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Your responsibilities as a supervised electrical worker.

As a Supervised Electrical Worker, 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 1998External Link (the Act) and pursuant regulations.

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, and within 20 business days after the incident, submit an Electrical Incident Report Form:

Electrical Incident Report Form

Send the form to:

Energy Safe Victoria
Attn: Electrical Incidents
PO Box 262


  • for any electric shock relating to your work or at the location you are working at, submit an Electrical Incident Report Form within 20 business days after becoming aware of the incident. The written report must be sent to the aforementioned address#.
Electrical Incident Report Form

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 (General) 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.

#An electrical worker is not required to notify / provide written reports to ESV if they have reported the incident to, and it is confirmed that the employer / person in control of the workplace or the relevant REC has notified ESV / provided the written reports to ESV, as required.

Date: 27/09/2023 12:16

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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 28 January 2023

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