APGA Committees

APGA manages many issues on behalf of members, including: economic regulation of gas transmission pipelines, environmental challenges, heritage protection, safety standards and requirements, operations, and challenges and opportunities for water pipelines.

APGA’s Research and Standards Committee conducts internationally recognised research programs and has developed (with regulators) the highly regarded national standard, AS 2885.

APGA Committees

Members of APGA’s committees play a critical role in helping the secretariat to develop policies and provide relevant information on current and future issues affecting the industry.

The members who volunteer their energy and ideas help to ensure the best possible outcome for the committees’ work on representations to government and the development of policies and ideas for the industry. The committees help to increase the awareness and understanding of Australia’s modern, competitive pipeline industry.

Importantly, the committees do not work in isolation. The commitment and involvement of the APGA Board and Secretariat together with committee members ensures the committees focus on work that is of immediate concern to the industry, and the results are shared for the benefit of members.

Members who have a strong commitment to the industry and who want to help ensure a positive future for the industry can nominate to participate on a committee by contacting the APGA secretariat.

See the latest version of the APGA Committee Organisational Chart.

POG was established in 1977 to make the best use of resources and information about the design and operation of high-pressure, long-distance hydrocarbon pipelines, and formally came under the APGA umbrella in 1998.

POG’s primary objective is to improve pipeline operation safety and efficiency and, as a result, contribute to increased public safety. The Group manages the APGA Pipeline Incident Database, arranges an Annual Seminar on issues of interest to pipeline operators, and encourages visits to other members’ facilities.

For further information about the work of the Pipeline Operators Group click here.

APGA Pipeline Corridor Committee

The APGA Pipeline Corridor Committee is focused on ensuring the pipeline industry is recognised by State and Territory planning authorities and developers as a key stakeholder in planning decisions.

Our industry’s involvement in planning is critical – from Dial Before You Dig to the encroachment of high density development on rural land – the impact of planning changes near gas transmission pipelines has implications not only for our industry, but also for the safety of the wider community.

For more information click here.

APGA Health, Safety and Environment Committee

The Australian pipeline industry has an enviable safety record thanks to the efforts of many members over many years. The commitment to and respect for environment is also high among member companies. There is a wealth of data in the Safety Statistics and the APGA Code of Environmental Practice is widely respected.

For more information click here.

APGA Research and Standards Committee

Since the early 1980s, the Australian pipeline industry has had a small but targeted research program managed by volunteers from a number of pipeline companies. By working cooperatively and contributing their own resources, the APGA Research and Standards Committee members are investing in the research which is helping to address key health, safety and pipeline longevity issues for the future of the industry.

For more information on the APGA-RSC’s work click here.

The APGA Research and Standards Committee has forged strong links with international pipeline research organisations and is today benefiting from those collaborations through shared research findings and participation in the world’s most important pipeline research forum – the Joint Technical Meeting. For more information about the Joint Technical Meeting click here.

A key achievement of the APGA Research and Standards Committee is the establishment of the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre – a partnership between industry (through APGA), universities and the Australian Government. More information about the Energy Pipelines CRC is available here.

APGA Pipeline Owners Committee

The owners of Australia’s gas transmission infrastructure play a critical role in APGA’s dealings with government. The five major transmission companies are represented at a senior level on the Owners Committee and at a policy level on the Energy Policy Committee. (see below)

The Owners Committee underlines and strengthens APGA’s messages to politicians and senior bureaucrats, while the Energy Policy Committee works with the APGA secretariat in the development of policies that impact on transmission companies, and through that impact also influence the rest of the industry.

The APGA Pipeline Owners Committee is a powerful voice for the industry at a senior government level, as well as a critical conduit for information and feedback to and from key industry decision-makers.

For more information click here.

APGA Energy Policy Committee

Established in 1998, the-then Regulatory Affairs Committee helped our industry manage the introduction of a major industry-specific reform, the National Gas Code.

Today, as well as dealing with industry-specific issues, the APGA Energy Policy Committee addresses the impact on our industry of some of the most challenging policy debates occurring across our nation.

From the Energy White Paper to the Clean Energy Future, the Energy Policy Committee is working hard to deliver better outcomes for the industry.

For more information click here.

APGA Young Pipeliners Forum

The Young Pipeliners Forum (YPF) was established to provide a forum for all young people (nominally under 35 years of age), working within APGA member companies in the pipeline industry to exchange ideas, network and share information about pipeline industry-related issues.

The YPF initiative started in Canberra with a Young People’s Forum in May 2006 and has now expanded across Australia and into New Zealand. State-based YPF committees organise events and a representative from each of these committees participates in the national YPF committee.

For more information and details on upcoming YPF events click here.

APGA WA Chapter

The tyranny of distance and time zones across our continent can impact on the way we do business. The Chapter helps the APGA secretariat to organise the many events held in the West and provides a useful link between the Secretariat and the APGA members based across the Nullabor.

For more information and details on forthcoming events click here.

APGA Contractors Committee

Pipeline construction contractors were also the original creators of our industry association. In 1968, pipeline construction contractors formed a networking organisation for members, which expanded in the mid-1970s to include all sectors of the industry, forming the basis of what is today known as the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association.

Today, almost five four decades on, the APGA Contractors’ Committee remains an important networking opportunity for APGA’s originators.

Meeting at the APGA Annual Convention, the Contractors’ Committee discusses a range of issues affecting members, including workplace relations and research.

IGE Committee

The IGE Committee meets on a regular basis to organise forums, information sessions and events.  The committee encourages active participation and open feedback from all industry participants that will help shape the IGE Action Plan.

For more information on the IGE Committee, click here.

For more information on APGA committees, contact the APGA Secretariat on 02 6273 0577.

Last updated on 11 Oct 2018 by kspence