Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is the independent technical regulator responsible for electricity, gas and pipeline safety in Victoria.
A statutory authority, we also licence electricians, manage the Certificate of Electrical Safety Program, conduct community safety campaigns, ensure electrical and gas products are approved and safe for use, and investigate gas and electrical incidents.
Our role is broad and ranges from accepting industry’s safety cases and safety management schemes for the design, construction and maintenance of electricity, gas and pipeline networks across the state to regulating against standards and administering regulations covering gas and electrical appliances and installations and energy efficiency.
We have a team of investigators who probe gas and electrical safety issues in homes and businesses across the state, and run various community education campaigns alerting Victorians to potential dangers with energy. Our annual campaigns include Be Sure, which raises awareness about the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning from gas appliances, DDIY (Don’t Do your own electrical work), Know the drill before you grill (safe use of BBQs and LPG cylinders) and Be on the right side of power safety (getting old household wiring checked).
We also license electricians, register spotters and issue and audit Certificates of Electrical Safety, which is your guarantee that electrical work has been performed by a qualified electrician.
ESV is led by the Director of Energy Safety (Director), who is appointed under the Energy Safe Victoria Act 2005. This Act is administered by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio. The Director is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ESV.