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Responsible suppliers

A responsible supplier is a person, company or business that manufactures in-scope electrical equipment in Australia or New Zealand, or imports in scope electrical equipment into Australia or New Zealand.

A responsible supplier must be a legally identifiable Australian or New Zealand entity holding an Australian Business Number (ABN), or a New Zealand Inland Revenue Department (IRD) number.

The legislation requires all responsible suppliers selling goods into participating jurisdictions to be registered on the national database. Registration must be renewed annually with an annual registration fee payable by responsible suppliers when they register.

Responsible suppliers are to ensure that the details contained on the database are current, and must update their details (i.e. contact person, address, etc) within 30 days of those details changing. Penalties apply if a responsible supplier's details are not up to on the national database.

The legislation requires responsible suppliers to ensure that the electrical equipment they sell meets relevant standards and is electrically safe. Failure to do so could result in significant penalties.

A responsible supplier must make a Responsible Suppliers Declaration when they register on the national database. This is a generic declaration all responsible suppliers make that all electrical equipment they supply is electrically safe and will continue to meet relevant standards and comply with the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS).

This Responsible Suppliers Declaration will apply to all electrical equipment they sell. This first declaration is intended to be made by an appropriate person within the company such as the Director, General Manager, Chief Executive officer or equivalent. Subsequent equipment declarations may be delegated to an authorised representative.

In addition to the Responsible Suppliers Declaration responsible suppliers must also make equipment declarations for level 2 and level 3 electrical equipment. The equipment declaration is for specific equipment and is made when equipment of this type is registered on the database. These declarations state that the equipment meets relevant standards as required under the EESS for that classification.

Last updated
13 September 2017

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