Every year, APGA presents awards to individuals and companies in recognition of their services to the nation’s pipeline industry. The winners of the 2020 annual awards are will be announced at the APGA 2020 Virtual Convention.

In 2020, we introduced a new annual award, the APGA Diversity and Inclusion Award.

This means there are six annual awards.

  • The Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Pipeline Industry Award 
  • The Young Achievement Award
  • The Jeff Shepherd Construction Excellence Award
  • The APGA Safety Award
  • The APGA Environment Award
  • The APGA Diversity and Inclusion Award.

Nominations for this year's awards are now closed. This year's winners will be announced on the final day of the APGA Virtual Convention 2020: Friday 23 October.

APGA Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Pipeline Industry Award

The Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Pipeline Industry Award has been presented annually since 1995. It is awarded to individuals who have made major and sustained
contributions to the pipeline industry in any area of activity. The Award recognises a contribution over and above the call of duty to the entire industry – it does not aim to recognise contributions to a specific company.

Previous Winners of the Outstanding Contribution Award

YearOutstanding contributionYearOutstanding Contribution
2020Brian O'Sullivan2007Graeme Hogarth
2019Phil Colvin2006Bruce Andrews
2018Craig Bonar2005Garry Meally
2017Ashley Kellett2004Ian Haddow
2016Mick McCormack2003Max Kimber
2015Richard McDonough2002Philip Venton
2014Stephen Ohl2001John Balint
2013John Fleming2000Jeff Shepherd
2012Peter Tuft1999Bruce McCaul
2011Stephen Dykes1998Barry Wood
2010Robert Gration1997Ken Bilston
2009Andy Lukas1996Jim McDonald
2008Ted Metcalfe1995Leigh Fletcher

APGA Young Achievement Award

In 2000, the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association introduced an annual award to recognise the achievements of individuals under 35 years of age. The Young Achievement Award is awarded to an employee of an Owner, Lead or Corporate Member of APGA who has demonstrated a valuable and innovative contribution to the industry.

Past Winners of the Young Achievement Award

YearYoung AchievementYearYoung Achievement
2020Nick Kastelein2009Dan Morgan
2019Brendan McGuckin and Richard Morgan2008Lara Kayess
2018Clayton Warner2007Kristin Martin and
Leon Richards
2017Sally Commins2006David Maloney and
David Hayter
2016Simon Archibald2005Ben Rees and
Darren Stevenson
2015Tim Vesey2004Susan Jaques
2014Ryan Perez2003N/A
2013Ian Spence2002Stephen Lonergan
2012Scott Pearce2001Paul Maloney
2011Ben Cooper2000Jason Ward
2010Liz Brierley  

APGA Jeff Shepherd Construction Excellence Award

This award was established in 2015 to honour its namesake who was an inspirational figure in the pipeline construction industry over more than four decades. The award recognises excellence in the construction industry.

While physical construction is, naturally, acknowledged as a central part of the whole pipeline sector and innovation, safety and high quality is now formally recognised as part of the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Awards.

However, nominees need not be limited to the physical construction projects. Jeff Shepherd was also highly regarded for his mentoring and training skills, bringing young people through the industry and ensuring they received broad and deep experience. Jeff was instrumental in developing the next generation of leaders.

Past Winners of the Jeff Shepherd Award for Construction Excellence

YearJeff Shepherd Award for Construction Excellence
2020Graham Meers
2019Mark Bumpstead
2018Tony Tschappeller
2017Hugh Boyd
2016Phil Perkins
2015Mark Barrows

APGA Safety Award

Each year the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association presents a Safety Award to recognise the achievements of an APGA member in enhancing the safety of the pipeline industry and its personnel.

Past Winners of the Safety Award

YearSafety AwardYearSafety Award
2020APA Group2013Nacap Australia Pty Ltd
2019Qube Energy2012McConnell Dowell Constructors
(Aust) Pty Ltd
2018MPC Kinetic2011Nacap Australia Pty Ltd
2017APA Group2010AJ Lucas Group Limited
2016APA Group2009APA Group
2015Murphy Pipe and Civil2008Dampier Bunbury Pipeline in
conjunction with WestNet
2014Fyfe Pty Ltd2007SEA Gas

APGA Environment Award

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association has since 2012 presented an annual Environment Award to recognise the achievements of an APGA member in enhancing the environmental performance of the pipeline industry and its personnel.

Past Winners of the Environment Award

YearEnvironment Award
2020Australian Gas Infrastructure Group
2019APA Group
2018McConnell Dowell
2017Spiecapag Lucas Joint Venture
2016CNC Project Management
2015Spiecapag Lucas
2014CNC Project Management
2013WDS Limited
2012McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd

APGA Diversity and Inclusion Award

The APGA Diversity and Inclusion Award has been established to recognise and promote diversity and inclusion in the Australian pipelines and gas industries and the member companies operating in these industries. This award recognises and promotes the positive contribution made by an APGA member company that has demonstrated an outstanding contribution in the timeframe or introduced an initiative to encourage diversity and inclusion within the Australian pipelines and gas industries from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020. The program or activities could have been begun before the nominated year, but have made a significant achievement in the year to 30 June 2020. For the purposes of the award, diversity in the workplace means that an organisation employs a diverse team of people that is reflective of the society in which it exists and operates. Inclusion is taken to be the achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organisation’s success.

Past Winners of the Diversity and Inclusion Award

YearDivdersity and Inclusion Award
2020MPC Kinetic