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Mutual recognition in Victoria for interstate electrical workers.

Mutual recognition in Victoria

Any person who holds an interstate or New Zealand electrical workers licence wishing to carry out electrical installation wiring work in Victoria is required to be licensed by ESV, or must notify ESV under the Automatic Mutual Recognition Scheme (AMR) if they are from a participating AMR state or territory.

Automatic Mutual Recognition

On 1 July 2021 Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) commenced in Victoria for occupations that require an electrical worker’s licence to work in Victoria.

AMR means that licensed electrical workers from participating jurisdictions will no longer need to obtain a licence or registration in Victoria to undertake activities they are already licensed for in their home state.

All Australian States and territories, with the exception of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Western Australia (WA) and Queensland (QLD), are now participating in AMR which means electrical workers holding electrical licences or registrations issued by a state/territory other than the ACT, WA or QLD may automatically carry out the work they are licensed for in Victoria provided that they first notify Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) of their intent to work in Victoria under AMR arrangements.

Victorian licence holders may automatically carry out the work they are licensed for in other participating states and territories unless an exemption applying to electrical work is in place for that jurisdiction. In most cases, you must notify the regulator in the relevant state or territory of your intention to work in their state or territory under AMR.

Advice for electrical workers holding a Victorian licence issued by Energy Safe Victoria

AMR for Victorian electrical licence holders is currently available in the following states and territories.

State/Territory

Notification Required

Regulator

NSW*

No

NSW Fair Trading

NT

Yes

Licensing NT

SA

Yes

Consumer and Business Services (SA)

TAS

Yes

Consumer, Building and Occupational Services (TAS)

*Note: AMR is available in NSW for A Grade Electricians and RECs who hold an Electrician’s Licence. AMR for electrical occupations in NSW is currently governed by the Mutual Recognition (Automatic Licensed Occupations Recognition) Act 2014 (NSW)

Advice for electrical workers holding an electrical licence or registration issued by a NSW, NT, SA or TAS regulator

If your primary place of residence is located in NSW, NT, SA or TAS and you are going to be working in Victoria, you may work in Victoria using your interstate licence under AMR after notifying ESV (see below for more information on how to notify ESV for AMR).

If you are moving permanently to reside in Victoria, you will be required to apply for a Victorian Electrical Workers Licence unless your principal place of work is still within the state or territory of your home licence. Please see the information on Mutual Recognition for Interstate and New Zealand (NZ) Electrical Workers below if you want to apply for a Victorian licence.

ACT, QLD, WA and NZ Electrical Workers who wish to conduct electrical work in Victoria, must apply for a Victorian electrical licence under Mutual Recognition (for equivalent electrical occupations), as AMR does not currently apply to ACT, QLD, WA and NZ Electrical Workers.

How to notify ESV for AMR

For a licensed electrician

Go to ESVConnectExternal Link and create a user profile to check your eligibility. If you satisfy the criteria, you will be able to lodge a notification for AMR of an interstate licence.

Upon successful lodgement of your notification, you will be issued with a Victorian A-grade licence number. There is no charge for this and you will not be issued a licence card. The expiry for this licence number will be in line with the interstate licence you are using for AMR.

Once issued, this will allow you access to purchase, complete and lodge Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES). It is recommended that you lodge an AMR notification each time you renew your interstate licence in order to maintain access to the COES system.

The Electricity Safety Act 1998External Link requires a COES to be issued for all electrical installation work carried out in Victoria.

For a licensed electrical worker other than a licensed electrician (e.g. a restricted electrical license holder or licensed line worker)

Please download and complete the Automatic Mutual Recognition Notification Form and email it to licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au Once the form has been processed you will receive an email with information on how to register for ESVConnect which is important to do to ensure that you are able to purchase, complete and lodge Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES) for all electrical installation work carried out in Victoria.

Note: COES are not applicable to electrical linework.

AMR Notification Form

For an electrical contractor

If you are:

  • a sole trader electrical contractor registered in another AMR State or Territory; and
  • your primary place of residence is another state; and
  • your electrical contracting business operates in Victoria

Then, you can download and complete the Automatic Mutual Recognition Notification Form and email it to licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au Once the form has been processed you will receive an email with information on how to register for ESVConnect which is important to do to ensure that you are able to purchase, complete and lodge Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES) for all electrical installation work carried out in Victoria.

AMR Notification Form

Renewing your AMR Licence/Registration Number

If you renew your interstate licence, you are able to continue working in Victoria under AMR while residing in Victoria on a temporary basis. You will need to notify us by lodging a new notification either via ESVConnect (for Electricians) or via the AMR Notification Form (for Restricted Electrical Worker’s Licences, Lineworkers and REC Sole Traders). If/when you commence residing in Victoria on a permanent basis, you must apply for a Victorian licence on ESVConnect via Mutual Recognition.

AMR Notification Form

Limitations of AMR

You must apply for a Victorian licence if you move to Victoria on a permanent basis

Those with an electrical licence or registration from another Australian state or territory who move to Victoria on a permanent basis must apply for an equivalent licence or registration in Victoria under Mutual RecognitionExternal Link unless their principal place of work for the occupation remains within the state or territory of their home licence.

You may convert your AMR licence to a Victorian licence through ESVConnect by completing the application process and paying the prescribed fee.

For further information, see the Mutual Recognition for Interstate and New Zealand (NZ) Electrical Workers section below.

Automatic Mutual Recognition is only for sole trader electrical contractors

Applications and AMR notifications for electrical contractor registrations under Mutual Recognition can only be made by electrical contractors trading as sole traders. Associations or bodies can apply for registration as a contractor under the normal provisions of theElectricity Safety Act 1998External Link by creating as user profile in ESVConnect, completing the eligibility checker to confirm they meet the criteria and lodging the application.

Mutual Recognition for Interstate and New Zealand (NZ) Electrical Workers

NZ electrical workers and interstate electrical workers who want to work in Victoria on must apply for an equivalent licence or registration in Victoria under Mutual RecognitionExternal Link in accordance with the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (Cth) or the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997External Link (Cth).

To apply:

  1. Go to ESVConnectExternal Link and create a new account if you do not already have one
  2. Apply for the equivalent Victorian electrical licence by clicking on ‘My Applications’ on the left hand side when logged into ESVConnect and following the prompts to apply for a the licence via Mutual Recognition.
  3. Attach a copy of the front and back of your current interstate electrical licence in the ‘Attachments’ section of the online application on ESVConnect

Please ensure you have a credit card to pay the prescribed fee, for your application type.

Applications may be delayed or rejected if found to be incomplete, contain false or misleading information, the documentation requested has not been provided, or if ESV determines the occupation for which a licence is sought is not an equivalent occupation.

Once issued, a Victorian licence will also allow you access to purchase, complete and lodge Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES).

The Electricity Safety Act 1998 requires a COES to be issued for all electrical installation work carried out in Victoria.

Penalties

Any electrical installation work carried out in Victoria, without a Victorian Electrical licence or notification to ESV under AMR is considered unlicensed work and in breach of the Electricity Safety Act 1998, irrespective of you holding a licence in another state, territory or in New Zealand.

It is an offence to work unlicensed or beyond the scope of a licence or registration in Victoria. Offenders may be charged or fined under the Electricity Safety Act 1998External Link .

It is your responsibility to be aware of and ensure compliance with the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and the Regulations when you undertake work in Victoria.

Date: 05/02/2023 21:01

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Reviewed 31 January 2023

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