5.1. Request to Electrical Supply Authority
Prescribed forms such as metering changes, connections and disconnections of supply from the
electrical supply authority shall be complied with as per relevant State’s or Territory’s legislative
requirements and forwarded to the distributor whenever an initial connection or metering change is
5.2. Defects Reported By the Relevant State or Territory Electrical Safety
Improvement or Prohibition Notices issued by the State’s or Territory’s electrical safety regulatory
authority shall be rectified as soon as practicable, or as specified in the Notice.
Defect reports issued by the State’s or Territory’s electrical safety regulatory authority or a network
distributor shall be actioned according to the respective State’s or Territory’s legislative requirements.
5.3. Implicit Approval
Implicit Approval must comply with relevant State’s or Territory’s legislative requirements.
It is understood that upon receipt of a job request, either verbal or written, provided the instruction is
documented on a Job Docket and the site contact is named with contact details, it will be implied the
Person in Control (normally the owner) of the Electrical Installation or Electrical Equipment, has
authorised the Electrical Work to be performed.
All contracts will address the specific requirement of Approval to Perform Electrical Work with the
approval of the Person in Control of the Electrical Installation or Electrical Equipment.
Where the Person in Control does not allow their Implicit Approval then contractual arrangements with
designated procedures must be written and approved.
5.4. Live Work
Live Electrical Work must only be carried out in exceptional circumstances and only upon one of the
- It is necessary in the interest of safety, whether or not electrical safety, for the work to be
performed while the electrical equipment (which is the subject of electrical work) is energized;
- A supply of electricity is necessary for the proper performance of the electrical work;
- There is no reasonable alternative to performing the electrical work by live work;
- It must be emphasized that only upon the above conditions is Live Work permitted.
As such, it should never be assumed that Implicit Approval is given for electrical work that is live work,
with the exception of Testing or Fault Finding.
Testing or Fault Finding can be done following the completion of a Risk Assessment process to ensure
that the Testing or Fault Finding task is safe to proceed with.
In all cases, the Person in Control must be notified, be fully aware that the work is being performed, and
sign off their authorisation, prior to the work being completed on the Live Electrical Work Permit.
The Live Electrical Work Permit must also be signed and approved by the NC Electrical & Airconditioning Pty Ltd Manager and the respective state electrical nominee/endorsee prior to the work being completed. If there is no authorisation, there must be no Electrical Work whereby Live Work is performed.
5.5. High Voltage Work
Only suitably competent and licensed Electrical Workers in accordance with the Territory’s legislation
and regulations are to carry out High Voltage work.
Attendance records for High Voltage switching or maintenance training shall be maintained for seven
years. Refresher training shall be completed at least every two years.
All High Voltage switching, testing and certification is to be carried out with complete consultation and
under the control of the relevant High Voltage System Controller.
All High Voltage connect or reconnection to a source of supply must be carried out in accordance with
the Territory’s legislative requirements and under the control of the relevant High Voltage System
5.6. Hazardous Locations
Only suitably trained and licensed personnel in accordance with respective State’s or Territory’s
legislation and regulations are to carry out Hazardous Location Electrical Work.
All Hazardous Location Electrical Work for connect or reconnection to a source of supply shall be in
accordance to the respective Territory’s legislative requirement.
5.7. Working in the Vicinity of Overhead or Underground Services
All Electrical Work in the vicinity of electrical services, whether overhead or underground, must comply with the Territory’s legislative requirements including permits and/or exclusions zones/approach limits.
The Electrical Worker must complete a written Risk Assessment before any excavation or Elevated
Work Platform (EWP) works are to proceed.
With regard to excavation works, the Risk Assessment must include information from appropriate
sources such as “Dial Before You Dig” and Underground Service Locating Sub-Contractors. This
information shall include the following:
- What underground electrical services are at or near excavation works.
- Location of electrical services.
- Type and depth of services.
- Whether it is live, i.e. energised.
That the above information be provided to workers working near the excavation or near the location of
the electrical service.
Location information provided on plans is to be regarded as a field guide only. An electronic cable
detector is to be used when locating electrical services.
Machine excavation is only permitted to a distance no closer than 300mm from a service, material
within this distance from the service is to be removed by hand excavation.
The Electrical Supervisor or Electrical Contractor must sign off their approval on the Risk Assessment
for the excavation or EWP works. The Risk Assessment must identify appropriate control measures to
prevent any inadvertent contact with any electrical cables.
Example: Excavation; Hand digging or the use of Suction Trucks and high-pressure water
blasters. EWP; Must have a Safety Observer.
Excavation or EWP works must never be performed within the Territory’s legislative exclusion
zones/approach limits of live High Voltage cables.