Australian Fuel Storage Regulations. A Statewide Directory

Updated 6 February, 2018

When you’re making decisions about your fuel storage, knowing the fuel storage regulations that apply in your state should be an important part of your decision.

In Australia, regulations can surround everything from how and where you install your storage system to how regularly you maintain it, how you prevent leaks and how you handle safety around your storage site.

The regulatory environment is changing. To help you navigate the current situation, we’ve put together a guide to some of the most useful sites for regulatory information in each state.

Underground Fuel Storage

Underground Petroleum Storage Systems (UPSS) have the potential to leak, leading to expensive clean-up bills and damage to the environment.

UPSS Regulations require owners and operators to regularly check for leaks in the fuel tanks and pipes used to store and handle petroleum products. They also need to meet minimum standards in their day-to-day environmental management of these storage systems.

While environmental regulations apply in each Australian state, each has slightly different requirements for the storage and maintenance of underground petroleum tanks. In particular, a review of underground fuel storage regulations will begin in NSW in 2018, and the South Australian Environmental Protection Authority is developing a new code of practice on the design, installation and management of UPSS.

You’ll find the essential information for your state at the links below:

QUEENSLAND

The Queensland Government’s business and industry portal’s information on standards, codes of practice and guidelines as outlined in the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 and the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation 2004.

https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industry/mining/safety-health/petroleum-gas/technical/guidelines-policies

NEW SOUTH WALES

Under an amendment to the regulation introduced in 2017,  EPA will continue as the regulatory authority for UPSS matters in NSW until 31 August, 2019. Prior to that date, the EPA will provide expanded technical guidance to improve environmental management and support opportunities to adapt to new fuel handling and storage technologies and environmental needs.

This EPA site provides the essential information on the updated regulation on the management and operation of underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS).
http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/clm/upss.htm

VICTORIA

The Victorian EPA published updated guidelines for the design, installation and management of underground fuel storage systems in 2015. You can find the guidelines http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/publications/publication/2015/august/888-4

TASMANIA

If you’re operating in Tasmania, you’ll need to comply with the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulation 2010.
http://epa.tas.gov.au/policy-site/Pages/UPSS-Regulations.aspx

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Check the Environmental Guidelines for Service Station Sites and Hydrocarbon Storage (January 2014) for information on UPSS and above ground fuel storage requirements.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Information about legislation administered by the Department of Environmental Regulation, including legislation around petroleum and contaminated sites, can be found here. For information on dangerous goods codes of practice, go to this site. http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Dangerous-Goods/Dangerous-goods-safety-codes-of-6508.aspx

Information on when a licence is required for the storage of dangerous goods can be found here. http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Dangerous-Goods/When-is-a-dangerous-good-site-4427.aspx

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The South Australian EPA is in the process of developing a code of practice on the design, installation and management of UPSS.

In the interim, the EPA recommends compliance with the Victorian EPA Guidelines on the Design, Installation and Management Requirements for Underground Petroleum Storage Systems as a means of ensuring that all reasonable and practical measures are taken in regard to complying with the Environment Protection Act 1993 and the Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy 2015.

For further information on the assessment of sites containing UPSS, go to the EPA Guidelines for assessment of underground storage systems.

Information about when you need a SA fuel storage licence and how to apply is available at this site. http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/uploaded_files/ds_pp_info.pdf

Above ground fuel storage tanks – bunding and safety

If you’re installing fuel storage above ground, there are a particular environmental safety and workplace safety regulations that could apply. See the links below for information relevant in your state.
Safe Work Australia – The National Code of Practice for the Storage and Handling of Workplace Dangerous Goods can be found here. http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/249/CodeOfPracticeStorageAndHandingDangerousGoodsNOHSC2017-2001_PDF.pdf

QUEENSLAND

Worksafe Queensland service station safety guidelines -https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety/hazardous-chemicals/specific-hazchem-workplaces/service-stations
Brisbane guidelines for storage and dispensing of petroleum products – http://eplan.brisbane.qld.gov.au/CP/StorePetroleumPSP

NEW SOUTH WALES

NSW – Bunding and spills management information – http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/mao/bundingspill.htm

VICTORIA

Worksafe Victoria guidelines for falls prevention when working with above ground fuel storage.
http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/forms-and-publications/forms-and-publications/falls-prevention-above-ground-fuel-tanks

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

New Dangerous Substances (General) Regulations took effect in September 2017. https://www.legislation.sa.gov.au/index.aspx?action=legref&type=subordleg&legtitle=Dangerous%20Substances%20(General)%20Regulations%202017

Find Licence and Notice of Installation forms  here https://www.safework.sa.gov.au/show_page.jsp?id=2576

A guide to when you need to install bunding around fuel tanks – http://www.epa.sa.gov.au/files/47717_guide_bunding.pdf

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Worksafe NT dangerous goods storage and transport information. http://www.worksafe.nt.gov.au/LawsAndCompliance/Pages/Dangerous-Goods-Laws.aspx

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