Annual Report 2020-2021, Electricity Safety Regulator
Tabled Paper 398
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Electricity Safety Regulator Annual Report 2020-2021 4 1978. The purpose of the review was to examine and provide direction to the Northern Territory Government about what amendments are necessary to address concerns in relation to electrical safety and electrical licensing. NT WorkSafe is participating in this review. The Electrical Safety and Licensing Reference Group has completed their report in December 2019. The report has 37 recommendations with the main recommendation being that a single piece of legislation should be created that amalgamates and modernises the Electrical Workers and Contractors Act 1978 and the electrical safety provisions of the Electricity Reform Act 2000. The group recognises that such a piece of work will take some time and will require extensive consultation. However the group identified a number of issues that require urgent rectification. The group recommended legislative amendments as soon as possible to: Expand the coverage of the safety provisions of the Electricity Reform Act 2000 to electrical systems that involve renewable energy sources and energy storage systems; Expand the coverage of the safety provisions of the Electricity Reform Act 2000 to include electrical appliances; Simplify and clarify the appointment of inspectors under the Electrical Workers and Contractors Act 1978 and the Electricity Reform Act 2000 and create a single inspectorate; Create reasonable periods of time during which rectification works can be ordered and enforcement options utilised; and Increase the number and effectiveness of enforcement tools available to electrical safety inspectors and clarify what is an offence under the two Acts and who may commence a prosecution. It is expected that work on implementing these recommendations will commence in late 2020.
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