Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is the independent technical regulator responsible for electricity, gas and pipeline safety in Victoria. ESV is a statutory authority that also licence electricians, manage the Certificate of Electrical Safety Program, conduct community safety campaigns, ensure electrical and gas products are approved and safe for use, and investigate gas and electrical incidents. 

ESV’s role is broad and ranges from accepting industry’s safety cases and safety management schemes for the design, construction and maintenance of electricity, gas and pipeline networks across the state to regulating against standards and administering regulations covering gas and electrical appliances and installations and energy efficiency.  

 

Activity

Critical task alignment / activity source

Mitigation

 

Gas:

 

●  Develop and administer regulations and codes to ensure gas safety and associated risks are minimised to as far as practicable through: review, monitor and audit compliance program of appliances, gas equipment, gas components, gas installations, gas related services and the conveyance, sale, supply, measurement, control and use of gas with the specified safety standards or accepted gas safety cases; and enforce compliance where regulated entities place communities at risk

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 5.4, 21.2

   

●  Involvement in collective working groups (energy sectors and government agencies) in energy emergency planning and preparedness activities (e.g. development of emergency response and communication protocols and processes; annual emergency exercises; continuous improvement reviews of protocols and processes)

1.4, 1.5, 1.6

   

●  Conduct community engagement and gas safety awareness campaigns and programs

2.1, 2.2

   

Electricity:

 

●  Develop and administer regulations and codes to ensure electricity safety and associated risks are minimised to as far as practicable through reviewing, monitoring and auditing the compliance of electrical infrastructure, electrical installations, electrical equipment and vegetation with the specified safety standards, accepted electricity safety management schemes or prescriptive legislation; and enforce compliance where regulated entities place communities at risk

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 5.4, 21.2

   

●  Involvement in collective working groups (energy sectors and government agencies) in energy emergency planning and preparedness activities (e.g. development of emergency response and communication protocols and processes; annual emergency exercises; continuous improvement reviews of protocols and processes)

1.4, 1.5, 1.6

   

●  Develop and administer regulations and codes that monitor and ensure the prevention and mitigation of bushfires that arise out of incidents involving electric lines or vegetation close there to

1.1, 7.1

   

●  Conduct community engagement and electricity safety awareness campaigns and programs

2.1, 2.2

   

Pipelines:

 

●  Develop and administer Regulations to ensure safety of pipeline construction and operation and associated risks are minimised to as far as practicable through review, monitor and audit compliance program of pipeline construction and operations with the specified safety standards and accepted construction and operational safety management plans; and enforce compliance where regulated entities place communities at risk

1.1. 1.3, 5.4

   

ESV is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following electricity supply disruption mitigation activities:
●  Legislative framework, e.g. Electricity Industry Act, Electricity Safety Act, national electricity laws and rules

●  Public awareness

●  Maintenance inspections

Mitigation table

   

ESV is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following gas supply disruption mitigation activities:
●  Legislative and regulatory framework, including Gas Industry Act 2001, Gas Safety Act 1997 and associated Gas Safety Cases, National Gas Law and National Gas Regulations, critical infrastructure resilience requirements under the EM Act 2013

●  Public awareness

Mitigation table

   

ESV is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following mine emergency mitigation activities:
●  Legislation/regulation and enforcement of Mineral Resources Sustainable Development Act 1990 and regulations (licensing and approvals process for operators of declared mines),Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004, EM Act 2013, EM (Critical Infrastructure Resilience) Regulations 2015, Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and Regulations 2014, Energy Safe Victoria Act 2005

Mitigation table

   

Response (including Relief)

 

Gas:

 

●  Exercising powers conferred to ESV to issue directions to make safe of a gas emergency; and to facilitate the reliability of gas supply and security of gas system

3.1, 3.2, 3.5,
5.4, 11.1, 11.3

   

●  Contributing expertise and technical specialists to support or lead the investigation of gas related incidents

8.5, 11.1, 19.1

   

●  Providing safety and technical advice to support overall strategies and decision making for responding to gas emergency events

4.5, 4.6

   

Electricity:

 

●  Exercising powers conferred to ESV to issue directions to make safe of an electricity situation

3.1, 3.2, 3.5,
5.4, 11.1, 11.3

   

●  Providing safety and technical advice to support overall strategies and decision making for responding to electricity emergency events

4.5, 4.6

   

●  Contributing expertise and technical specialists to support or lead the investigation of electricity related incidents

8.5, 11.1, 19.1

   

●  Providing information and guidance to local communities to expedite the safe restoration of supply to properties affected by bushfire

2.1, 2.5

   

Pipelines:

 

●  Contributing expertise and technical specialists to support and/or conduct investigation of pipeline related incidents

11.1, 19.1

   

●  Intervene as required as the Minister’s delegate to ensure appropriate action is taken by all relevant parties for safety reasons or the protection of the environment in the case of pipeline incidents

5.4, 11.3

   

Recovery

 

Gas:

 

●  Providing safety and technical advice to energy control agency in order to support overall strategies and decision making for recovering from gas emergency events (including safe restoration of gas supply and safety of any relief program for temporary gas supply to community)

19.1, 19.7, 19.8

   

Electricity:

 

●  Providing safety and technical advice to energy control agency in order to support overall strategies and decision making for recovering from electricity emergency events and bushfire (including the safe restoration of electricity supply and safety of any relief program for temporary electricity supply to community)

19.1, 19.7, 19.8

   

Pipelines:

 

●  Intervene as required as the Minister’s delegate to ensure appropriate action is taken by all relevant parties for the health or safety of the public or rehabilitation of the environment in the case of pipeline incidents

5.4

   

ESV supports DELWP as the lead government liaison, for electricity services assets reinstatement and return to reliable supply, as shown in the Built Environment table (Table 14)

Built Environment table

   

ESV supports DELWP as the lead government liaison, for gas services assets reinstatement and return to reliable supply, as shown in the Built Environment table (Table 14)

Built Environment table

   

Assurance and Learning

 

For assurance and learning activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.