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Certificates of Electrical Safety Audit program

Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES) is a requirement of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and the Electricity Safety (General) Regulations 2019 for all electrical installation work undertaken in Victoria.Registered Electrical Contractors(RECs) and Licensed Electrical Workers (LEWs), such as Electricians or Restricted Electrical Licence holders, purchase and complete Certificates of Electrical Safety and provide a copy to their customer.

Unregistered and unlicensed persons cannot purchase or lodge certificates with Energy Safe Victoria.

Auditing of the electrical installation work described on a Certificate of Electrical Safety COES has been undertaken since 1999 to ensure the completed electrical installation work is compliant with legislation and relevant Australian Standards.

ESV audit electrical installation work to ensure the safety of persons, livestock, and property against the dangers and damage that may arise if electrical installation work is non-compliant or unsafe.

In addition to ensuring the electrical work is safe and compliant, the safety audit data informs ESV of the current state of industry’s knowledge of the various electrical Standards it is required to comply with. This data is used to identify key areas for education and/or refresher education of the trade.

The auditor visiting your property is engaged by ESV to conduct an audit of electrical installation work described on the COES provided by your REC or LEW.

Every auditor must carry a personal identification card, which will be visible and available for you to view on request.

Electrical safety audits are an important service provided by ESV to the consumer. This service is free and optional. You may ask the auditor to leave at any time.

Should the auditor find the electrical installation work to be non-compliant, the REC is notified by the auditor and the REC is required to return to site to rectify any notified non-compliances at no cost to you.

All COES auditors are employed/engaged by one or more of the following companies:

Electrical Compliance Victoria:

Ph: 0412 997 432



Electrical Inspection and Assessment
Ph: 03 5338 8277

Mob: 0477 514 774



Techsafe Australia

Ph: 0404 639 050



COES audit brochure

Download the Certificates of Electrical Safety audit brochure here.


Contact us

For advice and information about COES or the COES audit program, contact our COES team in the following ways: