Gas – the cleanest burning of the hydrocarbons – is abundant, affordable and makes our lives better, easier and more comfortable. Whether you’re connected to mains natural gas or you use LPG bottles, it’s how we heat and cool our homes, power our ovens and cooktops, fire up the BBQ and much, much more.
At the same time, it’s important to recognise that working with gas is dangerous – very, very dangerous! Gas can explode or trigger a fire, cylinders can overheat, pipes can leak, and carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal. To regulate gasfitting and gas service safety in New South Wales and other Australian jurisdictions, the gas compliance certificate system plays a vital and mandatory role.
But what are the ins and outs of the gas compliance certificate NSW? Let’s take a deep dive:
FAQ: Gas certificate of compliance NSW
In a nutshell, the gas certificate of compliance is an official record that whatever work a fully-licensed gasfitter has carried out at your place has been done and tested properly. Often in the form of a physical plate attached to a gas installation, licensed gasfitters also need to lodge a paper copy of that certificate with NSW Fair Trading within 5 days.
Certificates are required for major work or installation of:
- Gas air conditioners/heaters
- Power generators
- Gas stoves/ovens/cooktops
- Gas refrigerators
- Pool/spa heaters
- Gas hot water systems
- Gas hotplates/grills/BBQs
- Decorative gas lights
- Gas room/space heaters
- Other gas appliances.
Apart from gas installations, the following types of gasfitting work will also require a certificate of compliance:
- Work on gas pipework
- Installing flue pipes
- Natural gas to LPG conversions (and vice versa).
Q: What gasfitting work requires a NSW certificate of compliance?
A: The system applies to all work on gas installations that are connected to a gas network.
Q: Are there any gas-related works that do not require a certificate?
A: If your gasfitter is repairing or carrying out maintenance on a gas appliance, a new certificate may not be required if the appliance is not being modified – like if a new part is simply being installed.
Q: What does the gasfitter need to do to approve & ratify the certificate?
A: Within 5 days of finishing the gas works at your place, your licensed gasfitter needs to:
- Carry out full safety testing on the installation/work
- Give a copy of the certificate to you
- Lodge a copy of the certificate to the gas network operator
- Keep a copy of the gas compliance certificate for 5 years
- Lodge a copy of the certificate on the MyInspections gateway.
Q: What information is on the gas certificate of compliance NSW?
A: If you want to check out the precise specifications for the certificate, you can look up clause 55 in the Gas and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2018. Basically, it will show:
- The type of gas connection
- The certificate number
- The date of safety test
- The gasfitter’s license number
- The relevant appliance code.
Q: Are there penalties for gas compliance certificate breaches?
A: Yes! They range from warnings to expiration notices, disciplinary interviews – all the way up to legal action under the relevant legislation.
Need help understanding gas compliance certificates?
Here at Rapid Service Plumbing, we know every ‘dotted i’ and ‘crossed t’ of the entire gasfitting world – because our local Sydney plumbers are also fully-licensed gasfitters! Rest assured, if you give our highly experienced service technicians a call for any plumbing or gas-related work, they’ll handle every single aspect of your gas compliance responsibilities. So sit back, stop worrying, and give the friendly Rapid Service Plumbing team a call today.