UEG Gas Leak Survey

Project scope

Gas leak surveys are routinely undertaken to ensure the safety and integrity of Gas Supply infrastructure, with competent gas survey technicians required to adhere to a range of legislative requirements.


The rapid expansion of remote pilot aircraft systems (RPAS) both in Australia and internationally has led to the need to enhance vocational skills required to safely operate and control RPAS within a broader range of operating environments. RPAS technology is increasingly used for pipeline patrolling and leak surveying of pipeline infrastructure. This reduces survey duration and costs and enables high levels of survey capability in remote or inaccessible pipeline locations. Gas Supply infrastructure surveys undertaken using RPAS reduce safety risks during potentially dangerous gas leak survey operations and incidents.


The Gas Industry Reference Committee (IRC) proposed to develop two new Units of Competency to support the skills needs of gas technicians undertaking foot and vehicle gas leak surveys and a range of other gas industry tasks using RPAS. The Gas IRC will consult with the Aviation IRC to ensure the development of RPAS skills, are aligned with remote pilot licensing requirements, aviation safety, and Gas Supply industry skill requirements.





Develop two new Units of Competency.



The Case for Endorsement is expected to be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee by 30 October 2020.


How to get involved

A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed to provide expertise for this work. If you are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC please contact the Industry Manager.


Stakeholder feedback on draft training materials will be sought as part of the development phase of work.

Technical advisory committee


28 OCTOBER 2019



Work on this project has commenced and the Gas IRC is forming a TAC.


Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to help review and develop Training Package materials to:


Develop two new Units of Competency for gas leak surveying including:

  • One new Unit for undertaking gas leak surveys
  • One new Unit for using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems within the gas industry.

TAC nominations closed on Friday, 6 December 2019.





4 MARCH 2020



The Gas Leak Survey TAC has prepared draft materials for this project and would like your feedback.


Feedback on draft materials closed on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 for consideration by the TAC.


Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.


Summary of development

Draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications are developed in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and industry stakeholders.


Initial drafting of Training Package material (Units of Competency, Skill Sets and/or qualifications) is being undertaken by a Technical Advisory Committee established by the IRC. Comprising people with diverse expertise and experience in Gas, it has ensured that the draft Units are informed by the needs of industry.

Quality Assurance





The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance.


The Case for Endorsement is scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in October.




9 APRIL 2020



The Gas Leak Survey TAC has considered all stakeholder feedback and finalised a draft new Unit of Competency UEGNSG993Y Undertake Gas Leak Surveys.


The Gas Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is now seeking your feedback to validate this draft to ensure the proposed product meets industry needs.


Detailed mapping information, tracking changes to the existing Training Package, is also available to view.


Please note that the TAC has agreed to import the Unit of Competency AVIW0006 Perform Infrastructure Inspections Using Remote Operated Systems from the Aviation Training Package, to address the skill requirements for using RPAS in the Gas Supply Industry. This decision is also supported by the Gas IRC at their meeting on 5 March 2020. For more information, please read the briefing document below:




Feedback on draft materials closed on Wednesday, 29 April 2020 for consideration by the TAC.


Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.


Summary of feedback

The comments received were predominantly around language consistency and content clarification in the Elements and Performance Criteria as well as in the Performance and Knowledge Evidence.



28 JANUARY 2021


The Gas Industry Training Package (Release 2.0) has been endorsed by Skills Ministers for implementation.


The Gas Industry Reference Committee, with support from Technical Advisory Committees, has developed a new qualification and Units of Competency and updated existing units to address the priority skills needs of the gas industry relating to gas control systems, gas leak survey, pipeline emergency repairs and gas processing.


Five existing qualifications have been updated to include the most recent imported Units of Competency.


Gas Leak Survey – A new Unit of Competency has been developed for undertaking foot and vehicle gas leak surveys.  A Unit of Competency has been imported from the AVI Aviation Training Package for undertaking a range of gas industry tasks through use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).


To read more about the drivers for this project, please click on the Project overview tab.


To support the delivery of the Training Package, a Companion Volume Implementation Guide (CVIG) has been developed to assist assessors, trainers, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and enterprises. The CVIG contains a comprehensive list of all products in the Training Package; mapping information which details the changes that have been made to the materials; regulation and licensing implications; and useful links to other information.


The approved UEG Gas Industry Training Package Release 2.0 is now available on training.gov.au.


This release includes the below listed projects:


The following materials were approved:


UEG20120 Certificate II in Gas Supply Industry Operations

UEG30120 Certificate III in Gas Supply Industry Operations

UEG40120 Certificate IV in Gas Control Operations

UEG40220 Certificate IV in Gas Supply Industry Operations

UEG50120 Diploma of Gas Supply Industry Operations

UEG60120 Advanced Diploma of Gas Supply Industry Operations


New/Revised Units

UEGNSG101 Undertake gas leak surveys

UEGNSG201 Conduct distribution pipeline emergency repair

UEGNSG202 Conduct emergency site control on gas distribution assets

UEGNSG203 Evaluate and extinguish gas fire

UEGNSG301 Conduct emergency site control on gas transmission assets

UEGNSG302 Conduct transmission pipeline emergency repair

UEGNSG501 Communicate with gas industry stakeholders to meet operational requirements

UEGNSG502 Implement emergency and critical incident response for gas infrastructure incidents

UEGNSG503 Monitor and control field activities

UEGNSG504 Monitor and control gas infrastructure using Control Centre systems

UEGNSG505 Operate and monitor gas infrastructure to meet nominated demand


IRC Minor Changes

UEGNSG142 Conduct isolations under the permit to work system for gas industry work sites

UEGNSG221 First on site response to gas pipeline emergencies




16 DECEMBER 2020


At its meeting on 2 December 2020 the AISC approved the Gas Industry Training Package (Release 2.0) for referral to the Skills Ministers for endorsement.


For more information on this project, please contact the Industry Skills Specialist.







The draft Training Package materials have been submitted to the AISC.


Case for Endorsement


Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.


Raja Ginting

Industry Skills Specialist - Gas Supply




Email: Raja.Ginting@aistnds.org.au

Phone: 0447 055 160