Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES)

For general advice and information about COES, contact our COES team on 03 9203 9700 - select option 3 or email us directly at coes@esv.vic.gov.au

For COES lodgement call the interactive voice response (IVR) line 1300 360 366 and follow the prompts.

The Electricity Safety Act 1998 and Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009 require a certificate of electrical safety to be issued for all electrical installation work. Failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence and licensed workers who do so may be subject to disciplinary action which could result in the suspension or cancellation of their licence.

Click HERE for information on requesting a copy of a COES.

Legislation, Regulations and Exemptions

Electricity Safety Act 1998

Refer to Sections 44, 45, 45A and 45B.

Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009

Refer to Part 2, Division 4.

Electricity Safety Exemption Orders

  • Order G17 of 1999 (Consolidated version) See: Part2, clause 1 and Part 3.
  • Order G50 of 1999 See: Part 1.
  • Order G36 of 2000 See: Clause 3.

eCOES (Electronic Certificate of Electrical Safety)

ESV has introduced an online system enabling electricity professionals to purchase and lodge COES electronically. Select a link below to find out more.

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Online Certificate fees

  • Prescribed $28.30
  • Non-prescribed $6.60

Paper Certificate fees

  • Prescribed $30.80
  • Non-prescribed $7.25
  • Periodic (ongoing) $714.00