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History & Profile of the APIA


The Australian Pipeline Industry Association Ltd (APIA) is the peak national body representing the interests of Australia’s high-pressure energy transmission pipeline sector.

The Association was established in 1968 to represent construction contractor interests.

During the mid-1970s it became apparent that a structure uniting and representing all sectors of the industry would be beneficial to industry participants, and the basis of the present-day APIA was created.

The Association has grown to a membership base of almost 500, including contractors, owners, operators, engineering companies and suppliers of pipeline products and services and advisers on a range of issues.

APIA’s membership is predominantly involved in the high-pressure transmission of oil and gas, however, the Association also welcomes the membership of companies and individuals involved in the transmission of other products via pipelines, including water and slurry.

In its early years, APIA was managed through a part-time secretariat.

This changed in January 1999 when the organisation moved to Canberra, employing a full-time Chief Executive and administrative team comprising a Business Manager, Membership Officer and Functions/Administration Officer, plus a part-time Technical Policy Manager, a Research Adviser and an Accounts Administrator.

The team in Canberra has been expanded and now includes two full-time Policy Managers who work closely with the Chief Executive on a range of economic and environmental policy issues impacting APIA’s members.

In addition, the part-time Accounts Administrator role has expanded to become a full-time Finance Officer and a Training and Communications Manager’s position was created at the end of 2013.

The APIA Secretariat is also now the administrative headquarters of the Australian Gas Industry Trust (AGIT), an organisation that provides educational opportunities for young people in the gas industry.

The AGIT is the Australian charter member of the International Gas Union (IGU).

APIA and its members have successfully managed tremendous growth in Australia’s transmission pipeline system, which has more than trebled from 9,000 km in 1989, to over 17,000 km in 2001, to over 33,000 km today.

The APIA website, particularly the members-only section, is a vital tool, providing access to specialist industry information, including an online library.

APIA’s Annual Convention and Exhibition is well-known and respected amongst energy industries in Australia and overseas.

As well as a growing trade exhibition, the Convention boasts high-quality business sessions and a series of networking events for delegates and guests.

APIA also provides information on, and promotes the interests of, the pipeline industry through public presentations, newspaper articles, media releases and editorial comment in The Australian Pipeliner and other publications, as well as a regular Chief Executive’s CENEWS report to members.

Since 2006, the APIA Young Pipeliners Forum (YPF), with its national and state-based committees, has been providing educational opportunities for the younger generation of pipeliners.

This group has generated great interest and new activities within APIA.

APIA has also been at the forefront of pipeline engineer training.

The Pipeline Engineer Training Project is an ongoing initiative to expand opportunities for career development within the industry.

The Explanatory Document to the industry’s Standard, AS2885, provides a guide to the Standard and encourages industry participants to fully understand the requirements of the Standard.

The Competency Standards provide a detailed list of more than 200 competencies required by a pipeline engineer.

The Competency Standards can be used by young engineers in their consideration of career direction, or to check where new skills can be attained and by companies to assess in-house skills.

An important role for APIA has been its industry research programs and the Association has strong working relationships with leading national and international institutions, including a tri-partite agreement between the APIA Research and Standards Committee and the European and North American pipeline research bodies, European Pipeline Research Group and Pipeline Research Council International.

As part of this research focus, APIA has been a leading proponent in the development of the industry-accepted technical standard, AS2885.

This high-quality work is now undertaken by the Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre (EPCRC).

The Government’s CRC program brings together universities, industry and government to provide research that benefits the industry and the nation.

The EPCRC will provide critical research for the future of the pipeline industry, with contributions from its four primary partnership tertiary education providers, Adelaide, Deakin, Wollongong Universities and Melbourne’s RMIT.


APIA’s mission is to represent and provide services to its members to deliver a strong and dynamic pipeline industry.

Key objectives:

  • Maintain a viable Association with an active membership;
  • Be the advocate for the industry;
  • Maintain research and development and knowledge transfer programs that assist in the efficient and safe construction, operation and maintenance of pipelines; and,
  • Assist the industry in maintaining its leadership
  • in the management of the environment, health and safety.

Strategic Plan

APIA’s Strategic Plan is available through the secretariat or via download from APIA’s website.

Your company can support the industry

APIA is a non-profit organisation whose focus is the members and the industry. All contributions and support provided to APIA are committed to ensuring the fulfilment of the Association’s objectives. Your company can provide support and make a valuable contribution to the Australian pipeline industry by becoming an active member of APIA.
The most suitable membership category for your company will depend upon your organisation’s size and type of work undertaken. The options can be discussed with staff at APIA.

Organisational Structure

The management of APIA’s affairs is overseen by a Board of Directors, comprising nine to twelve Directors elected annually at APIA’s Annual General Meeting. In recent years, the Board has determined the optimal number of Directors to be ten.
Membership of the Board is open to appointed representatives of full members of APIA.
The establishment and maintenance of an active committee structure enables APIA to continue to progress its core priorities. These committees and working groups focus on the following areas: research and standards; health, safety and environment; construction; operations and maintenance (Pipeline Operators Group); regulatory and economic policy; training; climate change; coal seam gas; and, pipeline corridor issues. Other committees are the YPF, the WA Chapter and WA Policy and Issues Committee, all of which assist the Secretariat with the management of events and issues in the west. The Owners Committee (APIA’s Owner Members – the transmission pipeline owners), provide economic policy guidance, to the APIA Secretariat and the Regulatory and Economic Policy Committee, and is involved in high-level consultation with politicians and senior bureaucrats.

Activities and Communications

  • Annual Convention and Exhibition;
  • Seminars;
  • Luncheons and dinners;
  • Website including ‘Members Only’ section;
  • The Australian Pipeliner, official Journal of the Association, published quarterly by Great Southern Press;
  • APIA Directory/Year Book, published by Great Southern Press;
  • Regular Chief Executive’s newsletter to members;
  • Representation to government on issues affecting the pipeline industry;
  • Presentations at public forums and in the media of issues relevant to the industry;
  • Publishing of technical documents and development of Australian Standards;
  • Relationships with other Australian and international relevant associations; and,
  • A pipeline research program, with access to research results by contributors to the program.

There are a number of categories of membership. Details can be found, along with a membership application form, on the APIA website.

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