Pipelines Regulations 2017

The new Pipelines Regulations 2017 come into force on 26 March 2017.  The 2017 regulations are designed to streamline administrative process, reduce red tape and improve risk management, safety and reporting, and provide for:

  • The reporting of safety and environmental incidents
  • Standards for construction and operation of pipelines
  • Specifications for Safety Management Plans, Environmental Management Plans and Decommissioning Plans
  • Licencing procedures, application processes and forms
  • Fees to improve cost recovery for government and administration efficiencies

Making the 2017 regulations

The draft Pipelines Regulations 2017 and Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) were open for public submissions in early 2017. An industry round table workshop formed part of the consultation process. 

Written submissions and feedback were carefully considered in finalising the Pipelines Regulations 2017.  A Statement of Reasons outlines the response to the issues in submissions.

As result the draft regulations were updated to:

  • Provide consistency with the requirements of the Australian Standard 2885 for information on alternate routes to be assessed when applying for a licence
  • Amend the scale of map to be provided with licence application
  • Allow for the reports to be provided within 90 days of the end of the financial year
  • Stipulate that fees for environment management plans are inclusive of revisions

Any queries on the Pipelines Regulations 2017 can be emailed to pipeline.regulation@delwp.vic.gov.au