Membership

Overview

APGA is the peak industry body for the transmission pipeline industry in Australia.  The association represents companies and individuals operating over a wide range of sectors.  Our membership includes construction contractors, some government regulators, manufacturers and distributors of equipment and materials, pipeline owners and operators as well as suppliers of special services.   Our membership is expanding with gas production companies increasingly participating and companies from the water and waste water sectors now attending our events and joining the association.

Benefits of Membership

Membership of APGA provides extensive networking opportunities and access to useful information about the industry. With more than 25 annual functions, members and their guests learn about new developments and opportunities in the industry. APGA membership also increases the industry’s influence in the national energy debate and in the development of government policy, including regulatory matters, that impact on profitability and future investment in transmission pipelines.

APGA’s committees are proactive, providing information exchange, active engagement in policy development and access to new developments in the industry.

APGA members receive regular updates from the Secretariat and a free copy of The Australian Pipeliner. Full APGA members receive a free listing in the APGA Directory/Year Book (both in the printed and online versions).

The APGA Annual Conference and Exhibition is the main event in the calendar of the pipeline industry providing opportunities for participants from all sectors of the industry to exhibit their goods to major companies and decision-makers.

APGA lobbies government at all levels on issues relevant to the industry and, through the Research and Standards committee, in partnership with the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre, co-ordinates internationally recognised research in conjunction with the US-based Pipeline Research Council International Inc (PRCI) and the European Pipeline Research Group (EPRG).

APGA has developed a Code of Practice for the Coal Seam Gas industry’s gathering lines, undertaken policy work on climate change, environmental management and economic and technical regulation and established a successful and innovative Young Pipeliners Forum, with YPF committees in each state conducting educational tours, networking events and mentoring sessions for our young people.  We also provide grants to young people to travel internationally to further their education and experience.

Categories of Membership

APGA has six levels of membership: Owner, Lead, Corporate, Individual, Employee and Honorary Life Membership. The first three categories are classed as Full Membership, which entitles holders to a broader range of services, allows the member a vote for Board Membership and also allows a member’s representative to stand for the APGA Board of Directors.

Owner Members

Our Owner Members are our gas transmission companies that own major Australian long-distance high-pressure transmission pipelines.

Member Benefits

  • Full voting rights
  • May register three (3) subsidiary companies that can utilise the Subsidiary Member’s benefits
  • The right to nominate representatives to committees of interest to them
  • Nomination of up to ten (10) Employee Members without additional charge
  • Free copy of any special publication issued by APGA
  • Permission to use the APGA logo and statement on corporate letterhead
  • Special recognition in the annual Convention program and in the APGA Directory/Year Book
  • Complimentary attendance of one member of their staff at the Annual Convention
  • Complimentary attendance of two members of their staff at all other APGA functions, including lunches, dinners and seminars
  • A membership plaque
  • Nominate their appointed representative to stand for election to the Board of Directors
  • All employees are eligible to attend seminars, conventions and functions at member rates
  • First right to select exhibition space at the Annual Convention & Exhibition
  • Member rates available on all APGA publications and events
  • All employees are eligible to apply for employee membership
  • Discount on exhibition stands at seminars and the annual Convention
  • Free copy of The Australian Pipeliner, the Association’s official quarterly publication
  • Free copy of the APGA Directory/Year Book
  • Free listing in the APGA Directory/Year Book, and access to advertising in this publication
  • Access to the ‘Members Only’ section of the web page, which includes access to conference and seminar papers
  • Any other rights as determined by the Board.

Owner Membership fees    

Fees for Owner Members are based on the length of transmission pipelines owned by the applicant and are available on application. Application Form.

Lead Members

Lead Members are major operating companies or other large, influential companies who choose to demonstrate their commitment to the pipeline industry.

Member Benefits

  • Full voting rights
  • May register two (2) subsidiary companies that can utilise the Subsidiary Member’s benefits
  • The right to nominate representatives to committees of interest to them
  • Nomination of up to three (3) Employee Members without additional charge
  • Free copy of any special publication issued by APGA
  • Permission to use the APGA logo and statement on corporate letterhead
  • Special recognition in the annual Convention program and in the APGA Directory/Year Book
  • 50 per cent discount on attendance of one member of their staff at the Annual Convention
  • Complimentary attendance of one member of their staff at all other APGA functions, including lunches, dinners and seminars
  • A membership plaque
  • Nominate their appointed representative to stand for election to the Board of Directors
  • All employees are eligible to attend seminars, conventions and functions at member rates
  • Member rates available on all APGA publications and events
  • All employees are eligible to apply for employee membership
  • First right to select exhibition space at the annual Convention & Exhibition
  • Discount on exhibition stands at seminars and the Annual Convention
  • Free copy of The Australian Pipeliner, the Association’s official quarterly publication
  • Free copy of the APGA Directory/Year Book
  • Free listing in the APGA Directory/Year Book; and access to advertising space in this publication
  • Access to the ‘Members Only’ section of the web page, including access to conference and seminar papers
  • Any other rights as determined by the Board.

Lead Membership Fee for 2014-2015

The fees for Lead Members are on the Application Form.

Subsidiary Members

Subsidiary Membership of APGA is available to a limited number of organisations that are subsidiary companies of either Owner or Lead Members.  Member benefits for Subsidiary Members are available on application.

Corporate Members

Corporate Members are large and small companies that operate in the pipeline industry or have an involvement in the industry.

Member Benefits

  • Corporate Membership is for the exclusive benefit of the registered member company; member benefits may not be used for subsidiary or parent companies of different names
  • May nominate their appointed representative to stand for election to the Board of Directors
  • All employees are eligible to attend seminars, conventions and functions at member rates
  • Member rates available on all APGA publications and events
  • All employees are eligible to apply for employee membership
  • Discount on exhibition stands at seminars and the Annual Convention
  • Free copy of The Australian Pipeliner, the Association’s official quarterly publication
  • Free copy of the APGA Directory/Year Book
  • Free listing in the APGA Directory/Year Book; and ability to advertise in this publication
  • A membership certificate
  • Access to the ‘Members Only’ section of the web page, including access to conference and seminar papers

Corporate Membership Fees for 2014-2015

The fees for Corporate Members are on the Application Form.

Individual Members

Open to any individual consultant with an interest in the pipeline industry.

Member Benefits

  • Free copy of The Australian Pipeliner
  • Free copy of the APGA Directory/Year Book
  • Member rates available on all APGA publications and events
  • A membership certificate
  • Access to the ‘Members Only’ section of the website
  • All relevant information circulars received by Corporate Members.

Individual Membership Fee for 2014-2015             

The fees for Individual Members are on the Application Form.

Employee Membership

Open to employees of full members of APGA. This category was introduced to enable employees of members to remain informed about APGA matters.

Member Benefits

  • Free copy of The Australian Pipeliner
  • Free copy of the APGA Directory/Year Book
  • Member rates available on all APGA publications and events
  • All relevant information circulars received by Corporate Members.

Employee Membership Fee for 2014- 2015

The fees for Employee Members are on the Application Form.

Honorary Life Membership

Conferred on persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the Company or the pipeline industry.

Support for the Industry Issues

As a member of APGA, you are supporting an organisation that is making a valuable contribution to the Australian pipeline industry. APGA is committed to the continuing development of the industry.

Networking Opportunities

APGA runs many functions throughout the year, including seminars (both technical and issues-related), dinners, luncheons, and an Annual Convention and Exhibition. These events provide members with valuable networking opportunities with their peers in the industry, attracting a high level of interest from all sectors. The events also provide access to information relevant to the pipeline industry. Members are eligible for discounted prices to attend all APGA functions.

Promotion and Advertising

APGA provides the industry with many opportunities to promote their services to other members and the industry as a whole. Members receive discounts on some of these opportunities.

Exhibition

The Exhibition, held in conjunction with the Annual Convention, is an ideal opportunity for companies to display and promote their services to a targeted audience. The Exhibition runs for two days and one evening, and includes significant opportunities for delegates to visit stands and discuss needs and opportunities with exhibitors. Full Members receive generous discounts to participate in APGA’s Exhibition.

Sponsorship Opportunities

APGA provides members with the opportunity to sponsor events. Opportunities range from low-cost sponsorship at a dinner function for an audience ranging from 80 to 400 people to larger sponsorships of major functions at the Annual Convention. All sponsorships provide opportunities for the sponsor to promote their company to attendees.

Publications

The Australian Pipeliner

The Australian Pipeliner is APGA’s official quarterly publication. This full-colour magazine, managed and operated by Great Southern Press on behalf of APGA, is circulated to over 3,000 industry leaders and professionals. On joining, full members are encouraged to submit an editorial profiling their company to be published in the magazine. It is the only Australian content-based pipelines-focused magazine published in Australia, and is an informative and useful industry publication. Content includes reports on APGA’s activities, information about technical standards, industry news, information about members and their employees, regulatory information and updates, products and services, construction information, project development updates and technical papers. All APGA members receive a copy of this publication as part of their membership.

APGA Directory/Year Book

The APGA Directory/Year Book is published annually and lists all members of the Association. Members can locate information quickly and efficiently about others in the industry. The Directory is circulated widely to industry professionals, government departments and agencies, and internationally. It is also published on the APGA website and at www.pipeliner.com.au

Full Members receive a complimentary listing in the Directory (printed and web versions) and can include information about their company’s activities.

Activities

APGA has an active Young Pipeliners Forum that meets regularly to develop ideas for information exchange and provide networking opportunities for younger members.

APGA’s committees are active across a range of issues that affect the industry, relating to safety, the environment, climate change, research, contractor issues, operations and regulation.

Conference Papers

With its many seminars and the Annual Convention, APGA publishes a number of papers and proceedings with information relevant to the industry. Full Members can download papers from APGA’s website free of charge.

Website

APGA has established a comprehensive website at apia.uat.gruden.com

The ‘Members Only’ section is password protected. The public section of the website includes information on upcoming events, media releases, information about natural gas, government submissions, key speeches, industry information, convention and membership information, and links to relevant industry sites. Members can access, dependent upon category of membership: conference papers, publications, committee information and newsletters. The website serves as a key information base for the industry.

Board of Directors Representation

Full Members are entitled to nominate their appointed representative to stand for election to APGA’s Board of Directors.

Voting Rights

All Full Member representatives have the right to vote on any resolution put to the members, and are entitled to the rights prescribed for Full Members of APGA.

Last updated on 4 Aug 2014 by gthaurer@apia.asn.au