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Self-balancing scooter (or hoverboard) requirements

Changes to the supply of hoverboards

The prohibition and the requirements to have battery powered self-balancing scooters (or hoverboards) certified before they can be sold in Victoria expired on 1 July 2017.

From 1 July 2016, ESV imposed additional requirements on the supply of self-balancing scooters in Victoria to ensure all products provided for sale meet specific safety requirements. ESV gazetted the changes to the Electricity Safety Act 1998, which required all self-balancing scooters sold in Victoria to meet specific safety requirements. Suppliers who wished to sell these products in Victoria needed to apply to ESV for a Certificate of Compliance (also known as a Certificate of Suitability) that, when granted, indicated that their product was approved and meet the safety requirements specified by ESV.

Current requirements

Hoverboards are not classified as prescribed electrical equipment (level 3), therefore it is not mandatory to have a Certificate of Compliance (also known as a Certificate of Suitability) before they are supplied.

On 17 November 2016, AS/NZS 60335.2.201:2016 – Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Particular requirements for battery powered self-balancing personal transport devices was published . The essential safety requirements in AS/NZS 3820 that are applicable to hoverboards are covered by AS/NZS 60335.2.201 and should be used to ensure obligations under the Electrical Safety Act 1998 are met.

You can still apply for a voluntary Certificate of Compliance to ensure the product you are supplying complies with the relevant standard, which may give peace of mind to both the supplier and the customer.

For further information

Call our Electrical Equipment Safety department 03 9203 9700 – Option 5 – Option 1; or email at info@energysafe.vic.gov.au