The Association was first established in 1968 and began primarily as an association representing contractor interests. During the mid-1970s, however, it became apparent to many within the rapidly expanding and changing pipeline industry that a structure bringing together and representing all sectors of the industry would be more beneficial to the industry participants. And so, the basis of the present-day association was created and it has now grown to a diverse membership base with more than 400 members including contractors, owners, operators, advisers and engineering companies and suppliers of pipeline products and services.
Until March 2015, the association was known as the Australian Pipeline Industry Association. In 2015, the name was changed to the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) in recognition of the significance of its continuing contribution to gas policy development.
For most of its history, APGA was managed through a part-time secretariat, however, this changed in January 1998 when the organisation moved to Canberra, employing a full-time Chief Executive and administrative team comprising a Business Manager, Membership Officer, Functions/Administration Officer and an Accounts Administrator. In 2007, a full time Policy Adviser was appointed to enable APGA to comment and advise on the increasing number of issues facing the industry and its members.
In 2010 the Australian Gas Industry Trust decided to change the management of its secretariat, and asked APGA to provide this service. As a result of this decision and, due to an overall expansion of APGA’s operations, a full-time Business and Finance Officer was appointed to provide these services under APGA’s contract with the AGIT and to provide overall administrative support to the APGA Business Manager.
In 2013, APGA’s employed a Training and Communication Manager to enable an increase in the development and implementation of its work in knowledge transfer and training development. And in late 2014, a second Policy Manager was employed due to the increasing amount of advocacy and policy development the association was undertaking.
Over this time, APGA and its members have successfully managed tremendous growth in the length and capacity of Australia’s transmission pipeline system which has more than trebled from 9000km in 1989, to over 17,000km in 2001, to 33,186km today.