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Applying for a Cathodic Protection System

Cathodic Protection Systems must be registered with Energy Safe Victoria.

Overview

Section 93(1) of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 (the Act) prohibits the operation of a Cathodic Protection System (CPS) unless that system is registered with Energy Safe Victoria in accordance with the Electrical Safety (Cathodic Protection) Regulations 2019External Link .

Application requirements

To make an application, you are required to be an authorised representative of the CPS owner.

Where required, you will also need the following information for your application to be submitted:

  • A signed authorisation form from the CPS owner (see 'sample owner authorisation letter' template below)
  • A signed consent form from the CPS operator (if the owner is not the operator) (see 'sample operator consent letter template below)
  • System drawings
  • A map showing the proposed location of the CPS, the metallic structure it is intended to protect and all metallic structures likely to be affected by the proposed system
  • Electronic copies of the contacts made with any structure owners likely to be affected by the system and their response/s
  • Payment (refer to the registration fee schedule at the bottom of this page).

Making an application via ESVConnect

All registrations for cathodic protection systems must now be submitted and managed online via ESVConnectExternal Link .

See more information about ESVConnect and to login or register for Registration of Cathodic Protection Systems.

How ESVConnect works

From the ESVConnect dashboard, you can

  • view and manage your registered CPS
  • make new applications and
  • respond to requests for more information.

For registered users, if you select an existing CPS registration from the list, the system’s details will display and you can:

  • initiate a registration renewal, or
  • notify ESV about:
    • the date of operation
    • any modifications made
    • a transfer of ownership or
    • a change of operator.

Note that your cathodic protection system registration may not appear in your dashboard if the business or contact details for your CPS are incomplete.

If a CPS registration is missing, contact ESV via email electrolysismitigation@energysafe.vic.gov.au and provide details about the missing system (or systems) so our records may be updated.

User guide

Download and read the ESVConnect Registration of Cathodic Protection Systems User Guide:

Registration fees

Cathodic Protection System registration fees depend on the system’s output and are set annually by the Victorian Government.

Registration fees (including GST) are:

  • $147.50 for a total output of up to and including 250 milliamperes (8.77 fee units)
  • $369.18 for a total output over 250 milliamperes and up to and including 2 amperes (21.95 fee units)
  • $833.72 for a total output over 2 amperes (49.57 fee units).

Sample owner authorisation letter

You may use the following letter template to example to obtain the Cathodic Protection System owner’s authorisation.

  • Select the text below and copy into a Microsoft Word document and edit as required.
  • Then, attach to your cathodic protection system registration application.

[Owner company letterhead]

[insert date]

Electrolysis Mitigation Section
Energy Safe Victoria
PO Box 262
Collins Street West VIC 8007

RE: AUTHORITY TO APPLY LETTER

[Select applicable text block below]

This letter is to advise Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) that [insert Operator company name], [insert Operator ABN], is authorised to act on the behalf of [insert Owner company name], [insert Owner ABN], in all matters relating to applying for new registrations and renewing existing registrations of Cathodic Protection Systems that we own, including signing all related documents.

This authorisation is valid from [insert start date] until [insert end date] or until ESV is notified, in writing, that this authorisation is revoked.

OR

This letter is to advise Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) that [insert Operator company name], [insert Operator ABN/ACN], is authorised to act on the behalf of [insert Owner company name], [insert Owner ABN/ACN], in relation to Cathodic Protection System registration application (reference number [insert case number]), including signing all related documents.

This authorisation is valid for this application only.

Regards

[insert full name of authorised signatory]
[insert title of authorised representative]
[insert Owner company name]


You may use the following letter template to obtain the Cathodic Protection System operator’s consent.

  • Select the text below and copy into a Microsoft Word document and edit as required.
  • Then, attach to your cathodic protection system registration application.

[Operator company letterhead]

[insert date]

Electrolysis Mitigation Section
Energy Safe Victoria
PO Box 262
Collins Street West VIC 8007

RE: CONSENT TO OPERATE ON BEHALF OF OWNER

This letter is to advise you that we, [insert Operator company name], ABN: [insert Operator ABN], consent to being authorised to operate Cathodic Protection System(s) on behalf of [insert Owner company name] and we understand the legal obligations relating to operating a Cathodic Protection System on behalf of the Owner.

This consent is valid from the date of this letter until ESV is notified, in writing, that consent is withdrawn or the authorisation is revoked.

Regards

[insert full name of authorised signatory]
[insert title of authorised representative]
[insert Operator company name]

Date: 08/02/2023 6:15

The material in this print-out was accurate at the time of printing.

Reviewed 30 January 2023

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