source: Clean Energy Regulator

Changes to 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

As of 24 May 2020, ESV has reverted back to include the Date of Completion as a mandatory field in the COES. This change was implemented to align the form with our needs in relation to small-scale technology certificate (STC) eligibility.

The Date of Completion is the date the system is tested as being capable of producing electricity. This date will be taken to be the installation date listed in the STC claim in the REC Registry.

Date of Completion indicated in the COES, is now a mandatory field.

Please note: in reference to our communications on 26 September 2019, the installation date will no longer need to be noted in the ‘Description of work undertaken’ field within the form.

Installer responsibilities

Installers are reminded of their responsibilities in relation to Section 6.2 of the Clean Energy Council (CEC) Install and Supervise guidelines. These outline the limits that apply to the number of installations an Accredited Person shall sign off per day. Installers should perform their due diligence to ensure that they do not sign off in excess of this limit without pre-approval from the CEC directly.

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.

STCs 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