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Gasfitter toolkit

Amendments to the Gas Safety Regulations

The Gas Safety (Gas Installation) Regulations 2018 were amended 17 May 2022 and came into operation 1 June 2022. The objectives of these amendments are to prescribe AS 4575 as the standard to which Type A appliance service work applies and require the creation and giving of records in relation to Type A appliance service work carried out in a standard gas installation.

Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Regulations (RTR)

On 31 May 2022 further amendments to the RTR were made to ensure that the gas servicing requirements of a Gas Safety Check are aligned with the Gas Safety (Gas Installation) Regulations 2018 which now mandate AS 4575 Gas Appliance Servicing of Type A appliances and prescribe reporting requirements.

The RTR amendments provide for consequential amendments to the servicing and record keeping requirements for ‘gas safety checks’ in the RTR 2021 to align with the amendments to the Gas Safety (Gas Installation) Regulations 2018.

From 1 June 2022, the Gas Safety (Gas Installation) Regulations 2018 mandate AS 4575 as the servicing standard, to ensure a minimum safety standard, for every Type A gas appliance serviced across public, owner occupied and rental properties.

The amendments to the Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021 and Gas Safety (Gas Installation) Regulations 2018 commenced 1 June 2022.

Type A appliance servicing work is a specialised class of gasfitting work that can only be carried out by persons holding either a registration or licence in that class of specialised gasfitting work.

Note: Registered gasfitters engaging in specialised classes of gassfitting work must be under the supervision of a person licensed in the specialised class.

Gas safety checklist

ESV has enhanced the gas safety checklist to accommodate the changes for use by gasfitters.

Gasfitter resources

What’s in a gas safety check?

In regards to the requirements, a gas safety check means:

(a) the following gas installation checks—

i. that LPG cylinders and associated gas components are installed correctly;

ii. that appliance gas isolation valves are installed where required by AS/NZS 5601.1 “Gas installations”, as published or amended from time to time;

iii. that gas appliances and their components are accessible for servicing and adjustment;

iv. that the gas installation is electrically safe;

v. that clearances from appliances to combustible surfaces are in accordance with installation instructions and AS/NZS 5601.1 “Gas installations”, as published or amended from time to time;

vi. that there is adequate ventilation for appliances to operate safely;

vii. that gas appliances (including cookers) are adequately restrained from tipping over;

viii. checking the condition of gas appliance flue systems, including chimneys

ix. checking gas appliances for evidence of certification; and

(b) testing gas installations for leakage; and

(c) servicing gas appliances in compliance with AS 4575 “Gas appliances – Servicing of Type A appliances”, as published or amended from time to time.

Keep records

ESV recommends gasfitters keep a digital record of all Gas safety checklists provided to rental providers. This may be a screenshot from your computer or a photo of the hardcopy taken with your phone. These records should be kept securely.

The gas safety checklist includes a record of the service work carried out on all Type A appliances as prescribed in the Gas Safety (Gas Installation) Regulations 2018.

More information

Read our FAQs about the gas safety checklist, and let us know if there are other questions that should be on that list, email us at gastechnicalenquiry@energysafe.vic.gov.au.

If you have specific questions about the new rental rule changes, contact Consumer Affairs Victoria on 1300 55 81 81 or via CAV’s online enquiry form.

If you have a gas technical query, contact our Gas technical helpline directly on 1800 652 563, option 3 or by email at gastechnicalenquiry@energysafe.vic.gov.au.