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Compliance and enforcement priorities

Our 9 compliance and enforcement priorities for 2022/23.


ESV has identified 9 compliance and enforcement priorities, which demonstrate how we will reduce energy safety risks to people and property. These are listed below, along with our Compliance and Enforcement Policy, which has been updated to align with the priorities.

Compliance and Enforcement Policy

Safety is our number one priority at ESV. We will never walk past an unsafe situation and will always act to prevent harm and ensure community safety in the electricity, gas and pipeline industries. We expect regulated entities to know their regulatory obligations and will take enforcement action where required to achieve compliance and promote safety.

The Compliance and Enforcement Policy describes our approach to promoting and enforcing compliance with the energy safety legislative framework in Victoria.

2022/23 priorities

Bushfire mitigation

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Powerline maintenance

The failure of powerlines and associated assets can lead to fires or bushfires – with significant consequences for people and property.

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Vegetation clearance around powerlines

Vegetation that comes into contact with powerlines can start fires, cause power outages and could result in electrocutions. It is considered a state-significant risk as it has the potential to start devastating bushfires.

Renewable energy

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New energy infrastructure

The Victorian Government is investing in electricity network infrastructure, to support the development of 6 Renewable Energy Zones (REZs).

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Renewable energy generation

Renewable energy solutions are evolving, with new technology introduced to the market. ESV has highlighted the need for greater regulatory to focus to ensure owners and operators of complex installations address energy safety.

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Hydrogen readiness

ESV will implement measures and undertake activities to ensure that we achieve decarbonisation of the Victorian gas network without compromise to public safety.

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Battery energy storage systems

There have been recent instances of fire caused by battery energy storage (BES) systems in Victoria and other jurisdictions. Increased uptake of BES systems requires ongoing regulatory vigilance and the development of further safety insights.

Electrical and Gas safety

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Electrical work

Electrical work that is not carried out safely in line with applicable Australian Standards can cause injury, death or fires. Maintaining compliance among licensed electrical workers and licensed electrical inspectors ensures the safety of the Victorian community and electrical workers.

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Gas (Type A) and electrical appliance safety

A small number of harmful incidents arise from gas and electrical appliance and equipment use each year. Continuing focus is required to ensure the safety of the Victorian community.

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Energy network strikes and encroachment

Third-party asset strikes are the most common cause of pipeline and gas network damage and loss of containment, which can lead to serious injury.

Third-party clearance breaches and asset strikes are the most common cause of damage to the electricity network – which can lead to damage to property and equipment, serious injury and death.

Date: 31/03/2023 0:56

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Reviewed 29 January 2023

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