News & Views

9th September 2020

New Electricity Safety (Registration and Licensing) Regulations coming in 2021

NECA is involved with the re-writing of the Electricity Safety (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2020, which will replace the current regulations on 1 January 2021.

The proposed Regulations will prescribe, for the first time, some types of electrical linework as being work that may only be carried out by licensed electrical lineworkers. This may affect some electrical contractors in Victoria.
 
The proposed Regulations will also enable Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) to require licensed electrical workers to complete skills maintenance and skills development activities before being able to renew their electrical worker’s licence. These requirements are commonly referred to as continuing professional development or CPD requirements.
 
  • ESV will specify continuing professional development requirements  
  • The continuing professional development requirements may include skills maintenance or skills development activities or both and must not exceed for any one class of licence during a renewal period
(a) 8 hours of skills maintenance activities; and 
(b) 8 hours of skill development activities.
  • The continuing professional development requirements must be completed within the 2 year period immediately before making an application for the renewal of a licence
 
ESV have not definitively established how this will be set up.
 
Other key changes to the legislation include:
  • Limiting the number of business that a person can be a technical nominee for;
  • Electrical work in a patient area (See AS/NZS3003) at any voltage is a prescribed class of electrical work (excluding communications equipment);
  • Electrical generation systems at any voltage is a prescribed class of electrical work;
  • Electrical installation work carried out on all or part of a battery system is a prescribed class of electrical work;
  • Electrical installation work which involves electrical linework limited to the connection and disconnection of underground electric cables for electricians;
  • Electricians will not be permitted to perform linework;
  • ESV may refuse to issue a licence if
(a.) the applicant has not complied with these Regulations in relation to the class of licence applied for; or 
(b.) the applicant has, within 5 years of submitting the application to Energy Safe Victoria, contravened a provision of:
(i) the Act; or 
(ii) these Regulations; or 
(iii) the Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009; or  
(iv) the Electricity Safety (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2010; or  
(v) the Electricity Safety (General) Regulations 2019
 

Visit the Energy Safe Victoria website for more information