CEO Message May 2022

There is so much going on most of the time that it seems normal these days for each year to just fly by, but if I actually stop and think for a moment, it is hard to believe it is May already. The Easter and Anzac Day weekends were a welcome pause in the year for the secretariat and I hope you managed to have some quieter time with family and friends.

Federal election

We are in the middle of the 2022 federal election campaign and I find it very interesting that for all the industry focus and public discourse on environment, social and governance (ESG) issues, especially emissions in our industry, climate and emissions policy simply isn’t featuring much at all this election. To some extent, both sides having a net zero by 2050 policy neutralises a lot of the distinction between them and, while their 2030 targets are quite different, the States have moved individually and almost all have their own targets in place. This is just one of the reasons the energy space is so busy now, each State is running processes and policy that are highly consequential and must be engaged with.

I’m not going to make any predictions on the results of the election, everyone can form their own judgement on that. I’ll just say, anything can happen during a campaign! APGA puts a lot of effort into engaging both major parties, regardless of who is in government, and will be talking with both sides and as many political stakeholders as possible when the new parliament forms after the election.

April Board meeting

Last week, the APGA Board had its first meeting in Perth since April 2019 and only its second face-to-face meeting since February 2020. It was great to be back in Perth and to attend an APGA function with WA members as well. I would like to take this opportunity to thank again the WA Chapter for keeping the show running so well while we haven’t been able to get over.

At the April Board meeting, the Board reviews and approves the budget for the upcoming financial year. While climate and energy policy isn’t featuring highly during the election campaign, everyone reading this is well aware of how it is increasingly impacting decisions in the energy industry. We all have a strong interest in making sure the role of gas infrastructure and the benefits that will come from using it to deliver decarbonised energy is well understood. In recognition of this, the Board and the Owners Committee are considering how APGA can enhance its advocacy activity to secure the best possible future for gas infrastructure and this has been reflected in next year’s budget.

At each meeting, the Board reviews a pillar of the Strategic Plan and at the April meeting we reviewed the Social Responsibility pillar. As you know, this is a new pillar and it was great to reflect on some of the things we have already achieved, including:

  • A major review of the Code of Environmental Practice is nearly complete.

  • APGA has established the Gas Infrastructure Emissions Working Group and is planning an industry wide workshop to share information on reduction activity.

  • We reviewed and modernised APGA’s corporate policies in the past 12 months.

  • We have maintained a strong financial position during the pandemic and will deliver a balanced budget again in 2022/23. This is in large part due to the strong support of members over the past two years and on behalf of the Board I thank you all.

  • The Women’s Pipelines Forum is up and running, planning events and looking at ways to improve understanding of diversity and gender across the industry.

We understand that every company is implementing ESG in its own business and are keen to work with members further on these important topics, it is especially important that our industry achieves consistency and commonality as ESG becomes more embedded. If you have any thoughts, please let me know.

Women’s Pipelines Forum: new sponsorship opportunities and get involved!

The WPF is meeting regularly and organising events around the country. Members interested in getting involved with the WPF can register here.

If you are interested in sponsoring a WPF event, please contact me directly and I will put you in touch with the team.

In the first instance, as an extension of APGA’s Women’s Leadership Program, we are running a half day workshop for women in the industry in June in Melbourne. The workshop will be open to all women in the industry and feature two sessions on personal development and a lunch where businesswoman Dr Vanessa Guthrie (board member of Santos, Adelaide Brighton and others) will share her experiences with attendees. Registration for this event will be opening soon and we do have two sponsorship opportunities available.

FFCRC Internship program for 2023 now open for expressions of interest

As part of Future Fuels CRC’s education program the CRC is gauging interest in an industry internship program beginning in 2023 and open to all members of APGA. The internship program would connect industry organisations with the CRC’s partner universities and create internships across a variety of disciplines for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The scheme is open to all member organisations of APGA and is currently open for expressions of interest to design and participate in the program so that it meets industry’s needs and helps to create the next generation of future professionals. To make the program a success the team at Future Fuels CRC will need our industry’s input to fully understand the requirements, expectations and constraints.

The program’s viability will depend on the level of interest so please enter your expression of interest as soon as possible via this form.

APGA Convention and Awards

Earlier this week you will have seen the 2022 awards notice. Nominations for the 2022 APGA Annual Awards are now open.
There are six categories of awards:
•    APGA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Pipeline Industry
•    APGA Young Achievement Award
•    APGA Safety Award
•    APGA Environment Award
•    APGA Jeff Shepherd Construction Excellence Award
•    APGA Diversity and Inclusion Award
Please note: closing date for nominations is close of business on Friday 1 July 2022.

The awards will be presented during the 2022 APGA Annual Convention and Exhibition on Monday 26 September.
Nomination forms and further information are available on the
APGA website.

We are just putting the finishing touches to the program for this year’s Convention and Exhibition and are really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our first in-person Convention since 2019. Please keep an eye out for the registration brochure and mark the dates in your calendar now, Saturday 24 September through to Tuesday 27 September.

National Positioning Infrastructure Capability Program survey

ACIL Allen is undertaking an assessment of the economic impact of the National Positioning Infrastructure Capability (NPIC) program for Geoscience Australia. The program provides free and open access to multi global navigational satellite systems (GNSS) observations streams from a national network of continuously operating reference stations (CORS).

The CORS network supports a national positioning capability that provides less than 5cm accurate positioning solutions in areas with access to mobile phone coverage (delivery via the internet).

ACIL Allen is asking stakeholders with an interest in this program to complete a survey.

The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete. There is an additional optional component for service providers that may take an additional 15 minutes. It can be completed in stages.

The survey will close on 25 May 2022.

All the best,