Vic introduces new licensing scheme for electrical line workers

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The Victorian Government has introduced a new licensing scheme to Parliament that mandates minimum qualification requirements for electrical line workers for the first time.

The Energy Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 requires workers to keep up to date with the latest safety requirements, as well as technological and industry changes.

The announcement comes a week after news broke that solar installer Space Solar used unlicensed electricians to install rooftop solar in Victoria under the government’s Solar Homes Program.

The company carried out 546 installations, some of which have since been found to have technical and safety defects.

The Bill is part of the Labor Government’s reforms to strengthen energy safety watchdog, Energy Safety Victoria (ESV).

The reforms include the establishment of the three-person ESV Commission, recommended last year by the extensive Grimes Review.

The change will see the governance structure of ESV move from a single-member agency to the new Commission, delivering a leadership team with a greater breadth of skills and experience.

The Commission will be supported by a Technical Advisory Committee to ensure the Commission has the best expertise available to guide its decision making.

ESV has been given more resources and a mandate to put community safety at the forefront and hold duty holders to account, which is vital as the industry transforms.