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Queensland electrical equipment certification

Certification required

Electrical equipment and appliances sold in Queensland must comply with the Electrical Safety Act 2002 (PDF, 825 KB) and the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 (PDF, 846 KB).

Prior to offering household and similar types of level 3 in-scope electrical equipment for sale/supply in Queensland, a Certificate of Conformity must be issued by a certifier who is declared as a Recognised External Certification Scheme (RECS) or a government regulator.

The responsible supplier of the equipment is required to register the equipment on the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) national database, using the Certificate of Conformity number.

The following certifiers are currently Queensland declared RECS for issuing certificates in the EESS:

RECS are authorised to issue level 3 Certificates of Conformity and voluntary level 1 and level 2 Certificates of Suitability for household and similar in-scope electrical equipment. These certifiers upload their issued certificates onto the EESS national database so that the responsible supplier can register the equipment.

In addition, the following regulatory authorities issue certificates that are also uploaded onto the EESS national database so that the responsible supplier can register the equipment (note: some regulatory authorities only issue certificates for companies located within their state):

You may also obtain a certificate from NSW Fair Trading, however you should note these certificates do not automatically get uploaded onto the EESS national database.

Applying for certificates

You only need to apply to one certifier for a certificate. You can:

1.  Apply directly to a Recognised External Certification Scheme

All Recognised External Certification Schemes (RECS) will require the same technical information and reports to issue a certificate, so choose your preferred RECS by considering what is important, such as the time and cost they quote for issuing a certificate. Contact the RECS directly for that information:

2.  Apply to a regulatory authority

If you choose to use a regulatory authority for your certificate, apply through the certification facility at erac.gov.au

The process requires the applicant to log on to the online application system. The application will need:

  • an application fee (payment for the application must be made by credit card at the time of application).
  • documentation and evidence as required by the EESS Equipment Safety Rules

The documents will need to be uploaded onto the website as part of the online application, and so you will need them in electronic format. Please provide all required information as completely and correctly as possible to ensure the process can be completed as quickly as possible and lessen the risk of refusal.

Once the regulator is satisfied the electrical equipment meets all relevant requirements, the certificate will be issued electronically and will be uploaded onto the EESS national database.

You can also search online for details of electrical equipment certificates of conformity.

If you choose a NSW Fair Trading issued certificate, you need to go to their website (noting the NSW Fair Trading certificates do not automatically get uploaded onto the EESS national database).

3.  Queensland based companies using ESO

If you are a Queensland based company, it is recommended that in the first instance you contact a recognised external certification scheme. Failing that (on case by case situation) the Electrical Safety Office may assist you to make an application. The Electrical Safety Office is only facilitating renewal certificates on products for which marking requirements are not required to be changed to the RCM at this stage (such as supply flexible cords and plugs). The ESO no longer issues certificates for out of scope electrical equipment.

Last updated
04 April 2017

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