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Petroleum and gas safety alert no. 74 | 31 March 2017 | Version 1

Imported caravans, campervans and recreational vehicles

What happened?

Following a number of complaints received regarding imported caravans, subsequent inspections carried-out by Petroleum and Gas Inspectors identified that a number of imported caravans have been offered for sale in Australia without the gas system being approved (certified).

In Queensland, the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (the Act) requires that the supply, installation and use of gas devices (and fittings) must be approved. For example, appliances and fittings must be approved by an approval body and any gas work carried out must only be undertaken by the holder of a current gas work licence (GWL).

The approval and certification processes ensure that gas systems in caravans, campervans and recreational vehicles comply with the relevant Australian Standards and are safe to use.

Approved appliances carry a label identifying the approving body and the relevant approval number. Appliances should also be accompanied by manufacturer's instructions that provide specific guidance on their safe use. Read more about correct labelling of approved appliances.

Key issues

  • The potential for unsafe gas systems and unapproved gas appliances fitted in imported Caravans, Campervans and Recreational Vehicles
  • The potential for ventilation requirements to be non-compliant to Australian Standards
  • Additional costs associated with the alterations to obtain a safe and compliant gas system
  • Inability to register or sell a caravan, campervan or recreational vehicle with an unapproved gas system
  • The potential for default of insurance policy if the gas system is not compliant
  • Fines can be issued for using unapproved gas devices.


  • When purchasing an imported caravan, campervan or recreational vehicle, ensure that the gas appliances have been approved (look for the Australian approving authority approval label on gas device/appliances).
  • Ensure that a gas system compliance certificate for the imported caravan, campervan or recreational vehicle has been issued by a current GWL holder (a gas fitter).
  • A gas system compliance plate may have been installed and is another way of checking compliance has been met.

Read more about Gas compliance certificates, defect notices and plates.

Investigations are ongoing and further information may be published as it becomes available. The information in this publication is what is known at the time of writing.

We issue Safety Notices to draw attention to the occurrence of a serious incident, raise awareness of risks, and prompt assessment of your existing controls.

Authorised by Dan Murphy - Deputy Chief Inspector

Contact: Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate , 13 QGOV (13 7468)

Issued by Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines

Placement: Place this announcement on noticeboards and ensure all relevant people in your organisation receive a copy.