Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program

Regulators and peak bodies

Useful Safety, Quality and Compliance Information and Resources

Solar Victoria works closely with regulators and peak bodies to ensure safety and quality standards are maintained across the Home Heating and Cooling Upgrade program. We require Approved Suppliers to meet relevant safety and quality standards and comply with all applicable laws, regulations and standards and are committed to working with industry to improve outcomes under this program.   

We have worked in collaboration with regulators and peak bodies to identify a range of resources and information to assist approved suppliers to work safely and understand their obligations when working under the program.  

This list is not exhaustive and does not replace obligations on Approved Suppliers to understand and comply with all compliance obligations, standards and requirements.  

WorkSafe Victoria 

WorkSafe Victoria (WSV) is Victoria’s occupational health and safety regulator. Its role is to prevent workplace injuries, illness and fatalities, and to enforce Victoria’s occupational health and safety legislation.   

As an employer, you are required to provide and maintain a working environment for your employees that is safe and without risks to health.   

This includes inducting employees into a well-developed safety management plan. You also need to develop and follow a safe work method statement (SWMS) to undertake high-risk construction work. High-risk construction work is:   

  • where a person has a risk of falling more than two metres  
  • on or near energised electrical installations or services.  

Further information: 

WorkSafe Victoria
Working from heights 

https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/resources/compliance-code-prevention-falls-in-general-construction 

https://content.api.worksafe.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2018-11/ISBN-Construction-safety-focus-prevention-of-falls-2018-10.pdf 

https://content.api.worksafe.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-02/ISBN-Compliance-code-prevention-falls-housing-construction-2019-12.pdf 

https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/resources/guidance-note-prevention-falls-construction 

Asbestos  https://www.asbestos.vic.gov.au/about-asbestos/managing-asbestos/working-safely-with-asbestos 
COVID-19 

https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/managing-coronavirus-covid-19-risks-face-masks-workplaces 

https://esv.vic.gov.au/technical-information/covid19-toolkit/providing-electrical-services/ 

https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/133021/Guideline-Managing-Risk-Exposure-COVID-19-Contractors-Trades.pdf

Prevention of Electric Shocks  https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/preventing-electric-shocks-electricians 
Occupational violence  https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/occupational-violence-and-aggression-safety-basics
Working alone https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/resources/working-alone-information-sheet
Controlling OHS Hazards and Risks Handbook https://content.api.worksafe.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2018-06/ISBN-Controlling-OHS-hazards-and-risks-handbook-2017-06.pdf
Safe Work Method Statements https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/resources/safe-work-method-statements-swms
Occupational Health and Safety- General For information on occupational health and safety, contact the WorkSafe Victoria Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 or go to worksafe.vic.gov.au 

Energy Safe Victoria

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is the state energy safety regulator for gas, electricity and pipelines in Victoria. Its role includes ensuring electrical workers isolate, take appropriate measures and work safely when installing electrical equipment and electrical installations.  

Approved Suppliers in the Home Heating and Cooling Program must ensure that only employees who are licensed electrical installation workers carry out electrical installation work. Installing and maintaining the following is electrical installation work, which must be carried out by licensed electrical workers.

Work performed by a Restricted Licence holder is limited to the disconnection of the existing wiring of the reverse cycle air conditioner (RCAC) they are replacing and the connection of the existing wiring to the new RCAC. The Restricted Licence holder must not alter, repair or install additional wiring.

Further information:

Energy Safe Victoria
Energy Safe Victoria  https://esv.vic.gov.au/
Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES) https://esv.vic.gov.au/licensing-coes/coes/
Installation and replacement of air-conditioning systems https://esv.vic.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Fact-sheet-Air-conditioning-systems-VBA.pdf
Electrical Installation Audit - Report Electrical Installation Audit - Report
Responsibilities of Licensed and Registered Electricians https://esv.vic.gov.au/licensing-coes/electrical-licences/your-responsibilities/
Effective Supervision of Apprentice Electricians https://esv.vic.gov.au/technical-information/electrical-installations-and-infrastructure/electrical-technical-guidelines-and-determinations/requirements-for-the-effective-supervision-of-apprentice-electricians/
Electricity Safety-General

For information on electricity safety call ESV on 1800 800 158 or (03) 9203 9700 or visit https://esv.vic.gov.au/ 

Victorian Building Authority 

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) regulates Victoria's plumbing practitioners and plumbing work.  

These key documents form the plumbing regulatory framework in Victoria:  

The VBA uses a range of regulatory tools to prevent and react to non-compliance. This includes an audit program to identify levels of non-compliance, a complaints and enforcement team that monitor compliance and investigate complaints and regular occurrences of non-compliance.    

Further information: 

Victorian Building Authority
Victorian Building Authority  https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/
Air conditioning Installation Fact Sheet https://esv.vic.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Fact-sheet-Air-conditioning-systems-VBA.pdf
Carbon monoxide

https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/guides/carbon-monoxide 

https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/plumbing/carbon-monoxide-safety-program 

(relates to gas heaters) 

Wood heaters and flues

https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/guides/wood-heaters-flues 

(relates to wood heaters) 

Split System Air Conditioning Audit  https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/98368/97.2-Refrigeration-Air-Conditioning-Split-System-Air-Conditioning.pdf
Plumbing Registration and Licensing for Refrigerated  Air Conditioning Work https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/plumbing/registration-licensing/refrigerated-air-conditioning
Plumbing Resource Hub https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/plumbing/plumbing-resource-hub
Plumbing Complaints Process https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/complaints/complaints-process
Plumbing Requirements- General 

For more information on plumbing requirements, contact VBA on 1300 815 127.

https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/plumbing/ 
 

Australian Refrigeration Council 

There are national regulations applying to people who acquire, possess, dispose of or handle ozone depleting substances (ODSs) or synthetic greenhouse gases (SGGs) in the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) industry. 

Under the Commonwealth Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995, persons who handle these substances in bulk or in equipment, and people who work on equipment containing these gases, are required to hold a Refrigerant Handling Licence. 

Companies or persons who acquire, possess or dispose of these substances are required to hold a Refrigerant Trading Authorisation. 

The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) is appointed as the Industry Board to administer licences and authorisations.  

Further information: 

Australian Refrigeration Council 

Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment 

Australian Refrigeration Council https://www.arctick.org/ 
Refrigeration and Airconditioning – General Information  https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/ozone/rac
Who can do what, with Split System Air Conditioners  https://www.arctick.org/media/1154/arc_fact-sheet_13.pdf
Refrigerant handling and disposal 

https://www.arctick.org/media/1187/arc_fact-sheet_19.pdf 

https://www.arctick.org/media/1150/arc_fact-sheet_1.pdf 

https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/ozone/rac/safety-considerations

Refrigerant Handling Licence 

https://www.arctick.org/information/faqs/ 

https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/ozone/rac/technicians 

Consumer Affairs Victoria 

Consumers in the Home Heating and Cooling and Upgrade program can obtain information to understand their rights and responsibilities for products and services, and how to seek protection from practices like inaccurate marketing and high-pressure tactics.  

Further information: 

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Reviewed 07 September 2021