The Australian Pipeline Industry Association Ltd (APIA) is the peak national body representing the interests of Australia's transmission pipeline sector. APIA's current membership is predominantly involved in the high-pressure transmission of oil and gas, however, the Association welcomes membership of companies and individuals involved in the transmission via pipelines of other products, including water. APIA has a diverse membership base with members including contractors, owners, operators, advisers and engineering companies and suppliers of pipeline products and services.
APIA has been based in Canberra since January 1998 and has developed a strong presence and profile. APIA manages and promotes an annual Convention and Trade Exhibition as well as a comprehensive program of seminars, luncheons and dinners. APIA also provides information on, and promotes the interests of, the pipeline industry through public presentations, newspaper feature articles, editorial comment in The Pipeliner and other publications, media releases as well as a regular Executive Brief to members.
An important role for APIA has been its industry research programs and the Association has strong working relationships with leading institutions. As part of this research focus, APIA has been a leading proponent in the development of the industry-accepted technical standard, AS2885.
APIA's role has broadened in response to governments economic reform policies and the consequent deregulation of the industry, particularly the privatisation of government-owned gas pipelines. The changes continue, and APIA is preparing for the evolving political, financial and economic environment and the impacts that this will have on the industry.
APIA is also involved in the climate change debate, reviewing government policies with regard to emissions trading and other greenhouse gas reduction measures.
The Group's overarching mission is to provide services for their members and to ensure the broader community, including government, industry and community groups, understand the benefits that a dynamic, market-driven Australian pipeline industry can deliver to the national economy and to regional development .