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Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2015 

Comments closed 24 July 2015 

What is this about? 

The NSW Government has remade the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2006.

The Regulation supports the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2004. The Act regulates minimum safety standards for electrical articles such as appliances, equipment, cables and electrical wiring. It aims to ensure the safe use of these goods by consumers in NSW and outlines standards for electrical work and industry maintenance of electrical installations.

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Why is this needed? 

It was necessary to re-make the Regulation at this time because the current Regulation had been in place since 2006 and was going to be automatically repealed on 1 September 2015 by the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989 if it was not re-made.

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What are the changes? 

Options to amend the Regulation were outlined in the Regulatory Impact Statement (access it from the Important documents section below).

The preferred option was to make the proposed Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2015 which re-makes and amends the 2006 Regulation to:

  • increase penalties, including greater fines, for people who sell unsafe electrical appliances
  • deter unsafe and unauthorised interference with an electrical installation by making this an offence
  • simplify the process to renew an electrical item’s safety approval by accepting applications for renewal any time up to 1 month before the current approval expires
  • clarify that the results of mandatory Australian safety and compliance tests must be served by the tester on the owner of the electrical installation or whoever the work was carried out for
  • prescribing and updating fees for applications and penalties.

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Next steps  

All comments on the draft Regulation were considered before the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2015 was finalised. The Regulation commenced on 1 September 2014.

In response to stakeholder concerns raised during public consultation, some additional minor changes were made to the Regulation. These minor changes were:

  • model approval extension applications must be lodged one month prior to the model approval’s expiration
  • strict liability for people carrying out work near an electrical installation that compromises the installation’s safety only applies to people carrying out work for fee or reward.

The final Regulation is available on the NSW legislation website from 1 September 2015.

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Important documents 

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