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ELECTRICITY SAFETY ACT 1998


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

   PART 1--PRELIMINARY

   1.      Purpose  
   2.      Commencement  
   3.      Definitions  
   3A.     Declaration of certain distribution companies or transmission companies not to be major electricity companies  
   4.      Exemptions  
   5.      Act to bind the Crown  

   PART 2--ENERGY SAFE VICTORIA

   6.      Objectives of Energy Safe Victoria  
   7.      Functions of Energy Safe Victoria  
   7A.     Energy Safe Victoria may have regard to the reliability and security of electricity supply in certain cases  
   8.      Funding  

   PART 3--ELECTRICAL WORK

           Division 1--Registration of electrical contractors

   30.     Contractors  
   31.     Registration of electrical contractors  
   32.     Registered number  
   33.     Register of electrical contractors  
   34.     Disciplinary action  
   35.     Employees of registered electrical contractor  
   36.     Electrical contractors not to employ certain persons  
   37.     Obligations on registered contractors  

           Division 2--Licensing of electrical workers

   38.     Electrical workers  
   39.     Apprentices deemed to be licensed  
   40.     Licensing of electrical workers  
   41.     Disciplinary action  

           Division 3--Electrical installation work

   41A.    Responsible person  
   41B.    Supervisor deemed to carry out certain work  
   42.     Implied conditions relating to electrical installation work  
   43.     Safety of electrical installations  
   43A.    Safety of electrical installations—building work  
   44.     Compliance and testing of electrical installation work  
   45.     Inspection of electrical installation work  
   45A.    Certificates of electrical safety  
   45AB.   Enforcement officer may require rectification of non‑compliant electrical installation work  
   45B.    Supply of certificate forms  

           Division 4--Installation of electric lines on public land

   46.     Regulation of installation  
   47.     Exemption  
   48.     Division not to affect operation of other requirements  
   49.     Transitional  

   PART 4--ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

   54.     Standards of electrical equipment  
   55.     Certification of compliance of electrical equipment  
   57.     Prescribed electrical equipment  
   58.     Approval of equipment  
   59.     Re-examination  
   60.     Modifications after approval  
   61.     Approval of samples  
   62.     Withdrawal of approval  
   63.     Prohibition of supply of electrical equipment  
   64.     Offence to disobey prohibition  
   65.     Recall of electrical equipment  
   66.     Offence to fail to comply with requirement  

   PART 5--ENERGY EFFICIENCY

   68.     Prescribed electrical equipment not to be supplied unless registered and labelled  
   68A.    Exemptions from energy efficiency  

   PART 6--RIGHTS OF REVIEW

   69.     Applications to review  

   PART 7--UNDERGROUND ELECTRIC LINES AND OWNERS OR OPERATORS OF COMPLEX ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS

   75.     General duties of owners or operators of complex electrical installations and railways  
   76.     Underground electric lines  
   77.     Underground electric lines—obligations of distribution companies  
   78.     Protection of underground electric lines  

   PART 8--BUSHFIRE MITIGATION REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN OPERATORS AND ELECTRIC LINE CLEARANCE

           Division 1--General

   79.     Urban area  
   80.     Fire hazard rating  
   81.     Declared area in urban area  
   82.     Operation of Part  
   83.     Point of supply  

           Division 1A--Bushfire mitigation requirements for certain operators of at-risk electric lines
           Subdivision

           1--Interpretation
   83A.    Definitions  

              Subdivision 2--General
              duties in relation to bushfire mitigation plans

   83B.    General duty of specified operators to minimise bushfire danger  
   83BA.   Submission of bushfire mitigation plans for acceptance  
   83BB.   Compliance with bushfire mitigation plan  
           Subdivision
           3--Acceptance and validation of bushfire mitigation plans
   83BC.   Validation of bushfire mitigation plans  
   83BD.   Additional information  
   83BE.   Acceptance of bushfire mitigation plan  
   83BF.   Provisional acceptance of bushfire mitigation plan  
   83BG.   Non-acceptance of bushfire mitigation plan  
   83BH.   Energy Safe Victoria may determine bushfire mitigation plan  
   83BI.   Duration of accepted bushfire mitigation plan  
   83BJ.   Compliance audits for accepted bushfire mitigation plans—independent audits  
   83BK.   Compliance audits—Energy Safe Victoria  

           Division 2--Responsibility for maintenance of lines

              Subdivision 1--Persons
              responsible for maintaining lines

   84.     Requirement to keep trees clear of electric lines—distribution companies  
   84A.    Requirement to maintain line—occupiers of land with private or low voltage electric lines  
   84B.    Requirement to keep trees clear of private electric lines—occupiers of contiguous land  
   84C.    Requirement to keep trees clear of electric lines—Councils  
   84D.    Requirement to keep trees clear of electric lines—other persons  

              Subdivision 2--Other
              matters

   85.     Exercise of powers with respect to lines  
   86.     Failure to maintain lines  
   86A.    Energy Safe Victoria may give directions for restriction or prevention of tree growth  

           Division 2A--Electric lines and municipal fire prevention plans

   86B.    Municipal fire prevention plans must specify procedures for the identification of trees that are hazardous to electric lines  

           Division 3--Electric Line Clearance Consultative Committee

   87.     Constitution of Committee  
   88.     Functions of the Committee  
   88A.    Committee to consider reliability and security of electricity supply  
   89.     Procedure for Code  
   90.     Offences against Code  

           Division 4--Compliance audits in relation to compliance with the Code

   90A.    Compliance audits in relation to compliance with Code—Energy Safe Victoria  
   90B.    Compliance audits in relation to compliance with Code—independent audits  

           Division 5--Compliance audits in relation to compliance with the management plan

   90C.    Application  
   90D.    Compliance audits for management plans—Energy Safe Victoria  
   90E.    Compliance audits for management plans—independent audits  

   PART 9--CATHODIC PROTECTION AND MITIGATION OF STRAY CURRENT CORROSION

   91.     Victorian Electrolysis Committee  
   92.     Functions of the Committee  
   93.     Operation of cathodic protection systems  
   93A.    Evidentiary provision—operation of cathodic protection systems  
   94.     Railway operator—duty in relation to stray electrical current leakage  
   95.     Mitigation systems  
   96.     Directions of Energy Safe Victoria  
   97.     Costs in relation to mitigation systems  

   PART 10--ELECTRICITY SAFETY MANAGEMENT

           Division 1--General duty of major electricity companies

   98.     General duty of major electricity companies  

           Division 2--Mandatory electricity safety management schemes (major electricity companies)

   99.     Electricity safety management scheme  
   100.    Validation of electricity safety management scheme for a supply network  
   101.    Additional information  
   102.    Acceptance of electricity safety management scheme  
   103.    Provisional acceptance of electricity safety management scheme  
   104.    Non-acceptance of electricity safety management scheme  
   105.    Energy Safe Victoria may determine electricity safety management scheme  
   106.    Compliance with electricity safety management scheme  
   107.    Revision of electricity safety management scheme—change  
   108.    Revision of electricity safety management scheme—each 5 years  
   109.    Energy Safe Victoria may request submission of a revised electricity safety management scheme  
   110.    Offence to fail to submit revised electricity safety management scheme on request  
   111.    Application of provisions to revised electricity safety management scheme  
   112.    Revisions that do not relate to bushfire mitigation  
   113.    Compliance with electricity safety management scheme is a defence  

           Division 2A--Ongoing bushfire mitigation requirements for major electricity companies

   113A.   Submission of bushfire mitigation plans for acceptance  
   113B.   Compliance with bushfire mitigation plan  
   113C.   Validation, acceptance, provisional acceptance and determination of bushfire mitigation plans  
   113D.   Accepted bushfire mitigation plan forms part of accepted ESMS  
   113E.   Revisions that only relate to bushfire mitigation  
   113F.   Inspection of overhead private electric lines  

           Division 3--Voluntary electricity safety management schemes

   114.    Electricity safety management scheme for employers of electrical workers  
   115.    Electricity safety management scheme for specified premises  
   116.    Electricity safety management scheme for owner of complex electrical installation  
   117.    Exemption from certain provisions of Act or regulations  
   118.    Compliance with electricity safety management scheme  
   119.    Revision of voluntary electricity safety management scheme—each 5 years  
   120.    Revision of voluntary electricity safety management scheme—change  
   120A.   Energy Safe Victoria may request submission of revised electricity safety management scheme  
   120B.   Compliance with request  
   120C.   Lapsing of electricity safety management scheme  
   120D.   Duty of employer of electrical workers  
   120E.   Duty of occupier of specified premises  
   120F.   Duty of owner of complex electrical installation  
   120G.   Compliance with electricity safety management scheme is a defence  

           Division 4--Other matters

   120H.   Compliance audits—independent audits  
   120I.   Compliance audits—Energy Safe Victoria  
   120J.   Annual fees  

   PART 11--ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND POWERS

           Division 1--Appointment of enforcement officers

   121.    Enforcement officers  

           Division 2--Powers of entry--general

   122.    Powers of entry—compliance  
   123.    Occupier to be given copy of consent  
   124.    Emergency access  
   125.    Powers on entry  
   126.    Return of things seized  
   127.    Magistrates' Court may extend period  
   128.    Entry to be reported to Energy Safe Victoria  

           Division 3--Powers of entry--enforcement

   129.    Powers of entry—enforcement  
   130.    Occupier to be given copy of acknowledgement  
   131.    Search warrant  
   132.    Announcement before entry  
   133.    Copy of warrant to be given to occupier  

           Division 4--General

   134.    Power of enforcement officer to require information or documents  
   135.    Offence to give false information to enforcement officer  
   136.    Copying of documents  
   137.    Protection against self-incrimination  
   138.    Offence to obstruct enforcement officer  
   139.    Police to assist enforcement officers  
   140.    Impersonation of enforcement officer  

   PART 11A--INFRINGEMENT NOTICES

   140A.   Definition  
   140B.   Power to serve a notice  
   140D.   Infringement penalties  

   PART 12--GENERAL

           Division 1--Directions

   141.    Director may give directions  
   141A.   Additional powers in emergencies  
   141AB.  Information notices  
   141AC.  Director may give directions to preserve, retain or store  
   141B.   Delegation by Director  

           Division 2--Reporting of serious electrical incidents

   142.    Notification of serious electrical incidents  

           Division 3--Improvement notices

   143.    Enforcement officer may issue improvement notice  
   144.    Offence not to comply with improvement notice  
   145.    Notices may include directions  

           Division 4--Other matters

   145A.   Offences under Part 8  
   146.    Offences by bodies corporate  
   147.    Offences by partnerships or unincorporated associations  
   148.    False or misleading information  
   148A.   Period within which proceedings for offences may be brought  

   PART 13--REGULATIONS

   149.    Supply safety  
   149A.   Reliability and security of electricity supply  
   150.    Safety management schemes  
   151.    Electric line clearance  
   151A.   Bushfire mitigation  
   152.    Installation safety  
   153.    Equipment safety  
   154.    Equipment efficiency regulations  
   155.    Cathodic protection and stray current corrosion regulations  
   156.     Electrical contractors and electrical workers  
   157.    General regulation making powers  
   158.    Disallowance of regulations  

   PART 14--TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS AND CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS

   160.    Transitional provisions—electrical contractors and mechanics  
   161.    Transitional provision—electrical equipment  
   162.    Transitional provision—urban area  
   162A.   Making of certain statutory rules  
   163.    Transitional provisions—abolition of the Electrical Appeals Board  
   164.    Transitional provisions—Electricity Safety Amendment Act 2007  
   165.    Savings provision—proclaimed electrical equipment  
   166.    Transitional provision—Energy Legislation Amendment (Bushfire Mitigation and Other Matters) Act 2011  
           SCHEDULE 1
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