Supplying, selling and hiring
Gas appliances for sale or hire, including second-hand appliances, must meet certain ESV requirements. To ensure public safety to the public, all gas appliances sold in Australia and New Zealand are required to be tested and certified.
Auction houses, dealers, and suppliers must ensure that all gas appliances have a data plate affixed to them, and those appliances are in a proper state of repair.
Supplying gas appliances for hire
Gas appliances for hire must have been accepted by Energy Safe Victoria and be in a state of proper repair.
When a gas appliance is offered for hire it is subject to Section 71 of the Gas Safety Act 1997 which makes it an offence to supply or sell unaccepted or unlabelled appliances. Section 71 also requires the appliance to have been accepted by ESV and have an ESV approved label affixed to it.
Acceptance of equipment for hire
Domestic and light commercial type appliances, such as cookers (ovens, stoves and hobs), space heaters, central heaters, water heaters, catering equipment and leisure appliances – referred to as Type A appliances, are accepted when they have been certified by either the Australian Gas Association, SAI Global, IAPMO R&T Oceana, Global-Mark, BSI or ESV. Products may also have been certified by the previously recognised Vicpac.
To demonstrate acceptance, the appliance must carry the Certificate number.
Hire companies should be aware of these requirements and comply with them.
Appliances offered for hire should be checked regularly to confirm:
- they can be operated according to the manufacturer’s instructions,
- they operate properly, and
- safety items such flame failure devices work.
Sale and supply of second-hand gas appliances
Second-hand gas appliances must have been previously accepted or certified and be in a state of proper repair.
The acceptance of a second-hand gas appliance may have been negated by alteration or by relocation (this applies to appliances accepted under a Tier 2 arrangement, as denoted on the appliance badge). If acceptance has been negated, re-acceptance must be obtained before commissioning.
It is an offence to supply or sell an appliance that is not accepted, including a second-hand appliance.
Acceptance of second-hand equipment for sale
It is common for a second-hand gas appliance (and occasionally new appliances) to be offered for sale by auction. Sale (and supply) of any Type A gas appliance is subject to Section 71 of the Gas Safety Act 1997. This requires the appliance to be accepted by ESV for the purposes of sale or supply.
Acceptance for domestic and light commercial type appliances such as cookers (ovens, stoves and hobs), space heaters, central heaters, water heaters, catering equipment and leisure appliances – referred to as Type A appliances – is through certification by the Australian Gas Association (AGA), SAI Global, IAPMO R&T Oceana, Global-Mark, Vipac or alternatively by direct acceptance by ESV on application, using Schedule 2 of the Gas Safety (Gas Installation) Regulations 2018.
To demonstrate acceptance, the appliance must carry an AGA, SAI Global, IAPMO R&T Oceana, Global-Mark, Vipac or ESV badge.
Badges and data plates
Every accepted gas appliance is required to have a data plate affixed to it. The data plate must display the following information:
- certificate holder’s trade name or identifying symbol
- model designation
- month and year of manufacture or serial number
- gas or gases for which the appliance is intended to be used
- total nominal gas consumption
- the certification number.
The certificate number is evidence the appliance has been accepted.
The badge, and in a few cases the data plate, may have been removed. If the make, model and serial number can be positively identified and if a certifier confirms that this make and model is a certified appliance, the appliance may be regarded as accepted.
Applying for acceptance
ESV accepts applications from licensed gasfitters for acceptance of second-hand gas appliances.
On receiving an application, ESV assesses the appliance against an appropriate standard (this may differ to the standard applied when the appliance was manufactured). If the gasfitter provides sufficient verification that the appliance complies with the appropriate standard, ESV will accept the appliance and supply an acceptance badge.
If the supplied information is insufficient or the required safety devices do not comply, ESV will not accept the appliance.
If you have any queries in relation to supplying, selling and hiring gas appliances and equipment, please contact our Gas Technical Helpline directly on 1800 652 563 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.