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Your responsibilities

As a licensed and registered electrician, you have regulatory responsibilities.

This guideline is aimed at providing an overview of responsibilities that are now incumbent upon you under the Electricity Safety Act 1998 (the Act) and pursuant regulations.

A Grade electrician responsibilities

As an A grade electrician, you must:

  • upon receipt, sign your A grade licence card
  • notify Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) within 10 days of any change of name and/or address details
  • when carrying out electrical installation work and at the request of ESV, produce your A grade licence card, or details of your licence
  • ensure all electrical circuits are correctly isolated from supply or adequate precautions are taken to prevent shock or injury
    • guidance on safe work on low voltage is detailed in AS/NZS 4836
  • ensure your electrical installation work complies with the Act, Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations and relevant standards
  • complete all mandatory tests on your electrical installation work in accordance with the Act and Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations before it is connected to an electricity supply
  • complete the appropriate Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES) within the required times for the work undertaken
    See ‘COES system explained’ on ESV’s website for further details
  • notify ESV on 1800 000 922 as soon as reasonably practicable of any serious electrical incidents relating to your work which causes, or has the potential to cause:
    • the death of or injury to a person
    • significant damage to property
    • a serious risk to public safety.

Additionally, within 20 business days after the incident, a written report of the incident must be sent to:

Email:    info@energysafe.vic.gov.au

Postal:

Energy Safe Victoria

Attn: Electrical Incidents

PO Box 262

COLLINS STREET WEST VIC 8007

As an A grade electrician, you must not:

  • carry out, or offer to carry out electrical installation work for profit, gain or reward, unless you hold a current Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) licence
  • carry out electrical installation work, unless your A grade electrician’s licence is current – it is your responsibility to know your licence expiry date
  • install any electrical equipment which will be unsafe if connected to an electricity supply
  • carry out any electrical equipment work that will make either the equipment or the building unsafe if connected to an electricity supply.

As an A grade electrician, you should:

  • know the expiry date of your licence
  • maintain knowledge of the following documents (as amended from time to time):
    • Electricity Safety Act
    • Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations
    • Electricity Safety (Registration and Licensing) Regulations
    • AS/NZS 3000: Wiring Rules and all other standards applicable to your work including referenced sections of the Building Code of Australia (BCA)
    • the Victorian Electricity Distributors Service and Installation Rules
  • ensure you have current copies of legislation, Australian Standards and Codes of Practice pertaining to electrical installation work
  • understand your OH&S responsibilities
  • wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment (PPE).

As an A grade electrician, you should understand:

  • ESV may direct a person responsible for non-compliant electrical work to rectify that work at no cost to the customer
  • ESV may take disciplinary action if you fail to comply with the ESA or pursuant regulations including suspension and/or cancellation of your licence, infringement notices and prosecution.

 

Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) responsibilities

As a REC electrician, you must:

  • upon receipt, sign your REC card
  • notify Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) within 10 days of any change of name, contact and/or address details
  • hold public liability insurance with a minimum cover of $5million when carrying out, or offering to carry out electrical contracting work
  • ensure all advertisements, notices and statements promoting your registered electrical contracting business include your REC number
  • only employ licensed electrical workers to carry out electrical installation work
    NOTE: inclusive of any electrical apprentice who is deemed to be licensed when under effective supervision during a contract of training (four-year electrical apprenticeship), or within three months of completing their training contract
  • keep a register of all licensed electrical workers who you have employed, including apprentices, which must be available for inspection at all reasonable times by ESV
  • ensure the effective supervision of the electrical installation work carried out by the business i.e. not to direct or permit a person to carry out any electrical installation work that does not comply with the ESA and pursuant regulations
    NOTE: this may be carried out by an REC that holds an A grade electrician’s licence, or a nominated technical supervisor that holds an A grade electrician’s licence.
  • ensure all electrical circuits are correctly isolated from supply, or adequate precautions are taken to prevent shock or injury
    • guidance on safe work on low voltage is detailed in AS/NZS 4836
  • ensure the quality of the materials, fittings and apparatus used in connection with the electrical installation work, including the methods followed, are in accordance with all regulations and standards
  • ensure the appropriate Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES) is completed within the required times for the work undertaken, and
    • ensuring prescribed electrical installation work is inspected by a licensed electrical inspector prior to energisation of that work
    • all copies of the COES are distributed as required
      See ‘COES system explained’ on ESV’s Website for further details
  • ensure you maintain a nominated person with the appropriate qualifications as:
    • a business supervisor who is responsible for the management and administration of the business; and
    • a technical supervisor to effectively supervise the electrical installation work carried out by the electrical contractor; and
    • notify ESV within 10 business days to any change to the business or technical supervisor and/or their details
  • notify ESV on 1800 000 922 as soon as reasonably practicable of any serious electrical incidents relating to your work which causes, or has the potential to cause:
    • the death of or injury to a person
    • significant damage to property
    • a serious risk to public safety

Additionally, within 20 business days after the incident, a written report of the incident must be sent to:

Email:   info@energysafe.vic.gov.au

Postal:

Energy Safe Victoria

Attn: Electrical Incidents

PO Box 262

COLLINS STREET WEST VIC 8007

As a REC, you should:

  • maintain a knowledge of the following documents (as amended from time to time):
    • Electricity Safety Act
    • Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations
    • Electricity Safety (Registration and Licensing) Regulations
    • AS/NZS 3000, Wiring Rules and all other standards applicable to your work including referenced sections of the Building Code of Australia (BCA)
  • the Victorian Electricity Distributors Service and Installation Rules
  • undertake regular education and training
  • have an understanding of your OH&S responsibilities
  • wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment (PPE).

As a REC, you must not:

  • carry out electrical contracting work unless your registration and insurance are current – it is your responsibility to know your registration expiry date.

As a REC, you should understand:

  • ESV may direct a person responsible for non-compliant electrical work to rectify that work at no additional cost to the customer
  • ESV may take disciplinary action if you fail to comply with the ESA or pursuant regulations including suspension and/or cancellation of your registration, infringement notices and prosecution.

 

Licensed Electrical Inspector (LEI) responsibilities

A LEI must:

  • upon receipt, sign your LEI licence card
  • notify Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) within 10 days of any change of name and/or address details
  • when carrying out an electrical inspection and at the request of ESV, produce your LEI licence card or details of your licence
  • only carry out an electrical inspection within the scope of your licence.

Attending an inspection

  • Attend the electrical installation address stated on the Prescribed Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES).
  • Have the Prescribed COES signed by the person who carried out the electrical installation work.
  • Ensure the Prescribed COES:
    • is legible on all copies
    • contain all the required details
    • is accurate.

Carrying out an inspection

  • Maintain safe working practices including taking adequate precautions against injury i.e. safe approach.
  • Inspect the electrical installation in accordance with the Electrical Safety (Installations) Regulations and AS/NZS 3000: Wiring Rules.
  • Carry out testing of the electrical installation as required by the Electrical Safety (Installations) Regulations, including:
    • test in accordance with AS/NZS 3000: Wiring Rules
    • in the case of high voltage installation work, test in accordance with AS/NZS 2067.

Completion of the inspection

  • Ensure you have signed the certificate of inspection section of the Prescribed COES and all the details required by the Prescribed COES are completed.
  • List any defects in the Details of Defects section on the Prescribed COES, if any defects were identified during the inspection.
    Note: The LEI is not required to record any defects on the customer’s copy of the certificate of inspection, if the defects are rectified at the time of the inspection.
  • If the electrical installation inspected will be electrically unsafe when connected to supply, you must complete the Safety Statement section of the Prescribed COES.
  • If inspected work does not comply with the ESA or Regulations, the responsible person for that electrical installation work must be notified of the defect/s within four business days after the inspection.
  • Notify ESV of the completion of the certificate of inspection via IVR or online certification system, within four business days of the inspection being carried out.
  • Return the completed Prescribed COES to the responsible person who carried out the electrical installation work within four business days, after the completion of the inspection.
  • Retain your copy of the Prescribed COES for three years after the date you signed the certificate.

As a LEI, you must not:

  • be directly employed by the responsible person or a related body corporate for the electrical installation work
  • inspect electrical installation work for which you have been involved in the design of that work, other than giving advice
  • carry out electrical inspection work unless your LEI licence is current – it is your responsibility to know your licence expiry date.

As a LEI, you should:

  • know the expiry date of your licence
  • understand that the responsible person must have the prescribed electrical installation work inspected within eight business days, after the completion of that work
  • maintain knowledge of the following documents (as amended from time to time):
    • Electricity Safety Act
    • Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations
    • Electricity Safety (Registration and Licensing) Regulations
    • AS/NZS 3000: Wiring Rules, other relevant standards including referenced sections of the Building Code of Australia (BCA)
    • the Victorian Electricity Distributors Service and Installation Rules
  • undertake regular education and training
  • understand your OH&S responsibilities
  • wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment (PPE)
  • consider appropriate insurance.

As a LEI, you should understand:

  • ESV may take disciplinary action if you fail to comply with the ESA or pursuant regulations including suspension and/or cancellation of your licence, infringement notices and prosecution.

 

Supervised Electrical Worker’s responsibilities

As a supervised worker, you must:

  • upon receipt, sign your Supervised Electrical Worker’s licence card
  • notify Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) within 10 days of any change of name and/or address details
  • when carrying out electrical installation work and at the request of ESV, produce your Supervised Worker’s Licence card or details of your licence
  • notify ESV on 1800 000 922 as soon as reasonably practicable of any serious electrical incidents relating to your work which causes, or has the potential to cause:
    • the death of or injury to a person
    • significant damage to property
    • a serious risk to public safety

Additionally, within 20 business days after the incident, a written report of the incident must be sent to:

Email:     info@energysafe.vic.gov.au

Postal:

Energy Safe Victoria

Attn: Electrical Incidents

PO Box 262

COLLINS STREET WEST VIC 8007

As a supervised worker, you must not:

  • carry out electrical installation work without effective supervision by a licensed electrician
  • carry out electrical installation work unless your supervised worker’s licence is current – it is your responsibility to know your licence expiry date

As a supervised worker, you should:

  • Know the expiry date of your licence
  • maintain a knowledge of the following documents (as amended from time to time):
    • Electricity Safety Act
    • Electricity Safety (Installation) Regulations
    • Electricity Safety (Registration and Licensing) Regulations
    • AS/NZS 3000 Wiring Rules and all other standards applicable to your work including referenced sections of the Building Code of Australia (BCA)
    • the Victorian Electricity Distributors Service and Installation Rules
  • ensure you have current copies of Legislation, Australian Standards and Codes of Practice pertaining to electrical installation work
  • understand your OH&S responsibilities
  • wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment (PPE).

As a supervised worker, you should understand:

  • ESV may take disciplinary action if you fail to comply with the ESA or Regulations including suspension and/or cancellation of your licence, infringement notices and prosecution.

 

The information presented in this guideline is intended for general use only. It should not be viewed as a definitive guide to the law, and should be read in conjunction with the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and pursuant regulations.

Note: The word ‘must’ indicates that legal requirements exist, which must be complied with. The word ‘should’ indicates a recommended course of action, while ‘may’ indicates an optional course of action.