Electrical equipment safety system

Tasmania has now joined the Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme (EESS)(external link) by signing the Intergovernmental agreement.  The result is nationally consistent rules governing the sale of electrical equipment in Tasmania.

The new EESS replaces the previous state-based equipment approval scheme. The EESS provides greater consistency among states for equipment approval and therefore improves consumer safety for household electrical equipment.

The EESS applies to In-Scope Electrical Equipment which is defined as equipment:

  • rated at a voltage greater than 50 V AC RMS or 120V ripple-free DC, and
  • rated at a voltage less than 1000V AC RMS or 1500V ripple-free DC, and
  • designed or marketed as suitable for household, personal or similar use.

Equipment designed or marketed for commercial or industrial purposes may still fall into the “In-Scope classification” if the equipment is suitable for household or personal use.  Download a copy of the Definitions of In-scope Equipment and a list of level 2 & 3 equipment (pdf, 32 pages)

Electrical equipment guide requirements

Flowchart showing the requirements for electrical equipment to comply with Australian safety standards

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Updated: 05 Jun 2020