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ESV develops a platform to support electrical safety

Tasked by the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS), Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is developing a new platform to support the EESS framework ensuring consumers are buying safe electrical appliances.

The EESS is a framework to safeguard the safety of low voltage electrical appliances, such as household appliances. It includes a national database of approved suppliers and certified products that meet national safety standards. EESS aims to harmonise various state legislation across Australia.

Certified products carry the EESS Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) symbol to demonstrate they are safe.

This significant investment by EESS will develop a platform to replace a system that is 10 years old and no longer fit for purpose. Both suppliers and consumers will find it easier to use with in-built self-help. It will have enhanced capability to share information, including incident investigations. There will also be improvements to ensure national visibility, data quality, and reconciliation activities.

A broad range of industry stakeholders, including representatives from the regulators, contributed to the gathering of the business requirements. Many continue to be engaged in the design and user testing to ensure we deliver a sound platform that meets the needs of EESS and the industry as a whole.

The new platform is being developed and released in stages and is expected to become fully operational by the end of the year.

The EESS is governed by an intra-governmental agreement signed by Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, and Tasmania. It was introduced in Victoria on 1 April 2019. Other jurisdictions are currently progressing towards implementation of the EESS.

You can find out more on the EESS website here, including more information about the new EESS platform project.