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Gas compliance requirements 

Certificates of compliance and inspection - new forms 

From 1 March 2013 gasfitters and autogas mechanics are required to provide Fair Trading with a completed copy of a Certificate of Inspection or Certificate of Compliance within 5 business days following any gasfitting or autogas work.

Download the new Licensee's Certificate of Compliance/Inspection form (PDF size: 495kb).

Licensees should ensure that they are using either the free form available from the Fair Trading website (above) or new forms sold by suppliers in booklets. Approved forms are identical to the Fair Trading form.

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How to use the new form 

Start filling out the licensee copy, and the details will also appear in the duplicate forms to be provided to Fair Trading, the consumer, and to the network operator or gas supplier.

The new form can be used by both gasfitters and autogas mechanics. The sections for vehicle details and autogas containers only need to be filled out by autogas mechanics. Autogas mechanics do not need to provide a copy of the form to the network operator or gas provider.

View or download the detailed guide to completing certificates in PDF format (size: 29kb)

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Certificate of compliance 

Gasfitters must provide a certificate of compliance, when gasfitting work is carried out on a gas installation connected to a gas network. Within 5 business days after completing work on a network gas installation the gasfitter must:

  • test the installation for defects
  • provide a certificate of compliance to the consumer, and relevant network operator.

The gasfitter must also retain a copy of the certificate of compliance for 5 years.

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Certificate of inspection 

Gasfitters must provide a certificate of inspection, when gasfitting work is carried out on a gas installation not connected to a gas network. Within 5 business days after completing work on a non-networked gas installation the gasfitter must:

  • inspect all gas containers, gas regulators and gas appliances connected to the installation, and
  • test the whole installation for defects
  • attach a compliance plate to the installation
  • provide a certificate of inspection to the owner of the installation.

The gasfitter must also retain a copy of the certificate of inspection for 5 years.

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Compliance plates 

The requirements for compliance plates attached to gas installations have been updated to ensure the numbers better reflect modern appliances. The appliances are now numbered as shown in the table below.

Type of Appliance

Number

Stationary engine power generator or air conditioner

0

Cooktop or wok cooker

1

Refrigerator or absorption chiller

2

Instantaneous water, pool or spa heater

3

Tank hot water heater

4

Hot plate, grill or BBQ

5

Oven for baking, curing or drying

6

Decorative flare or gas light

7

Room heater or space heater

8

Other appliance

 9

Compliance Plates must be in an approved form as per clause 46-1(a) of the Gas Supply (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2012. Compliance Plates can be manufactured as per the approved form specified below:

Gas compliance plate

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Reporting serious gas incidents to Fair Trading 

All serious gas accidents must be reported to the WorkCover Authority (if it is a workplace), emergency services, and Fair Trading to investigate and ensure gas consumer safety is maintained.

Gas accidents can be reported to Fair Trading in a manner specified below. Please include information on where, when and what happened, and provide contact details for Fair Trading to get back in touch with you.

Mail:
Energy Utilities Unit
NSW Fair Trading
PO Box 972
PARRAMATTA NSW 2124

Phone: 13 32 20

Email: Gassafety@finance.nsw.gov.au

A serious gas accident means an accident: caused by the use of a gas appliance, gas installation or autogas installation to supply gas, or by work carried out on a gas appliance, gas installation or autogas installation, and in which a person dies or suffers permanent disability, is hospitalised or receives treatment from a health care professional or is unable to attend work for any period of time.

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