Implementation of the Electrical Equipment Safety System

Update - EESS requirements for after 1 April 2019

The EESS commenced in Queensland on 1 March 2013. In 2018 an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) on governance of the EESS was signed by Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria. EESS legislation started on 1 April 2019 in Victoria. Other Australian jurisdictions are currently progressing or considering (or have not yet made a decision about) their implementation of the EESS. New Zealand will have complementary legislation in due course.

The IGA sets up a ministerial oversight committee (MOC) of Ministers who have signed the IGA to ensure government oversight and governance of the EESS laws. A Standing Council of Officers (SCO), with members appointed by the Ministers, has also been constituted by the IGA. The SCO will oversee the operational aspects of the EESS.

A new website for the EESS is under development and all information relating to the EESS will be migrated to once that website is finalised.

The EESS is now considered to be operational and all previous transitional arrangements have ceased.

The National Equipment Certification Database System

ERAC has created a central portal for identifying all certificates of electrical equipment issued under electrical equipment safety system (EESS) laws in Australia.

To verify your product has a valid certificate, click here for the public search.

Uniform Electrician Licensing Across Australia

In 2001, the National Uniform Electrical Licensing Advisory Council (NUELAC) released the following uniform set of requirements for licensed electricians.


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Electrical Equipment Safety Recall Guide

When faults or safety concerns arise with equipment already on the market, a recall may be needed. This can be in the form of a mandatory recall or voluntary recall.

Provided to assist traders in the conduct of the recall is the Electrical Equipment Safety Recall Guide

Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Labelling Program, Australia

Certain electrical products in Australia must be labelled with their energy efficiency rating and/or meet minimum energy efficiency standards before sale.

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Accident Statistics

Electrical safety regulators collect and analyse electrical fatality data to assist our work towards improving electrical safety in Australia and New Zealand.

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