In NSW, you must be licensed to complete any gasfitting work as defined in the Home Building Act 1989. Gasfitting work means any work involved in:
- the installation, alteration, extension or repair of a gas installation, or
- the installation, alteration, extension, removal or repair of any flue associated with a gas installation, or
- the connection or disconnection of a gas container, gas regulator or gas appliance to, or from a gas installation except where it is designed to be readily detachable from the installation. Replacing worn pigtails or changing over cylinders is exempt from the definition of gasfitting work.
Gas installation means a system of pipes and associated fittings that are designed to convey gas from the control valve or other connection point of a gas container to the control valve or other connection point of a gas appliance or of another gas container, and includes any flue associated with the installation, but does not include a gas container.
Gas appliance means any gas burning or gas using appliance that is manufactured, adapted or designed for connection to a gas installation, whether by means of a gas outlet socket or otherwise, and includes any liquefied petroleum gas dispenser, catalytic burner or vaporiser, but does not include an internal combustion engine that is installed in, or forms part of, a vehicle, vessel or machine.
The following pages provide information for gasfitters on gas compliance requirements, including the new certificate of compliance/inspection form, safety and industry codes and standards:
Changes to consumer safety laws
The Gas and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2017 and supporting Gas and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2018 started on 1 September 2018.
The legislation consolidates separate electricity and gas laws in NSW and aims to ensure the safe use of gas and electrical goods by consumers.
The Act provides minimum consumer safety standards, outlines requirements for equipment and installations and supports a robust compliance and enforcement regime.
As of 1 January, 2019, Australian Standard 5601.1.2013 and 5601.2.2013 are now referenced in the Gas and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2018 and will be enforced for Gas Installations and appliances in NSW.
For more information on the changes, visit gas and electricity (consumer safety) laws.