Gas and electrical certification amendments 2013
Regulatory amendments to the gas and electrical certification regimes have been in force since 1 July 2013.
The Gas (Safety and Measurement) Amendment Regulations 2012 and the Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2012 are expected to lead to safer outcomes for consumers.
Energy Safety conducted industry and consumer surveys in 2010 to understand awareness about the purposes of certification and other aspects of the regimes. The results, along with further industry consultation, helped formulate Cabinet and policy decisions about the retention and improvement of certification. The changes will improve the gas and electricity certification regimes by:
- Extending certification to cover all gas and installation prescribed electrical work (PEW).
- Improving the accountability of all those who affect the safety of work.
- Requiring a Safety Certificate to be issued after connection.
- Providing for a publicly available database to record information on installation work classified as high risk.
- Updating administrative processes to take advantage of technology developments.
- Maintaining and enhancing the alignment of the gas and electrical certification regimes.
- Removing fees for gas and electrical Certificates of Compliance (CoC) from 1 July 2013.
Ministers Heatley and Williamson jointly issued an announcement on the cabinet decision.
Original discussion document, and information on completed workshops and surveys related to the review.