and other interested parties were invited to provide feedback through a consultation process. This closed on Friday 19 February 2016.

The final Bills are expected to be tabled in September 2016.

For more information

Contact Andrew Ayton (Manager Gas Safety) on (03) 6477 7150 or email wstinfo@justice.tas.gov.au