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Policies and guidelines

We have developed policies to provide transparent rationale to the Victorian community.

Policies

Licensing

Energy Safe Victoria has developed policies around the licensing of lineworkers and cable jointers, to provide transparent rationale for the issue and renewal of these licence types:

  • Restricted class “C” electrical lineworker licence – for persons already licensed as a class “D” electrical lineworker:
Restricted Class C Lineworker Licence policy - April 2023
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  • Supervised class “R” electrical lineworker licence – known as an R(S) licence:
Supervised Class R Electrical Lineworker Licence policy - April 2023
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Minimum clearance spaces for electric lines

From 27 June 2022, Energy Safe can issue infringement notices to persons who fail to comply with their responsibilities for ensuring trees are kept clear from electric lines as required by clause 3(1) of the Code of Practice for Electric Line Clearance.

  • Compliance and enforcement of minimum clearance spaces for electric lines:
Compliance and enforcement of minimum clearance spaces for electric lines
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Guidelines

Prosecution Guidelines

Energy Safe's Prosecution Guidelines communicates how we exercise our prosecutorial discretion. These guidelines do not limit our discretion to use any enforcement option deemed appropriate.

Safety case submissions

Energy Safe has developed various guidelines to assist major electricity companies (MECs), gas companies, licensed pipeline operators and other responsible entities draft safety case submissions and comply with the requirements of the Act and relevant Regulations.

  • Electricity Safety Management Scheme (ESMS) Preparation and Submission Guidelines for MECs – to assist MECs with the preparation and submission of an ESMS for electricity transmission and distribution networks:
MEC_ESMS_Guidelines_Nov2019
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  • Incident and Safety Performance Reporting Guidelines for MECs – to provide MECs with guidance on reporting to Energy Safe in accordance with the Act and Regulations:
Electrical Safety Performance Reporting Guidelines Rev 05072022
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  • Gas Safety Case Preparation and Submission for Facilities and Pipelines Guidelines – to help gas companies and other responsible entities to understand how to develop and comply with an accepted gas safety case:
Gas Safety Case Preparation and Submission for facilities and pipelines
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  • Safety Management Plan Preparation and Submission for Pipelines – to help licensed pipeline operators and other responsible entities to understand how to develop and comply with an accepted safety management plan.

More information

For more information about safety cases and the development of policies and guidelines in line with regulatory requirements, email us at info@energysafe.vic.gov.au.

Lineworker licensing

More information about lineworker licensing, contact our Licensing team:

Contact form

Email: licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au

Call us on 1800 815 721 between the following hours:

  • Monday, Thursday, Friday – 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Tuesday – 12:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Wednesday – 9:00am to 12:30pm.

Date: 20/07/2024 15:29

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