AGA - who are we?
The AGA, and its predecessor organisations, date back to 1936 when the National Gas Association (NGA) was formed and the first gas appliance codes were written by the NGA. In 1962, the NGA and the Australian Gas Institute merged to form the Australian Gas Association (AGA). The AGA Certification Scheme (for gas equipment) was developed and improved over the years to meet the changing requirements of industry and government regulatory authorities. The AGA developed into a highly regarded professional organisation recognised nationally and internationally for its national certification activities.
Since 1962, the AGA has been involved in the development and continuous improvement of its Certification Scheme, simultaneously playing a key role in assisting the gas industry develop highly regarded safety standards for testing and certifying domestic, commercial and industrial appliances, components and other ancillary equipment. During this time, AGA became the first organisation authorised by Standards Australia to write joint standards. In 2003, and as part of an organisational restructuring of the AGA, the standards development and writing activities were transferred to Standards Australia. Further restructuring resulted in the government lobbying and whole-of-industry representation functions provided by the AGA National Office in Canberra being devolved to various sectional associations.
With the closure of its Canberra Office, AGA headquarters are once again in Melbourne, Victoria and the organisation maintains a clear focus on the certification services that are so important for industry. AGA remains a not-for-profit industry association and continues to operate for the benefit of all stakeholders, although these now include representatives from non-gas sectors since the expansion of its certification services to cover items such as electrical and plumbing products. AGA services also now include accredited laboratory testing for selected products. What hasn't changed though is the fact that AGA still does not receive any government funding, relying instead on the proceeds generated from its chargeable activities.
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