APIA Committees

APIA Committees

Members of APIA’s committees play a critical role in helping the secretariat to develop policies and provide relevant information on current and future issues affecting the industry.

The members who volunteer their energy and ideas help to ensure the best possible outcome for the committees’ work on representations to government and the development of policies and ideas for the industry. The committees help to increase the awareness and understanding of Australia’s modern, competitive pipeline industry.

Importantly, the committees do not work in isolation. The commitment and involvement of the APIA Board and Secretariat together with committee members ensures the committees focus on work that is of immediate concern to the industry, and the results are shared for the benefit of members.

Members who have a strong commitment to the industry, and who want to help ensure a positive future for the industry, can nominate to participate on a committee by contacting the APIA secretariat.

APIA Committee Members and Participants

APIA Pipeline Operators Group

POG was established in 1977 to make the best use of resources and information about the design and operation of high-pressure, long-distance hydrocarbon pipelines, and formally came under the APIA umbrella in 1998.

POG’s primary objective is to improve pipeline operation safety and efficiency and, as a result, contribute to increased public safety. The Group manages the APIA Pipeline Incident Database, arranges an Annual Seminar on issues of interest to pipeline operators, and encourages visits to other members’ facilities.

For further information about the work of the Pipeline Operators Group click here.

APIA Pipeline Corridor Committee

The APIA Pipeline Corridor Committee is focused on ensuring the pipeline industry is recognised by State and Territory planning authorities and developers as a key stakeholder in planning decisions.

Our industry’s involvement in planning is critical – from Dial Before You Dig to the encroachment of high density development on rural land – the impact of planning changes near gas transmission pipelines has implications not only for our industry, but also for the safety of the wider community.

For more information click here.

APIA Health, Safety and Environment Committee

The Australian pipeline industry has an enviable safety record thanks to the efforts of many members over many years. The commitment to and respect for environment is also high amongst member companies. There is a wealth of data in the Safety Statistics and the APIA Code of Environmental Practice is widely respected.

Formed in July 2011 from the merger of two committees, the Health, Safety and Environment Committee is quickly establishing its priorities, terms of reference and focus for 2012.

For more information click here.

APIA Research and Standards Committee

Since the early 1980s, the Australian pipeline industry has had a small but targeted research program managed by volunteers from a number of pipeline companies. By working cooperatively and contributing their own resources, the APIA Research and Standards Committee members are investing in the research which is helping to address key health, safety and pipeline longevity issues for the future of the industry.

For more information on the APIA-RSC’s work click here.

The APIA Research and Standards Committee has forged strong links with international pipeline research organisations and is today benefiting from those collaborations through shared research findings and participation in the world’s most important pipeline research forum – the Joint Technical Meeting. For more information about the Joint Technical Meeting click here.

A key achievement of the APIA Research and Standards Committee is the establishment of the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre – a partnership between industry (through APIA), universities and the Australian Government.  More information about the EPCRC is available here.

APIA Pipeline Owners Committee

The owners of Australia’s gas transmission infrastructure play a critical role in APIA’s dealings with government. The five major transmission companies are represented at a senior level on the Owners Committee and at a policy level on the Regulatory and Economic Policy Committee. (see below)

The Owners Committee underlines and strengthens APIA’s messages to politicians and senior bureaucrats, while the “Reg” Committee works with the APIA secretariat in the development of policies that impact on transmission companies, and through that impact also influence the rest of the industry.

The APIA Pipeline Owners Committee is a powerful voice for the industry at a senior government level, as well as a critical conduit for information and feedback to and from key industry decision-makers.

For more information click here.

APIA Regulatory and Economic Policy Committee

Established in 1998, the-then Regulatory Affairs Committee helped our industry manage the introduction of a major industry-specific reform, the National Gas Code.

Today, as well as dealing with industry-specific issues, the APIA Regulatory and Economic Policy Committee addresses the impact on our industry of some of the most challenging policy debates occurring across our nation.

From the Energy White Paper to the Clean Energy Future, the Regulatory and Economic Policy Committee is working hard to deliver better outcomes for the industry.

For more information click here.

APIA Young Pipeliners Forum

The Young Pipeliners Forum (YPF) was established to provide a forum for all young people (nominally under 35 years of age), working within APIA member companies in the pipeline industry to exchange ideas, network and share information about pipeline industry-related issues.

The YPF initiative started in Canberra with a Young People’s Forum in May 2006 and has now expanded, with events in all States that are managed by State-based YPF committees. A representative from each of these committees participates in the national YPF committee.

For more information and details on upcoming YPF events click here.

APIA WA Chapter

The tyranny of distance and time zones across our continent can impact on the way we do business.  The Chapter helps the APIA secretariat to organize the many events held in the West and provides a useful link between the Secretariat and the APIA members based across the Nullabor.

For more information and details on forthcoming events click here.

APIA WA Policy and Issues Committee

The Australian gas industry’s two distinct markets – one in the West and the other through the Centre and East – requires an understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities unique to each.

The WA Policy and Issues Committee was established in September 2011 and is ensuring the voice of the industry in the West is heard loud and clear, as well as working to raise the profile and influence of APIA in WA.

For more information click here.

APIA Contractors Committee

Pipeline construction contractors were also the original creators of our industry association. In 1968 pipeline construction contractors formed a networking organisation for members, which expanded in the mid-1970s to include all sectors of the industry, forming the basis of what is today known as the Australian Pipeline Industry Association.

Today, more than four decades on, the APIA Contractors’ Committee remains an important networking opportunity for APIA’s originators.

Meeting at the APIA Annual Convention, the Contractors’ Committee discusses a range of issues affecting members, including workplace relations and research.

For more information contact the APIA Secretariat on 02 6273 0577.

 

 

 

 

Last updated on 16 Sep 2013 by Katy Whiting