On 18 July 2019, the draft Gas Safety Regulations 2019 (the “Draft regulation”) was released for community consultation and comment by Tasmania’s. If the draft becomes legislation, it will replace the Gas Safety Regulations 2014 and Gas Pipelines Regulations 2014.
As stated on Tasmania’s, the Government is:
The Gas Safety Act 2019 (Tas) (the “Act”) received Royal Assent on 9 April 2019 (this Act is currently awaiting commencement). According to the Bill’s Explanatory Memorandum, some of the objectives the Act hopes to achieve include:
The intent of the Draft regulation is to “continue the establishment of a regulatory framework that maximises the long-term growth of the gas industry in Tasmania, whilst providing sufficient regulatory certainty to attract investment”.
According to the Department of Justice, current Tasmanian legislation has not kept pace with developments in non‑traditional gas supply, such as utilisation of hydrogen and biogas and stationary gas engines, and so the Department believes the safety legislation needs strengthening in order to enable more effective monitoring of non-traditional methods of supply.
The proposed Draft regulation intends to combine and consolidate provisions of the Gas Safety Regulations 2014 and Gas Pipelines Regulations 2014, rectify current anomalies and reduce “red tape where risk was not proportionate to regulatory burden and reflect current regulatory and industry best practice”.
Some examples of the proposed changes by the Draft regulation include:
The Department is taking submissions on the Draft regulation until 23 August 2019.
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[Draft] Gas Safety Regulations 2019 (Tas)
Gas Safety Act 2019 (Tas)
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