December 2019 NewsFlash - AGA

December 2019 NewsFlash

  • 30-12-2019

  • News

AGA NewsFlash

New AGA Board Member

Open Flued Heaters

Latrobe Valley Hydrogen

Standards Update

AGA Appoints New Board Director - Mr Ian Forte, B Eng

After the passing of Mr Phil Hubbard a position of Full Member Director became temporarily available before the election is held at the end of 2020.

We are glad to announce that Mr Ian Forte was appointed to fill this position on the day of the Annual General Meeting (21 November 2019) by AGA’s Board of Directors.

Ian brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to the AGA Board, with over 40 years of management and design experience in appliance manufacturing and related sectors.

Open-flued Gas Space Heaters - Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS)

Following the death of Mrs Sonia Sofianopoulos in July 2017, Coroner Hawkins handed down her findings in August 2018.  Coroner Hawkins found that Mrs Sophianopoulos’ death was caused by a confluence of factors and made eight recommendations, with a key recommendation being that a plan and strategy is implemented to phase out all open-flued gas space heaters (OFGSH) in Victoria.

Following the Coroner’s Report, the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) released a Discussion Paper on 4 December 2019 titled “Options for addressing risks from open flued gas space heaters in Victoria” and invited public submissions to be lodged no later than midnight on 18 December 2019.  The Discussion Paper can be obtained at:

The four Core Options and two Complimentary Measures set out in the Discussion Paper are summarised as follows:

Core Option 1: Base Case

Under this option the current set of Victorian regulations relevant to OFGSHs and CO poisoning would not be changed.  Educational campaigns run by ESV would continue to inform the public of the dangers associated with exposure to CO and encourage servicing.

Core Option 2: Ban on new installations (excluding like for like replacements)

This option would ban the installation of OFGSHs in households where they were not already installed.  Installations of OFGSHs would continue to be permitted where they replace an existing OFGSH i.e. “like for like replacement”.

Core Option 3: Ban on all installations

This option would ban all OFGSH installations in Victoria, both new and like for like replacement installations.

Core Option 4: Standards based approach

In this option, the Victorian Government would submit a project proposal to Standards Australia requesting an amendment to the gas appliance standards AS/NZS 5263.0 and AS/NZS 5263.1.3.  The amendment would seek to enhance the safety requirements for OFGSHs.

Complementary Measure 1: Mandatory installation of CO alarms

This measure would mandate the installation of CO alarms in all buildings where OFGSHs are installed.  This could be extended to include any type of gas space heater.

Complementary Measure 2: Mandatory servicing requirements

This measure would mandate regular servicing of OFGSHs and recommend potential changes to compliance certificate schemes.  Importantly, mandatory servicing could be broadened to apply to any gas heater, not just OFGSHs.

Following initial feedback on the Discussion Paper, DELWP has prepared a 5th Core Option.  The 5th Core Option is to consider the introduction of improved safety requirements for OFGSH through Victorian regulation.  The Addendum to the Discussion Paper can be viewed at:

In essence, the 5th Core Option would introduce into Victorian regulations new minimum safety requirements that OFGSH models must meet in order to be certified for supply and installation in Victoria.  To allow consultation on the proposed additional option, the submission deadline to respond to the Discussion Paper and the Addendum has been extended from 18 December 2019, to midnight 31 January 2020.

Anyone wishing to respond to this document can provide feedback online through the Engage Victoria website at or via email

Feasibility of supplying clean hydrogen for export from Latrobe Valley’s brown coal

The first major component of a hydrogen refining plant has been delivered to AGL’s Loy Yang facility in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.

The plant will be used as part of the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project – a world first trial to establish the feasibility of supplying clean hydrogen for export from Victoria’s Latrobe Valley’s brown coal.  The hydrogen produced will be liquefied and transported to Japan in specially designed hydrogen carriers.

Read the full article here:

Latest Standards Updates

LPG Cylinder New Connection

The following relevant Standards relating to the new LPG Cylinder Connection are open for public comment until 12 March 2020

AS 4627:2017 Amd 1 (Quick-connect devices for gas)

AS 2473.2:2015 Amd 1 (Valves for compressed gas cylinders, Part 2: Outlet connections (threaded) and stem (inlet) threads)

AS 2473.1:2006 Amd 1 (Valves for compressed gas cylinders – Specifications, type testing, and manufacturing tests and inspections)

Also as mentioned in our November 2019 NewsFlash, AS/NZS 5263.1.11 (Gas appliances, Part 1.11: Small gas engine driven appliances) is out for public comment until 24 January 2020.

If you would like to submit any comments, you may forward them to our Group Manager, Technical Operations, Mr Bill Tabourlos [], or directly through the Standards Australia website: Click Here

Please contact your AGA Client Manager if your Certifications are affected.