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Mutual recognition in Victoria

Anyone wishing to carry out electrical wiring work in Victoria is required to be licensed or registered by ESV.

Those with an electrical licence or registration from another Australian state or territory who move to Victoria can apply for an equivalent licence or registration in Victoria under Mutual Recognition. (Refer information below for persons who do not reside in Victoria).

Check for equivalent licences for Victoria and other states.

Mutual Recognition is only for sole traders

Applications for electrical contractor registrations under Mutual Recognition can only be made by 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.

How to apply

For an electrical worker

You may apply for an Electrician’s licence if you meet the requirements.

Go to ESVConnect and create a user profile to check your eligibility. If you satisfy the criteria, you will be able to lodge an application based on your current interstate licence.

The Victorian electrician’s licence is issued for a period of 5 years and is a renewable licence. You will be issued a licence card upon successful finalisation of your licence application.

This licence allows access to purchase, complete and lodge Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES). The Electricity Safety Act 1998 and Electricity Safety (General) Regulations 2019 require a COES to be issued for all electrical installation wo

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

For an electrical contractor

Go to ESVConnect and create a user profile to check your eligibility. If you satisfy the criteria, you will be able to lodge an application.

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.

Penalties

It is an offence to work unlicensed or beyond the scope of a licence or registration. Offenders may be charged under the Electricity Safety Act 1998 or Regulations. Penalties range from a warning to charges heard before a Magistrates’ Court or Committee of Inquiry.

A licence or registration may be cancelled, suspended or have conditions imposed. Fines or infringement notices can also be imposed.

Penalties range up to $5000 for individuals and $25,000 for corporations.

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.

Working in Victoria with an interstate licence

Requirements for non-residents

  • Licensed electricians from other states who come to work for a Registered Electrical Contractor for a short time frame, but do not live in Victoria, must notify ESV before commencing any work.
  • Interstate Licensed Electricians cannot operate an Electrical Contracting business before obtaining Registration as an Electrical Contractor (REC) in Victoria.

Create a profile in ESVConnect

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

This will allow access to purchase, complete and lodge Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES).

The Electricity Safety Act 1998 and Electricity Safety (General) Regulations 2019 require a COES to be issued for all electrical installation work.

Upon successful lodgement of your application you will be issued with an A grade licence number. There is no charge for this licence 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.

This is a non-renewable licence that allows limited access to COES for one off electrical work. As an AMR licence holder you are not eligible to be nominated as a technical supervisor on a Victorian Registration as an electrical contractor.

Mutual recognition

If your work situation changes you may upgrade the AMR licence to an MRA licence through ESVConnect by completing the application process and paying the prescribed fee.

You will be provided with a User ID and Password to enable you, as the worker, to buy and lodge Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES) on completion of all electrical installation work.

The Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) employing the worker must include the interstate Licensed Electrician on their registered workers’ list, held either online with ESV or in the REC’s administration.

When these procedures are complete, the Licensed Electrician may begin work under the normal conditions and requirements for all licensed electrical workers in Victoria.

If you wish to re-licence in Victoria, please complete an application under Mutual recognition of a current interstate licence (MRA) – refer to information above.

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