source: Clean Energy Regulator

Recent changes to the format of the Energy Safe Victoria Certificate of Electrical Safety

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is a technical and safety regulator responsible for the safe generation, supply and use of electricity, gas and pipelines in Victoria.

ESV requires a Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES) be issued for all electrical installation work carried out in Victoria under the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009.

Creating small-scale technology certificates

We understand that recent changes to the format of ESV Connect COES has caused some confusion around what information is required when creating small-scale technology certificates (STCs).

Key points for creating STCs with the ESV Connect COES:

  • the installation date should be clearly noted in the ‘Description of work undertaken’ field within the form. This will be taken as the date of installation for the purposes of creating STCs;
  • the owner name is not required on the COES; and
  • the address must match the details on the STC assignment form.

Please note: the date of certification will not be accepted as the date of installation, as this can vary under electronic submission. We understand that there have been installations carried out where the actual installation date has not been specified in the COES, and we will assess these on a case-by-case basis.

Agent responsibilities

It is important to remember that the provision of false or misleading information, including incorrect installation dates, is an offence under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000.

Certificates created in contravention of the legislation may expose the agent to prosecution or civil proceedings.

More information

See the ESV Quick Reference Guide, or visit the ESV website for more information.

Yours sincerely

REC Registry