Electrical trades

Certificates of compliance – information for electricians

Certificates of compliance are legal documents required under the Electricity Act 1996.

Electricians must issue a certificate of compliance to the consumer after completing any electrical work ready for energisation, ie ready for the power to be connected to it.

The purpose of the certificates is to:

  • enable self-certification of electrical work
  • assure the customer that the work is installed and tested to the appropriate Australian Standard
  • protect the electrician by confining the responsibilities to the work they have carried out
  • allow the Office of the Technical Regulator to audit installations for adherence to safety and technical standards.

Only people with an appropriate licence can legally fill out a certificate of compliance and certify work. Refer to the Plumbers, Gas Fitters and Electricians Act 1995 for a definition of plumbing, gas and electrical work and the requirements for a person to hold an appropriate licence.

Electronic certificates of compliance (eCoCs) may be used in place of paper certificates of compliance, which will be discontinued on 30 June 2018.

Access eCoC

If you are a householder or a business using an electrician and want information about certificates of compliance, see Using licensed tradespeople.

Penalties for not issuing an electrical certificate of compliance

Penalties for the non-issue of an electrical certificate of compliance include warnings, expiation notices, disciplinary interviews and potential legal action under section 61 of the Electricity Act 1996 with penalties of up to $5000.

Guide to filling out an electrical certificate of compliance

The guide to filling out the electrical certificate of compliance below can also be found inside the front cover of each certificate of compliance book.

If the primary work was electricity-related but involved gas or plumbing work, use an electrical certificate of compliance and record the gas or plumbing details in the bottom section of the certificate.

1. Owner/occupier details

Please include the owner/occupier's name, address and phone number. These details must be completed accurately in full with no abbreviations used for suburb or town names.

2. Date of electrical work

Include the start date and date that the electrical work was made available for energisation.

3. Section A – description of electrical work

It is important that you give a very clear and complete description of the work that you examined and tested.

You are required to keep the electrical certificate of compliance form for five years. This is required by the Electricity Act 1996.

You must include enough detail in the description so that you can identify the work you have carried out now over the next five years.

The description space can also be used to detail any other issues or recommendations made to the customer.

Description examples:

1. New domestic installation – builders supply:

  • 4 x 16 mm2 underground consumer mains.
  • Metering facilities (domestic and off-peak hot water tariff).
  • Main switchboard circuits, provide details of electrical equipment, ie RCD, circuit breakers and fuses.
  • Earthing system and equipotential bonding.
  • Subcircuit – 1–15A single phase socket outlet on the main switchboard

2. Alterations to a domestic installation comprising new consumer mains, relocation of meter from inside to outside, the installation of new switchboard inside and reconnection of existing load:

  • 4 x 16 mm2 underground consumer mains.
  • Metering facilities (domestic and off-peak hot water tariff). 3 x 16 mm2 metered mains – from meter position to inside switchboard.
  • Main switchboard.
  • Earthing system and equipotential bonding.

4. Section B - defects observed

This space is provided to record any defects that you have noticed that are not associated with your work and have not been fixed.

5. Certification

This section must be completed with all details and signed by:

  • the registered electrical worker who personally carried out the examination and tests before the installation was made available for energisation
  • the registered gas fitter or plumber if applicable before the installation is made available for connection
  • the contractor or authorised person who has a supervisory role
  • If the work is done by a sole operator, that person must sign both the contractor's section and registered worker section.

6. Copies

The original is the owner's or occupier's copy. It should be given to the owner/occupier within 30 days of making your work on the installation available for energisation.

The second copy is the network operator's copy. This should be given to the network operator if they are involved.

The third copy is the contractor's copy. This copy must be kept at the business premises of the contractor or authorised person for at least five years after the installation was made available for energisation. You may be requested to show this copy as part of a safety audit. It may be a valuable record to protect you from future potential litigation.

Certificate of compliance books

Paper certificates of compliance will be discontinued on 30 June 2018. From 1 July 2018, electricians must use electronic certificates of compliance.

Books of electrical certificates of compliance are available to licensed electricians and electrical contractors at no cost and can be obtained from the Office of the Technical Regulator, electrical wholesalers, Service SA Customer Service Centres and the National Electrical and Communications Association.

Registering your certificate of compliance book

Certificate of compliance books must be registered with the Office of the Technical Regulator. You can use the form in the front of the book, then return it by post, fax, email or do it online.

To register online, see Register your certificate of compliance book.

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