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Electrical installation defects

Online defects list for electrical installation work.

Overview

Energy Safe Victoria provides an online defects list to assist the electrical industry to correctly record defects as required by the Electricity Safety (General) Regulations 2019External Link on Certificates of Inspection or audit forms.

The online COES defects listExternal Link can be sorted by:

  • defect ID number
  • instrument and clause
  • defect type
  • keywords used to search the defect description.

Top 10 installation defects from prescribed certificate inspections

This table is updated periodically. Latest update: May 2023.

Number Defect ID Instrument/
Standard
Section/
Clause
Description
1 111018 Electricity Safety Act 1998 (the Act) 45A Certificates of Electrical Safety – Certificate of Compliance errors
2 641276 AS/NZS 5033: 2021 Installation and safety requirements for photovoltaic (PV) arrays. 5.6.1 Recording of solar system layout - General
3 111010 Electricity Safety Act 1998 45(1) Inspection of electrical installation work – inspection prior to energisation
4 121229 Electricity Safety (General) Regulations 2019 262 Details to be accurate and legible – certificate of compliance
5 211205 AS/NZS 3000:2018 +A1+A2 Electrical Installations 2.10.7 SWITCHBOARDS – Fire-protective measures
6 641272 AS/NZS 5033: 2021 Installation and safety requirements for photovoltaic (PV) arrays 5.4 Fire and emergency information
7 641280 AS/NZS 5033: 2021 Installation and safety requirements for photovoltaic (PV) arrays 6.1 System documentation and commissioning – General
8 641251 AS/NZS 5033: 2021 Installation and safety requirements for photovoltaic (PV) arrays 4.6.3 Earthing arrangements – Earthing or bonding connections requirements
9 641237 AS/NZS 5033: 2021 Installation and safety requirements for photovoltaic (PV) arrays 4.4.7.2.3 Wiring systems - Entries/exits of enclosures containing conductor terminations - conduits terminating into enclosures containing disconnection devices
10 211886 AS/NZS 3000:2018 +A1+A2 Electrical Installations 8.2.1 VISUAL INSPECTION - General

Notes:

  • Defect ID 111018 Certificates of Electrical Safety – CoC errors identifies the amount of certificates returned by the LEI to the responsible person for certificate information or administration errors.
  • LEIs should contact Energy Safe when a prescribed COES returned to the LEW or REC with defects and the LEW or REC has not actioned the rectification of those defects within 30 days. Energy Safe will return the certificate to the LEI for certification as non-compliant.

Top 10 installation defects from COES audits

This table is updated periodically. Latest update: May 2023.

Number Defect ID Instrument or Standard Section or
Clause
Description
1 211205 AS/NZS 3000:2018 +A1 +A2 2.10.7 SWITCHBOARDS – Fire-protective measures
2 211199 AS/NZS 3000:2018 +A1+A2 2.10.5.2 SWITCHBOARDS - Relationship of electrical equipment
3 121229 ES (General) Regs 2019 262 Details to be accurate and legible – certificate of compliance
4 211404 AS/NZS 3000:2018 +A1 Electrical Installations 4.4.2.2 SOCKET-OUTLETS – Protection of socket-outlets
5 211929 AS/NZS 3000:2018 +A1+A2 2.9.3 PROTECTION AGAINST FIRE HAZARD DUE TO ARCING FAULTS - Rating
6 211279 AS/NZS 3000:2018 +A1 Electrical Installations 3.9.3.3.2 INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS - Wiring systems likely to be disturbed - Support and protection
7 212565 AS/NZS 3000:2018 +A1+A2 5.4.6.1 EARTHING OF EQUIPMENT – Structural metalwork including conductive building materials – General
8 211917 AS/NZS 3000:2018 +A1+A2 2.6.2.2.1 ADDITIONAL PROTECTION BY RESIDUAL CURRENT DEVICES - General
9 211308 AS/NZS 3000:2018 +A1 Electrical Installations 3.9.9.3 INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS – Selection and installation to minimize the spread of fire – Penetration of fire barriers
10 211256 AS/NZS 3000:2018 +A1 Electrical Installations 3.7.2.11 ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS - Earthing conductors

Application

Where the electrical installation work being inspected or audited does not comply with the minimum requirements of the relevant section of the Act, Regulation or clause of the Standards, the defect number allocated to that particular section, Regulation or clause must be identified on the Certificate of Inspection or the Audit Form.

Defect review

Where a Licensed Electrical Inspector has added defects to a Certificate of Inspection and the Licensed Electrical Worker or Responsible Person wish to appeal these defects, please contact Energy Safe's Head of COES for consideration, including all evidence to support your appeal.

Energy Safe can delete a defect from a Certificate of Inspection if the certificate has been returned to the LEW for rectification.

Note: Defects cannot be removed from completed COES and Energy Safe does not cancel COES that have defects identified on the Certificate of Inspection.

Electrical installations work defects

The following criteria is used to allocate the selection of ‘Unsafe’ defects in the defect list.

  • Immediately unsafethe ability for a person to make contact with exposed metal that may be live or may become live when energised where only one action is required by a person or animal to come into contact with those live parts

    and
  • Any requirements of the legislation and or Standards intended to protect persons and livestock from electric shock hazards that may arise from the normal use of an electrical installation.

An electrical installation or electrical installation work deemed unsafe by an Electrical Inspector or Electrical Auditor must be isolated from supply, or the individual circuit disconnected and made safe.

Defect documentation requirements

The item being defected, the location of the item and the description of each defect documented by an LEI during inspection or Auditor during an audit must be accurate, legible and in plain English.

LEIs preparing a valid defect description should always use the text from the relevant clause or section of the Act, Regulation or clause of the Standard they are using to identify the installation as defective.

Examples of defect documentation

Defect Example description

211205 – AS/NZS 3000:2018 +A1+A2 – 2.10.7 – SWITCHBOARDS – Fire-protective measures – Technical

Wiring systems associated with the Main Switchboard in the meter box not arranged to mitigate the spread of fire.

211929 – AS/NZS 3000:2018 +A1+A2 – 4.1.2 – Electrical equipment – Selection and installation – Technical

Electrical equipment [enter item] located [enter location] not installed as required or to the additional requirements of the manufacturer’s instructions

212565 – AS/NZS 3000:2018 +A1+A2 – 5.4.6.1 – EARTHING OF EQUIPMENT – Structural metalwork including conductive building materials – General – Unsafe

Structural metalwork or conductive building materials not earthed as required

Data collection

Data collected from defects identified on the Certificate of Inspection and completed audits will be used for future targeted education and training.

Note: Energy Safe no longer provides descriptive content to each defect identified in the COES defect recording system.

Date: 29/02/2024 2:48

Controlled document

The currency and accuracy of this document cannot be guaranteed once printed or saved to a storage device. If in doubt, please check the ESV website for the current version.

Reviewed 14 December 2023

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