The Pipelines Act 2005

The Pipelines Act 2005 is the primary Act governing the construction and operation of pipelines in Victoria.

The Act and Regulations can be found at the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.

The Act covers ‘high transmission’ pipelines that have a maximum design pressure exceeding 1050 kPa (gaseous hydrocarbons) and 345 kPa (liquid hydrocarbons) for the conveyance of gas, oil and other substances.

DELWP and Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) are responsible for administrating the Act and the Regulations.

For low pressure transmission and distribution pipelines, the safety and technical aspects are regulated by Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) under the Gas Safety Act 1997, while licensing is administered by the Essential Services Commission under the Gas Industry Act 2001.

Pipelines that lie in Victorian Commonwealth Waters are legislated by the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator and The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority.

The Regulations 2017 were remade in March 2017 and replaced the Pipeline Regulations 2007.

See more on the Pipelines Regulations Review.

Pipelines that lie in Victorian State Waters are legislated by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

For any queries about high-pressure pipelines, please email

Page last updated: 09/07/19