Pipelines Regulations 2017

The Regulations 2017 come into force on 26 March 2017.  They were 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
  • Licensing procedures, application processes and forms
  • Fees to improve cost recovery for government and administration efficiencies

Making the 2017 Regulations

The draft 2017 Regulations and a 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 2017 Regulations. A Statement of Reasons outlines the response to the issues raised in the 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

Download the Pipelines Regulations 2017 at http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au

For details on fees and penalties, see http://www.dtf.vic.gov.au/Victorias-Economy/Economic-policy-and-guidelines/Indexation-of-fees-and-penalties

For information on the Pipelines Regulations 2017 contact pipeline.regulation@delwp.vic.gov.au

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