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Spotter's registration

Information about training and registering as a Spotter in Victoria.


To comply with the No Go Zone requirements a Spotter must be used when working inside specified clearances near overhead power lines. A Spotter is required for each item of plant or equipment operating in the vicinity of overhead electrical lines on any work site.


For registration as a Spotter with Energy Safe Victoria you must provide the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with:

  • High Risk licences
  • Evidence of units of competency where they exist
  • Verification of competency documentation
  • Current first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) documentation
  • Evidence of training, competency training and experience.

Evidence of training, competency or experience must be demonstrated to obtain a Spotter Certificate for items of plant such as:

  • an Elevated Work Platform <11 metres
  • a Vehicle Mounted Crane <10 tonne / metres or
  • other plant where there is no formal operating competency.

The RTO will verify which classes Spotters will be allowed to spot for.

Once this information is received by the RTO, a completed Spotter's Registration card will be generated by Energy Safe and sent to the applicant’s residential address or work address (depending on the details provided to the RTO).

Registration profile

Registered Spotters may access their registration profile on the Spotters portal to view and update their residential and postal addresses, home and mobile phone numbers, and email address.

Spotters can also view their personal details, training provider, competency classes and completion dates of Spotter training and first aid requirements, however updating these details must be done through the RTO listed on their profile.

For instructions on getting started in the Spotters portal, read the fact sheet:

Spotters portal fact sheet
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Spotters Portal User Guide:

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Registration renewal

For registered Spotters seeking to renew their registration and receive an updated registration card:

  • within three months of the expiry date of the Spotter's registration card, you must attend a Spotter's training course with an RTO
  • provide the RTO with all documentation verifying any new competencies achieved and current first aid and EAR documentation.

Once Energy Safe receives this updated information from the RTO, a new card will be generated by Energy Safe and sent to the person’s residential or work address (depending on the details provided to Energy Safe by the RTO).

Reissue of lost or stolen registration cards

A completed Statutory Declaration is required for Energy Safe to reissue any licence or registration card which is lost, stolen or has not been received.

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Statutory Declaration

The declaration must clearly state your current address details and the Spotter registration number of the card to be reissued (if known).

Send your completed Statutory Declaration to Energy Safe by email to licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au

Competency classes applied to Spotter registration cards

The competency classes of Spotters are detailed on the front of the Spotter's registration cards.


  • The list of competency classes on the rear of Spotter registration cards is not an exhaustive list, and does not contain all of the competency classes.
  • For additional classes to be added to a Spotter's card, the card holder needs to take the evidence for the addition of a class back to the RTO where they last completed their training. The RTO can then add the class to the Spotter's registration. A new card with updated classes will be mailed out.

The full list of competency classes that can be applied are listed here:

Competency ClassCompetency Class Code
Advanced Rigging (1)RA
Basic Rigging (1)RB
Concrete Placing BoomsPB
Crane ChaserCC
Cranes – Bridge & GantryCB
Cranes – DerrickCD
Cranes – Mobile Slewing (Open/Over 100 Tonnes)CO
Cranes – Mobile Slewing (up to 100 Tonnes)C1
Cranes – Mobile Slewing (up to 20 Tonnes)C2
Cranes – Mobile Slewing (up to 60 Tonnes)C6
Cranes – Non SlewingCN
Cranes – Portal BoomCP
Cranes – TowerCT
Dogging (1)DG
Drilling RigDR
Elevating Work Platform (Less than 11 Metres)WP<11m
Elevating Work Platform (Greater than 11 Metres)WP>11
Forestry EquipmentFE
Forklift TrucksLF
Front End LoaderLL
Intermediate Rigging (1)RI
Road ProfilerRP
Skid Steer loaderLS
Telescopic material Handlers less than 3 tonneTMH
Tipping TrucksTT
Vacuum ExcavatorVE
Vehicle Loading Cranes (greater than 10metre/tonnes)CV>10m/t
Vehicle Loading Cranes (less than 10metre/tonnes)CV<10m/t

(1) A person with a Dogman or Rigger class on their Spotter's registration card may act as a Spotter for any type of plant (without holding a ticket or demonstrating competence and experience for that item of plant).

Spotter training providers

A number of organisations provide training for Spotters in Victoria.

To be eligible to attend a training course, you must satisfy Energy Safe’s general requirements for Spotters:

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General Requirements to act as a Spotter

Spotter service providers

Note: This is a referral service only. Energy Safe does not endorse or have commercial arrangements with these providers.

John Carr Spotters Australia

225 Point Cook Rd

Point Cook VIC 3030

Mobile: 0418 399 710 Fax: 03 8353 1456

Web: www.spottersau.com.au

Email: rayc@spottersau.com.au

Trevor Bourne

Construct Spotting Services

Mentone VIC 3194

Mobile: 0434 922 395

Email: trevor1010b@gmail.com

Geoff Flemming

QSS Management

Blackrock VIC 3193

Mobile: 0419 415 925

Web: www.electricalspotting.com.au

Email: admin@electricalspotting.com.au

Eberhard Rabich


Melbourne VIC 3000

Ph: 03 9018 9797

Mobile: 0408 351 436

Web: safetyspotter.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/safetyspotter

Email: info@safetyspotter.com.au

Darren Wilson Spotters R Us

Hawthorn VIC 3122

Mobile: 0468 455 545

Web: www.spottersRus.com.au

Email: info@electricalspotter.com.au

JP Cellier

STA Traffic Management Solutions

Yarraville VIC 3013

Mobile: 0418 808 809

Telephone: 03 9687 4044

Web: www.statraffic.com.au

David Phillips Energy Safe Spotter

Sunbury VIC 3429

Mobile: 0425 717 359

Web: www.energysafespotter.com.au

Email: dave007phillips@yahoo.com.au

Julie Van Ryswyk

Spotter for all Machinery

South Melbourne VIC 3205

Mobile: 0410 646 080

Email: jfb22@bigpond.net.au

Nicholas Gillies

Civil Connections: Spotters,

VEDN Contractors & Auditors

Williamstown North VIC 3016

Mobile: 0498 101 345

Web: www.civilconnections.com.au

Email: nick@civilconnections.com.au

Alex Karakostov

Statewide Electrical Spotters

Epping VIC 3076

Mobile: 0431 728 493

Web: www.statewidespotters.com.au

Email: alex@statewidespotters.com.au

Werner Dittrich

Melbourne Electrical Spotters

North Sunshine VIC 3020

Mobile: 0459 348 565

Email: werneris@hotmail.com

Mark Twentyman

Trades Workforce Solutions

Level 1/ 174 Fairbairn Rd
Sunshine West 3020

Phone: 0438 029 350 or 1800 764 893

Web: www.tradeswfs.com

Email: mbookings@tradeswfs.com

John Kriticos

Look Up Electrical Spotting

Reservoir VIC 3073

Mobile: 0432709907

Web: www.lookupspotters.com.au

Email: info@lookupspotters.com.au

Download this list

Spotter service providers:

Spotter service providers
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To add your business to this list

Provide your contact details and confirm they are for public release.

Email licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au

Date: 12/07/2024 6:09

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