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Appliance acceptance submissions

ESV must ‘accept’ the safety of all gas appliances before they can be legally supplied, sold or installed in Victoria.

Overview

The information on this page relates to Energy Safe Victoria’s (ESV) acceptance schemes for gas appliances, which ensure the safe design, installation and sale of Type A and Type B gas appliances in Victoria

ESV must ‘accept’ the safety of all gas appliances before they can be legally supplied, sold or installed in Victoria. The acceptance pathways vary between gas appliance types. Definitions of Type A and Type B gas appliances are listed here.

Type A submissions

There are two acceptance pathways for Type A gas appliances in Victoria:

  • ‘Acceptance of Certification’ for domestic and commercial catering mass produced gas appliances
  • ‘Acceptance of Appliance’ by ESV for typically one-off gas appliances not accepted under a Type B submission

Type B submissions

There are two acceptance pathways for Type B gas appliances in Victoria:

  • Acceptance of an application through GasTrac by a licensed Type B gasfitter
  • Acceptance of a Safety Case by ESV

This is the legislation that applies to the acceptance of gas appliances and equipment. The requirements set out in the legislation must be followed. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.

Type A submission pathways

Certification scheme

ESV uses Australian standards as the basis for the assessment of gas appliance safety. Where a relevant Australian standard exists, Type A gas appliances are typically assessed by a certification body who has been accepted by ESV.

Conformity Assessment Bodies (Certifier Bodies) with certification schemes accepted by ESV are listed (in alphabetical order) below:

Submissions must be made directly to one of these certifying bodies.

Most domestic and commercial catering gas appliances sold in Victoria are covered by an acceptance scheme. Gas appliance categories covered by schemes vary between certifying bodies..

Gas Technical Regulators in all other States and Territories have also accepted these schemes.

For one-off Type A gas appliance installations in Victoria, the appliance may instead be submitted to an approved Tier 2 certification scheme. IAPMO is the only certifying body currently with an ESV accepted Tier 2 certification scheme.

Every accepted gas appliance is required to have a compliance (data) plate affixed to it.

If you discover a Type A gas appliance that is not certified, please contact our Gas Technical Helpline directly on 1800 652 563 or at gastechnicalenquiry@energysafe.vic.gov.au.

Under the Act, ESV is empowered (after publishing a notice in the Government Gazette) to declare any acceptance scheme for appliances or any part of the scheme specified in the notice, to be authorised for the purposes of the Act (see Division 5 – Appliances and gas installations, section 68: Authorisation of acceptance scheme).

Acceptance of Type A appliances under section 69 of the Act

Some Type A gas appliances are not yet covered by a relevant Australian Standard or certification scheme. Examples of such appliances are:

  • emergency training equipment
  • some industrial or manufacturing appliances
  • Type A appliances operating on gaseous fuels outside the scope of relevant standards; e.g. hydrogen

Where a relevant standard or accepted conformity assessment body does not yet exist, an “Acceptance of Appliance”, as per Section 69 of the Act must be granted by ESV in order to be supplied and installed in Victoria

ESV can specify testing, modifications and conditions of application, which are enforceable under the regulations. Payment is required before the acceptance is finalised. Upon approval of the application, ESV will generate a unique compliance plate and allocate an identifier for the application.

Every accepted gas appliance is required to have a compliance (data) plate affixed to it.

If an appropriate certification scheme exists or if a Type B application would be appropriate, ESV will reject an s69 application and instead refer the applicant to those acceptance pathways.

Email the completed acceptance form to: typeAgasapprovals@energysafe.vic.gov.au

Under the Act, ESV, on the application of any person, may accept an appliance or class of appliances for the purposes of this Act (see Division 5 – Appliances and gas installations, section 69: Acceptance of appliance).

Compliance plates for type A appliances

Every accepted gas appliance is required to have a compliance (data) plate affixed to it. The compliance plate must display the following information:

  • certificate holder’s trade name or identifying symbol
  • model designation
  • month and year of manufacture or a traceable serial number
  • gas or gases for which the appliance is intended to be used
  • total nominal gas consumption
  • certification number or ESV acceptance number.

Type B Submissions

Acceptance of an application through GasTracExternal Link .

Section 73 of the Act requires that a person carrying out work on a complex gas installation, which can include the installation of a Type B appliance, must apply to ESV for acceptance of the gas installation. The application is made through GasTracExternal Link by a licensed Type B gasfitter.

Appliance safety case

Division 3 of the Act provides that ESV may permit the manufacturer of a class of Type B appliance intended for use in manufacturing or industrial premises to submit a safety case for supply and installation of those gas appliances.

Applications must be in writing, specifying the safety management system to be followed. ESV will discuss requirements for a safety case upon review of each application. Refer to Complex applications and compliance for details on the submission process.

Refer to section 53 of the Act for further details.

Compliance plates for type B appliances

Every accepted gas appliance is required to have a compliance (data) plate affixed to it. The compliance plate must display the following information:

  • ESV acceptance number
  • Appliance serial number
  • Location of installation
  • Date of installation

Refer section 29 and schedule 12 of the Regulations for further details.

Date: 01/02/2023 12:19

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Reviewed 31 January 2023

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