Gas Safety Regulations 2019 - Have your say

The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing opportunities for community involvement in the development of Government policy and we are seeking your input on the draft Gas Safety Regulations 2019 (pdf, 1.1 MB).

A four week period of public consultation on the draft Regulations is now open.

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

The Gas Safety Act received Royal Assent on the 9 April 2019. This draft statutory rule continues the establishment of a regulatory framework that maximises the long-term growth of the gas industry in Tasmania, whilst providing sufficient regulatory certainty to attract investment.

The draft Gas Safety Regulations 2019 effectively replace the Gas Safety Regulations 2014 and Gas Pipelines Regulations 2014.

The current legislation has not kept pace with developments in areas such as non‑traditional gas supply and utilisation including Hydrogen and Biogas, and stationary gas engines, so safety legislation needed to be strengthened to enable more effective monitoring of these activities.

What’s new

The Gas Safety Regulations 2019 contain combined and consolidated provisions of the Gas Safety Regulations 2014 and Gas Pipelines Regulations 2014, however opportunities existed to rectify current anomalies, reduce red tape where risk was not proportionate to regulatory burden and reflect current regulatory and industry best practice.

Examples of this include:

  • Removal of certain obligations on industry and government that are not conducive to efficient decision making, and can place barriers to investment in projects including:
    • class 1a buildings from the interpretation of Standard gas Installation of  a Prescribed Class
    • Increase the Mj required for installations in certain classes of buildings before being interpenetrated as Complex Gas Installations
  • Provide safety regimes for emerging gases e.g. compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), biogas and hydrogen
  • Allow for enforceable codes of practice to cover emerging technology not already covered in legislation or standards
  • Allow for infringement notice provisions to better regulate safety outcomes
  • 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.
  • Clarification of interpretations

A copy of the Gas Safety Bill 2018 can be downloaded at http://www.parliament.tas.gov.au/bills/Bills2018/reprint/41_of_2018.pdf

How to make a submission

We must receive all written submissions on the draft Gas Safety Regulations 2019 by COB on 23 August 2019.

You can make your submission either online, by email or by post.

Submit online

your can upload only docx, doc or pdf and not larger than 10 MB

Important: By submitting your file, you agree to publish it on this website.

Email

Email your submission to haveyoursay@justice.tas.gov.au

Post

Mail your submission to:

Gas Safety Regulations Review
Consumer, Building and Occupational Services
PO Box 56
Rosny  TAS 7018

Publishing submissions

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on the Department of Justice website.

Submissions will be published once the Government’s consideration of submissions has concluded.

Submissions will be published once the Government’s consideration of submissions has concluded.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

For further information, please read the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy (external link).

Important information to note

  1. Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
  2. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.
  3. If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission, clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
  4. Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.
  5. The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

The Government cannot, however, take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.

Timeline

Consultation opens

18-Jul-2019

Consultation closes

23-Aug-2019

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