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AS/NZS 5601.2 Amendment 3 – draft for public comment

If you undertake gasfitting work on LP gas installations in caravans, campervans, camper trailers, mobile catering vehicles, trucks or trailers, boats, houseboats and floating restaurants with fixed gas installations, then AS/NZS5601.2 Gas installations – LP Gas installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes is your reference standard.

On the 24th January 2018, a draft for public comment for amendment 3 of AS/NZS 5601.2 was published.

The proposed amendment focuses on new marking requirements, including marking requirements that were in AS 5601:2004 but not when AS/NZS 5601.2 was first published as a joint Australian and New Zealand standard in 2010.

Of particular note is the introduction of a gas compliance plate.

The amendment proposes that gasfitters attach a gas compliance plate to the body work of caravans and boats for new gas installations and for modifications to existing installations. The gas compliance plate is proposed to be metallic, durable, and UV and corrosion resistant.

  • Some jurisdictions, including Queensland and New South Wales, have already made this a requirement by law. The introduction of a gas compliance plate requirement will:
    harmonise requirements across Australia and New Zealand
  • make it easier for Gas Technical Regulators to identify imported caravans or boats that have not been checked by a local gasfitter.

There may also be an opportunity, subject to further discussion, for road authorities to consider sighting a gas compliance plate before registering a new caravan or boat.

The closing date for public comment is Wednesday, 28 March 2018.

The draft can be downloaded via the Standards Australia website – here.

You will be redirected to an SAI Global website and will need to register (if you have not already done so) before you can download the draft standard for free. If you want to submit a comment on the draft, you can do that via the Standards Australia website link.

Once again, you will need to register to create a public account for access to the Standards Australia Standards Hub.