Responsible Suppliers

A person, company or business who is an importer or on-shore manufacturer of in-scope electrical equipment into the Australian and New Zealand supply chain (first supplier) is a Responsible Supplier in the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS). By law this Responsible Supplier must be an Australian or New Zealand legal entity.

All Responsible Suppliers of electrical equipment in the EESS have obligations under law to ensure the products they supply are electrically safe and meet all relevant standards.

In the EESS Responsible Suppliers must register on the National Database and make a declaration that their in-scope equipment is electrically safe and meets all relevant standards.

More information on the obligations of Responsible Suppliers is available here.

A Responsible Supplier must be an Australian or New Zealand legal entity by law. An offshore manufacturer or supplier can either distribute their product via a registered responsible supplier who is an Australian or New Zealand legal entity or become an Australian or New Zealand legal entity.

In the EESS, Suppliers of in-scope electrical equipment who are the second or subsequent supplier of electrical equipment in the participating jurisdictions in the Australian and New Zealand supply chain must source their electrical equipment from a Responsible Supplier by law.

To search the National Database to see if your supplier is registered as a responsible supplier click here.

 

Responsible Supplier – an Australian or New Zealand based person, or company, who manufactures in-scope electrical equipment in, or imports the in-scope electrical equipment into, Australia or New Zealand.

The Australian or New Zealand based person or company must have a business presence in Australia or New Zealand. An overseas based company cannot register as a responsible supplier in the EESS.

In this definition the manufacturer is the person / company with a business presence in Australia / New Zealand who manufacturers (the entity who owns or runs the physical location where the end product is produced or assembled) the in-scope electrical equipment.

In this definition importer is the person / company with a business presence in Australia / New Zealand who is the first person/company in Australia/New Zealand in the supply chain responsible for the in-scope electrical equipment coming into the Australian market.  It is irrelevant for this definition as to who actually organises the equipments passage though the Australian customs process (who signs declarations, pays duty fees etc) or where the product may be stored and shipped from.

General examples are given below (they may not fully cover any specific situation but may be a guide as to how to apply the above definition):
1) An Australian company A offers in-scope electrical equipment for sale and facilitates the sale of the in-scope electrical equipment to an Australian company / person B. The in-scope electrical equipment is bought into Australia by Company A. Company A is the responsible supplier and must register.

2) An Australian company A offers in-scope electrical equipment for sale and facilitates the sale of the in-scope electrical equipment to an Australian company / person B. The goods are warehoused overseas and shipped directly to Company/person B. Company A is the responsible supplier and must register.

3) An International company A has an Australian subsidiary A2 and the Australian subsidiary offers in-scope electrical equipment for sale and facilitates the sale of the in-scope electrical equipment to an Australian company / person B. The Australian subsidiary A2 is the responsible supplier and must register.

4) An International company A or their overseas agents A3 facilitates a sale of in-scope electrical equipment to a wholesaler or retailer in Australia (Person/ company B). Person/Company B takes first possession of the in-scope electrical equipment after it has arrived in Australia, or organises the shipping of the equipment to one of its customers in Australia. Company B is the responsible supplier and must register.

In this example there may be multiple persons/companies (Company B1, B2, B3 etc) purchasing from the International company A or its agent A3. Each of these persons/companies (Company B1, B2, B3 etc) must individually register as a responsible supplier.

5) Company D in Australia purchases equipment from another company in Australia (Company E). Company D is not the responsible supplier and Company E is the responsible supplier (and must register) unless they had purchased the in-scope electrical equipment from another Australian based company.