Gas product approvals
All gas appliances must be certified before they can be sold or installed in South Australia.
If you are purchasing a gas appliance and want to know if the product is certified, see Buying a gas appliance. Gas appliances are typically known in the industry as type A and type B.
Type A gas appliances are mainly domestic and light commercial appliances which are mass produced. They are defined in AS/NZS 5601 as an appliance for which a certification scheme exists.
A type B appliance is defined in AS/NZS 5601 as an appliance with a gas consumption in excess of 10 MJ/hour for which a certification scheme doesn't exist.
It should be noted that a type A appliance when used in an industrial and commercial application for which it was not intended is considered to be a type B appliance.
Certification of type A appliances
All type A gas appliances must be certified and appropriately labelled before they can be sold and installed in South Australia.
Certification and labelling can be obtained through one of the following South Australian-recognised certifying bodies:
- Australian Gas Association (AGA)
- International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)
- SAI Global Limited
Appliance testing is carried out by agent laboratories that have been accredited by a Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) affiliated body, eg the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA). There are appliance-specific standards and codes that describe the methods of testing and acceptable outcomes for a wide range of gas products. The criteria that appliances are tested against include:
If your type A appliance has not been certified by one of the above recognised certifying bodies, please contact the Office of the Technical Regulator.
Certification of type B appliances
Type B appliances must be tested on-site and meet the requirements of:
The certification testing of type B gas appliances can be carried out by the following South Australian recognised certifying bodies:
- Select Solutions (who utilise an alliance with South Australian based company Gassuport Pty Ltd)
- TG Certifications (call 0428 381 803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
These two private certifiers have been appointed as Authorised Officers for type B approval purposes under the Gas Act 1997.
The South Australian Technical Regulator receives copies of all type B approval certificates and will:
- act as an arbitrator in disputes
- conduct independent audits of type B certifications and installations.
Certification of gas appliance components
Components used in gas installations and in the manufacture of gas appliances must also be certified by an approved certifying body. The components can be certified individually against the requirements of the relevant standard or included in the certification of the overall appliance.