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Mutual recognition in Victoria

Any person who holds an interstate or New Zealand electrical workers licence wishing to carry out electrical installation wiring work in Victoria is required to be licensed by ESV or must notify ESV under the Automatic Mutual Recognition Scheme.

If you are going to be working in Victoria on a temporary basis, you will be required to apply for Automatic Mutual Recognition.

If you are moving permanently to Victoria, you will be required to apply for a Victorian Electrical Workers Licence. Please see the Mutual Recognition for Interstate and New Zealand (NZ) Electrical Workers below.

Automatic Mutual Recognition

On 1 July 2021 Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) commenced in Victoria for occupations that require an electrical worker’s licence to work in Victoria.

AMR means that licensed electrical workers from participating jurisdictions will no longer need to obtain a licence or registration in Victoria to undertake activities they are already licensed for in their home state.

From 1 July 2021, workers holding electrical licences or registrations issued by a New South Wales (NSW), Northern Territory (NT) or Australian Capital Territory (ACT) regulator may automatically carry out the work they are licenced for in Victoria provided that they first notify Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) of their intent to work in Victoria under AMR arrangements.

The remaining states, Western Australia (WA), South Australia (SA), Queensland (QLD) and Tasmania (TAS) have committed to joining the AMR scheme in the near future.

Advice for electrical workers holding a licence issued by a NSW, NT or ACT regulator

Workers from these jurisdictions that hold an electrical licence may use that licence to carry out the same electrical work they are licensed for in Victoria provided that they first notify Energy Safe Victoria of their intention to work in Victoria.

Further details on how to notify ESV are set out below.

Advice for licensed electricians holding a licence issued by a WA, SA, QLD or TAS regulator

Under current Victorian regulations, licenced electricians from these jurisdictions (that hold a licence equivalent to the Victorian A Grade licence) may carry out the same electrical work they are licensed for in Victoria provided that they first notify Energy Safe Victoria of their intention to work in Victoria.

Further details on how to notify ESV are set out below.

Advice for electrical workers (other than electricians) holding a licence issued by a WA, SA, QLD or TAS regulator

AMR is currently not available for workers that hold an electrical licence issued by a regulator in these jurisdictions.

Advice for electrical workers holding a Victorian licence issued by Energy Safe Victoria

AMR for Victorian electrical licence holders is not yet available in other states and territories.  This page will be updated with additional guidance and information as AMR becomes available to Victorian licence holders.

Some states may have alternative arrangements for licensed electricians only. Please contact the relevant state or territory for further information.

How to notify ESV for AMR

For a licensed electrician

Go to ESVConnect and create a user profile to check your eligibility. If you satisfy the criteria, you will be able to lodge a notification for automatic mutual recognition (AMR) of an interstate licence.

Upon successful lodgement of your notification, you will be issued with a Victorian A-grade licence number. There is no charge for this and you will not be issued a licence card. The expiry for this licence will be in line with the interstate licence you have applied for automatic mutual recognition (AMR) with.

Once issued, this will allow you access to purchase, complete and lodge Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES).

The Electricity Safety Act 1998 requires a COES to be issued for all electrical installation work carried out in Victoria.

For a licensed electrical worker other than a licensed electrician (e.g. a restricted electrical license holder or licensed line worker)

Please download and complete the Automatic Mutual Recognition Notification Form and email it to licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au Once the form has been processed you will receive an email with information on how to register for ESVConnect which is important to do to ensure that you are able to purchase, complete and lodge Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES) for all electrical installation work carried out in Victoria.

For an electrical contractor

If you are a sole trader, and are moving to Victoria on a temporary basis, you can download and complete the Automatic Mutual Recognition Notification Form and email it to licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au Once the form has been processed you will receive an email with information on how to register for ESVConnect which is important to do to ensure that you are able to purchase, complete and lodge Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES) for all electrical installation work carried out in Victoria.

Limitations of AMR

You must apply for a Victorian licence if you move to Victoria on a permanent basis

Those with an electrical licence or registration from another Australian state or territory who move to Victoria on a permanent basis must apply for an equivalent licence or registration in Victoria under Mutual Recognition.

You may upgrade the AMR licence to a Victorian licence through ESVConnect by completing the application process and paying the prescribed fee.

For further information, see the Mutual Recognition for Interstate and New Zealand (NZ) Electrical Workers section below.

Automatic Mutual Recognition is only for sole trader electrical contractors

Applications and AMR notifications for electrical contractor registrations under Mutual Recognition can only be made by electrical contractors trading as sole traders. Associations or bodies can apply for registration as a contractor under the normal provisions of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 by creating as user profile in ESVConnect, completing the eligibility checker to confirm they meet the criteria and lodging the application.

Mutual Recognition for Interstate and New Zealand (NZ) Electrical Workers

Interstate and NZ electrical workers who move to Victoria on a permanent basis must apply for an equivalent licence or registration in Victoria under Mutual Recognition in accordance with the Mutual Recognition Agreement or the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997.

To apply:

  1. Go to ESVConnect (https://connect.energysafe.vic.gov.au/) and create a new account if you do not already have one
  2. Apply for the equivalent Victorian electrical licence by clicking on ‘My Applications’ on the left hand side when logged into ESVConnect and following the prompts to apply for a the licence via Mutual Recognition.
  3. Attach a copy of the front and back of your current interstate electrical licence in the ‘Attachments’ section of the online application on ESVConnect

Please ensure you have a credit card to pay the prescribed fee, for your application type.

Applications may be delayed or rejected if found to be incomplete, contain false or misleading information, the documentation requested has not been provided, or if ESV determines the occupation for which a licence is sought is not an equivalent occupation.

Once issued, a Victorian licence will also allow you access to purchase, complete and lodge Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES).

The Electricity Safety Act 1998 requires a COES to be issued for all electrical installation work carried out in Victoria.

Penalties

Any electrical installation work carried out in Victoria, without a Victorian Electrical licence is considered unlicensed work and in breach of the Electricity Safety (Registration & Licensing) Regulations 2020, irrespective of you holding a licence in another state.

 

It is an offence to work unlicensed or beyond the scope of a licence or registration in Victoria. Offenders may be charged or fined under the Electricity Safety Act 1998 or Regulations.

It is your responsibility to be aware of and ensure compliance with the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and the Regulations when you undertake work in Victoria.

Contact us

You can contact our licensing team in the following ways:

Monday, Thursday, Friday — 9:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday — 12:30pm to 4:00pm
Wednesday — 9:00am to 12:30pm