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Regulating the electricity industry in Australia

Suppliers of electrical equipment in Australia are regulated by three different compliance regimes:

  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • Electrical safety
  • Electrical efficiency

EMC is managed by the Australian Government’s Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Australia’s State and Territory Governments regulate the safety and efficiency of electrical equipment.

In Victoria, regulations covering electrical equipment safety and efficiency are administered by Energy Safe Victoria (ESV).

Coordination of regulatory matters

The Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) coordinates the electrical regulatory strategies, policies and ongoing reform activities of the Australian States and Territories as well as New Zealand. These include:

  • legislation and regulations
  • general safety promotion and accident prevention
  • safety of electrical installations and electricity generation and supply
  • licensing of electrical workers and safety and energy efficiency of electrical equipment.

ERAC’s mission, in terms of electrical equipment, is to strive for a uniform regulatory environment and to achieve acceptable levels of electrical safety throughout Australia and New Zealand.

More information

Visit Electricity Regulatory Authority Council (ERAC) for more information.

Contact us

If you have any queries in relation to regulating the electricity industry in Australia, please contact ESV on 03 9203 9700 or email us at info@energysafe.vic.gov.au.