How we work

ERAC meets twice a year and regularly corresponds both internally and with industry stakeholders on regulatory issues with a view to developing recommendations for consistent operational policy across jurisdictions.

Although it has no executive powers, ERAC is recognised throughout the electrical industry as an authoritative voice for electrical regulators.

Focus and structure

ERAC’s work is divided into five areas of focus, which reflect current strategies of the electrical industry.

Each focused meeting is run by a session Chairperson, with a coordinating Chairperson overseeing the general activities of the council. Chairpersons are elected by the council and change from time to time.

Sessions and current Chairs

  • General – Neil Fraser, Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) – also current coordinating Chairperson
  • Installations and inspections – Henry Hodgson Electricity Standards and Safety (ESS), Tasmania
  • Equipment safety – Adam Murdoch, Energy Safe Victoria (ESV)
  • Licensing – Victoria Thomson, Electrical Safety Office (ESO), Queensland
  • Supply – Saj Khan, EnergySafety, WA

Meeting schedule

Meetings are arranged by the Coordinating Chairperson and typically conducted twice yearly (May/November). The location is rotated between the location of ERAC members.

Meeting sessions are scheduled as required. At the Chairperson’s discretion industry stakeholders or officials may be present these sessions to allow for discussion on specific projects and issues.

To meet agreed project timelines as established by ERAC, meetings of subcommittees and working groups (which may include industry representatives as appropriate) may be held at other times.

For more information contact the ERAC Secretariat.

Reporting arrangements

As ERAC’s regulatory activities cover a wide spectrum, the Council does not have a fixed relationship with specific government or industry bodies.

ERAC liaises with a variety of Ministerial Councils (or their Standing Committees), government departments, industry bodies and industry associations as needed to achieve its mission and objectives.

Each ERAC member agency has the relevant executive or statutory authority for making policy decisions, subject to varying degrees of Ministerial oversight within its jurisdiction.

As necessary, special working groups with industry and government representatives are established for specific projects.