Certain electrical products and appliances, known as electrical articles must be certified against Australian Standards and approved before they can be sold in NSW. When you buy a declared electrical appliance, you should look for the approval number, also known as an approval mark. Electrical articles can be approved by either NSW Fair Trading, equivalent government agencies in Australia, or by certain private certifiers that have been approved by the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation to certify and approve electrical articles for sale in NSW.
Below is a list of the certifiers approved in NSW and their approval number or mark. The 'x' represents the individual approval number.
Approval number or mark
NSW Fair Trading
Other State Government agencies
Q xxxxx, ESO xxxxx,
V xxxxx, ESV xxxxx,
S xxxxx, T xxxxx
Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM), historical use
SAI Global Certification Services Pty Ltd
SAI TE EA xxxxxxx or
SAI SMK EA xxxxxx or
The Australian Gas Association (AGA)
AGA xxxxxx EA or
AGA xxxxxx G EA
SGS Australia Pty Ltd
SGSEA xxxxxx or
SAA Approvals Pty Ltd
SAA xxxxxx EA
UL International New Zealand Limited
U xxxxxx EA
TUV Rheinland Australia Pty Ltd
TUV xxxxxx EA
Global Mark Pty Ltd
Market Access (AUS) Pty Ltd trading as Certification Body Australia
CBA xxxxxx or
Australian Safety Approval
Conformity Certification Services Pty Ltd
Where an approval mark or number is not visible
The approval mark should be permanently on the article itself – being on the box or container is not sufficient. If you cannot see an approval number or mark on a declared article, ask the salesperson to show you the approval number. If they can't show it to you, don't buy it. If you find a store selling electrical articles that have no approval numbers or markings, contact NSW Fair Trading. We are responsible for monitoring the safety of electrical goods sold in NSW.
Remember electricity can kill. Electrical products that have not been tested and approved for sale in Australia may not meet Australian Standards and can be dangerous!