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Regulatory Impact Statement

Extension of prohibition of supply of compact RCBOs

Regulatory Impact Statement

A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) was prepared in relation to the extension of the current RCBO prohibition, which will expired on 30 June 2020.

The proposed draft notice is for a 10 year period to 30 June 2030, and is required as part of the RIS development to show the content and intent of the legislative instrument.

Download the documents

The following documents are available for download below:

  1. Notice of decision by Director of Energy Safety
  2. Extending the RCBO prohibition – General response to submissions
  3. Statement of Reasons – RCBO Prohibition
  4. Regulatory Impact Statement Letter of Adequacy
  5. Regulatory Impact Statement – Extending the RCBO Prohibition
  6. Draft RCBO Prohibition Notice 2020

Submissions received

ESV received five submissions in response to the RIS for the extension of the current RCBO prohibition. ESV has responded to each submission, which are provided below for public record.

The contents of the submissions have been redacted to protect the privacy of individuals.

Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2020

New Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations were made on 16 June 2020 under the Electricity Safety Act 1998. The new Regulations – which commence operation on 27 June 2020 – will replace the Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2015.

Statement of Reasons

The re-making process has involved preparation of a new Code of Practice for Electric Line Clearance, as adopted in the proposed 2020 Regulations, and a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) that examined the costs and benefits of the preferred regulatory model and of various options.

The RIS and an exposure (consultation) draft of the proposed Regulations were published on 4 November 2019, which commenced a mandatory public consultation period. Public consultation closed on 6 March 2020.

ESV has now prepared and made available a Statement of Reasons (see below link) responding to stakeholder submissions received during the public consultation period and giving reasons for key changes to the Regulations following consultation.

Download the documents

The Statement of Reasons, RIS and the consultation draft of the proposed Regulations are available for download below:

Submissions received

ESV received 20 submissions in response to the RIS for the proposed Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations. ESV will respond to each submission, which are provided below for public record.

The contents of the submissions have been redacted to protect the privacy of individuals.

Electricity Safety (General) Regulations 2019

The consultation period for this Regulatory Impact Statement has ended. No further submissions will be accepted.

Regulatory Impact Statement

A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) was prepared in relation to the proposed Electricity Safety (General) Regulations 2019 (the proposed Regulations).

The proposed Regulations, to be made under the Electricity Safety Act 1998, will replace the Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009, which sunset (expire) on 8 December 2019.

The objectives of the proposed Regulations are:

  • to prescribe the methods to be followed in carrying out electrical installation work;
  • to prescribe the quality of materials, fittings and apparatus to be used in connection with electrical installations;
  • to provide for inspection of prescribed electrical installation work;
  • to provide for the testing and certification of electrical installation work;
  • to prescribe standards for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of electrical installations;
  • to provide for the protection of persons from risk, and property from damage, associated with the generation, transmission, distribution and use of electricity;
  • to prescribe certain provisions of these Regulations that create offences as provisions in respect of which infringement notices may be served; and
  • to prescribe fees, penalties and other matters authorised by the Electricity Safety Act 1998.

The RIS examines the impact of the proposed Regulations and possible alternatives, and concludes that the proposed Regulations are the best means of meeting the objectives of the Regulations

Download the documents

Copies of the proposed Regulations and RIS are available for download below:

Submissions received and ESV’s response

ESV received eight submissions in response to the RIS for the proposed General regulations. ESV has responded to each submission, and provides both documents below for public record.

The contents of the submissions and ESV’s responses have been redacted to protect the privacy of individuals.