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Electrical compliance requirements 

Certificate of Compliance for Electrical Work

Electricians must submit a Certificate of Compliance for electrical work (CCEW) under the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2004 and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2015.

Licensed electrician, you can now download a CCEW 'Smart' PDF form, from the Fair Trading website. You must provide a completed CCEW, within 7 days of completing any safety and compliance test, on an electrical installation.

Licensees should ensure they use Fair Trading's approved free 'Smart' PDF form. You can still use an existing approved CCEW form, however, you must provide a copy of this to:

How to use the form

By completing all the relevant fields in this form; you can choose to submit copies of this form in the one application to:

  • The consumer
  • The electricity network provider
  • NSW Fair Trading; and
  • The energy provider (meter retailer)

Create a template by downloading and saving this form with your electrical licence details. This will save you time on all future submissions of the CCEW form.

Note: This form currently cannot be used on a mobile device or tablet.

Serial number

It is the responsibility of the electrician to apply a unique serial number to their CCEW.

Use your electrical licence number followed by a sequential number (e.g. if your licence number is 444444C, your first CCEW will be 444444C001, your second will be 444444C002 and so on).

Who should receive a copy of the CCEW?

It is the responsibility of the tester to ensure the following receive a copy of the CCEW

  1. the person for whom the work is carried out
  2. the electricity network provider, only where the electrical installation work is connected to their network
  3. NSW Fair Trading but only if the electrical installation work concerned is:
    -to a stand-alone power system
    -installation, alteration or replacement of an electricity advanced (smart) meter

Penalties

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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