Laws have been introduced regarding notification of electrical work to electricity network providers and to NSW Fair Trading.
The Electrical (Consumer Safety) Act 2004 and the Electrical (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2006, came into effect in 2006.
The Notice of Electrical Work (NOEW) has been discontinued and replaced by the Certificate of Compliance Electrical Work, known as a Compliance Certificate or CCEW.
Supplies of Compliance Certificates can be obtained from electrical wholesalers.
The Compliance Certificate is a uniquely numbered form to be completed by an electrical contractor every time the contractor adds, alters, disconnects, reconnects or replaces an electrical installation. This includes putting in new power points, new electrical fittings or work on the electrical switchboard.
Consumers should be given a copy of the Compliance Certificate at the completion of the job and advised to retain it. Consumers must be provided their copy of the Compliance Certificate no later than 14 days after the completion of any safety and compliance test.
The Compliance Certificate is the consumer’s assurance that a licensed contractor has completed and tested the work to ensure it is effective and compliant with the Australia/New Zealand wiring rules for electrical installation work.
Electrical contractors must submit a copy of the Compliance Certificate to the electrical network provider when the work involves:
If in doubt, contractors should check with the network provider to see if they require a copy of the Compliance Certificate.
Electrical contractors must submit a copy of the Compliance Certificate to NSW Fair Trading when the work involves connecting an installation to a stand-alone power system, that is, the installation is not connected to any electricity network.
Substantial penalties apply, including on the spot fines of up to $1000, for each occasion when a Compliance Certificate is not supplied to the consumer (or network provider if relevant).
Under the legislation, substantial penalties also apply (up to $550,000) for failure to carry out electrical installation work in accordance with the technical standards set out in the Regulation. These standards are the Australia/New Zealand wiring rules and the NSW Service and Installation Rules.
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