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ESV and the Victorian Building Authority (VBA)

ESV and the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) work together as regulators of the gas industry.

Who does what?

ESV is the gas safety regulator for Victoria

ESV is Victoria’s independent electricity, gas and pipeline safety and technical regulator. It is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of standards, codes and policies under the Electricity Safety Act 1998, Gas Safety Act 1997 and Pipelines Act 2005 and their respective regulations.

The VBA is the authority for plumbing-related matters

The VBA administers the licensing and registration system for plumbers and gasfitters, and promotes and enforces plumbing standards across Victoria.

The VBA’s website contains information about plumbing registration and licences in Victoria, including the specialised classes of Gasfitting.

Standard gas installations and complex gas installations

Licensed plumbing practitioners self-certify that their standard gas installation work complies with all relevant regulations, standards and codes, generally, by issuing a Compliance Certificate to the consumer. The VBA monitors the compliance of self-certified work through random audits and inspections of standard gas installations.

Generally plumbing and gasfitting work in domestic and light commercial premises qualify as standard gas installations. All other plumbing and gasfitting in industrial, commercial and public premises, including in high rise buildings, schools and hospitals etc. is regarded as complex gas installation work.

Work on Type B gas appliances, and consumer piping connected to the Type B appliance, is deemed complex gas installation work.

On completion of work on a standard gas installation, a Compliance Certificate must be issued to the customer. The licensed plumbing practitioner must then lodge the details of the Compliance Certificate with the VBA within five days of the completion of the plumbing work.

Prior to the supplying gas to a complex gas installation, an Application for Acceptance of Complex Gas Installations and Type B Gas Appliances must be submitted and accepted by ESV.

For more information, refer to Gas Information Sheet No. 33 Gas Installation Notification.

Investigations

Both authorities can investigate incidents and complaints, but generally, ESV specialises in gas matters, whereas the VBA investigates multiple complaints and those relating to poor workmanship (such as leaking roofs and drainage problems).

Contact details

For all enquiries relating to the VBA, call 1300 815 127 or the VBA website.

If you have any queries in relation to this information, please contact our Gas Technical Helpline directly on 1800 652 563 or at gastechnicalenquiry@energysafe.vic.gov.au.