Transitional arrangements

Transition Issues for the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) for In-Scope Electrical Equipment

On 1 March 2013 Queensland implemented the EESS and it is now also in place in Tasmania and Western Australia. Other electrical safety regulator are collectively working through implementation issues to obtain a nationally consistent harmonised electrical equipment safety.

As this is a phased introduction by the participating jurisdictions, there will be transitional allowances to ensure industry is not impeded in their business activities. These transitional allowances relate to electrical safety matters of the EESS and use of the RCM for in-scope electrical equipment.

Irrespective of any transitional allowances for registration or marking, any electrical equipment sold must be electrically safe.

Since 1 March 2013, all EESS, in-scope electrical equipment:
a) is classified as level 1, level 2 or level 3;
b) previously classified as “prescribed” will be classified as level 3 and all previously classified equipment as non-prescribed equipment that meets the in-scope definition will be classified as level 1;
c) level 2 and level 3 equipment is defined in the latest AS/NZS4417.2 standards.

Currently, there are no level 2 in-scope electrical equipment defined in AS/NZS4417.2.

From 1 March 2013, to assist with compliance with the EESS and use of the RCM; the following transitional arrangements apply:
a) up to a 6 month transition period for responsible suppliers to register themselves (i.e, Responsible Suppliers are to be registered by 1 September 2013);
b) up to a 12 month period for responsible supplier to register level 3 in-scope electrical equipment (i.e, Responsible Supplier have until 1 March 2014 to register their level 3 equipment);
c) up to 3 years for in-scope electrical equipment manufactured in Australia or imported, to have the RCM placed on the in-scope electrical equipment by the responsible supplier;
d) up to a 5 year for in-scope electrical equipment to be sold at retail level before the RCM must be placed on the in-scope electrical equipment.

26 August 2013 - Update

The 1 March 2014 deadline still applies as the transitional period for level 3 equipment even if certificates are not yet available on the national certification database.

The upload facilities for certifiers to add certificate details onto the National Certification Database is operational and all known certifiers have been offered access to upload their existing certificate details with no service or maintenance fee from regulators.

A ‘deed of access’ has been sent to each certifier that is currently JAS-ANZ accredited and a Recognised External Approval Scheme (REAS), through Fair Trading New South Wales. This ‘deed of access’ is a document aimed at providing details of information to be uploaded. The document includes requirements that certifiers will not knowingly enter false information, that certifiers will not damage the database and that electrical safety regulators will maintain privacy and confidentiality of non-public information.

As soon as the ‘deed of access’ is signed by the certifier and received by the ERAC Secretariat, the certifier will be provided access to the National Certification Database to upload their certificates. The manual upload facility is available immediately to upload individual certificate details, the automated process for bulk upload requires the certifier to submit a file containing certificate information to have the format verified by ERAC prior to uploading.

Once a certificate is uploaded, it can be used for the purpose of registration to meet the requirements of the EESS.  It may take some time for each individual certifier to upload certificate information for their issued certificates.

Please contact your certifier to confirm when your certificate information will be uploaded into the system.