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-constructionExternal Link  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prevention of Electric Shocks  https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/preventing-electric-shocks-electriciansExternal Link  
Occupational violence  https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/occupational-violence-and-aggression-safety-basicsExternal Link
Working alone https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/resources/working-alone-information-sheetExternal Link
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.pdfExternal Link
Safe Work Method Statements https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/resources/safe-work-method-statements-swmsExternal Link
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.auExternal Link  

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/External Link
Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES) https://esv.vic.gov.au/licensing-coes/coes/External Link
Solar Victoria and Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program: Certificates of Electrical Safety flow chart https://esv.vic.gov.au/pdfs/coes-flow-chart-solar-victoria/ External Link
Fact sheet: Solar Victoria and Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program Fact Sheet - Solar Victoria Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program (esv.vic.gov.au)External Link
Installation and replacement of air-conditioning systems (ESV & VBA Factsheet)  https://esv.vic.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Fact-sheet-Air-conditioning-systems-VBA.pdfExternal Link
Never work live campaign https://esv.vic.gov.au/campaigns/never-work-live/ External Link
Electrical Installation Audit - Report Electrical Installation Audit - ReportExternal Link
Responsibilities of Licensed and Registered Electricians https://esv.vic.gov.au/licensing-coes/electrical-licences/your-responsibilities/External Link
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/External Link
Effective supervision of Electrical apprentices – Your responsibilities (Brochure) https://esv.vic.gov.au/pdfs/your-responsibilities-apprentice-supervisor/External Link
Victorian Electricity Supply Industry Code of Practice Service – Low voltage fuse removal and reinsertion http://www.victoriansir.org.au/site/DefaultSite/filesystem/documents/VESI Fuse Remove and Reinsertion 2014.pdfExternal Link
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/External Link

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: 

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: 

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 03 December 2021