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PV systems documentation

AS/NZS 5033 requirements

Documentation is an important requirement outlined in the installation standard, AS/NZS 5033, which must be complied with when installing a PV system.

The standard specifies the documentation that must be supplied to the PV system owner. Clause 5.7 provides a detailed list of the required documentation.

When the required documentation is not completed satisfactorily, this presents a safety risk.

The importance of correct documentation

Providing the system owner with the required documentation is fundamental to the system being operated and safely maintained over its lifetime. It is also necessary to effectively carry out an inspection of the solar installation.

Supporting compliance

ESV has released guidance on the testing of solar panel installations.

This guidance includes a process to upload documentation and results to ESVConnect so an LEI can undertake an efficient and effective inspection of the installation. This will assist in the PV system being signed off as compliant in a timely manner.

New regulatory focus

ESV will increase auditing and monitoring to improve compliance rates in relation to the provision of correct documentation to PV system owners.

Infringement notices will be issued if required.

This regulatory focus will be in addition to our ongoing emphasis on the compliance of system installation testing, including earthing of solar panels, as well as mismatched d.c. connectors.

Webinar: Documentation requirements of AS/NZS 5033

In November 2021, ESV’s Solar Safety team presented a webinar for Licensed Electrical Inspectors (LEIs) on the documentation requirements of AS/NZS 5033, to ensure this requirement is complied with.

We encourage you to watch recording of the webinar below.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding compliance with the standard or the webinar, contact our Electrical technical assistance line on (03) 9203 9700 (select option 2) or by email at