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Is your investment up to date with electrical safety?

Electrical safety is extremely important for you, your tenant and your real estate agency. There have been significant changes and updates to the Victorian Residential Tenancies Act that require a differing level of compliance for rental properties in Victoria. Not keeping up to date with such changes may put your tenant at risk, or leave you open to compensation claims and potential property damage if things were to go wrong. Of course no one wishes the worst-case-scenario upon anyone, but as the old saying goes: it's better to be safe than sorry.


It's our job to ensure we as electrical contractors are continually updated with any electrical safety changes, and lucky for you, we have compiled it into an easy-to-read, step-by-step format WITH a DNL Electrical deal if you want to get your home compliant. So... let's get started!




Rental providers who enter into a new agreement after 29 March 2021, or have a fixed term agreement of more than five years which rolls over into a periodic tenancy after 29 March 2021, must ensure that:

  • gas and electricity safety checks are conducted every two years, and

  • if an electrical or gas safety check has not been conducted within the last 2 years at the time the renter occupies the premises, the rental provider must arrange an electrical safety check as soon as possible.


Electrical safety check

Rental providers must ensure that an electrical safety check of all electrical installations and fittings in the premises (in accordance with section 4 of AS/NZS 3019 "Electrical installations—Periodic verification") has been conducted by a licensed or registered electrician every two years. If an electrical safety check has not been conducted within the last 2 years at the time the renter occupies the premises, the rental provider must arrange an electrical safety check as soon as possible. If requested, they must provide the renter with the date of the most recent safety check, in writing.


If the safety check shows that electrical repairs are needed to make the property safe, a rental provider should hire a Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) or a licensed electrician employed by an REC to do the repair work. - That's us!!!


Finding a licensed electrician

  • A Registered Electrical Contractor employs Electricians that are licensed through Energy Safe Victoria. (yep, we are!)

  • You should ensure that the Registered Electrical Contractor you hire has public liability insurance. Public liability insurance will cover damage if an electrician causes any damage to the property or other people. (you bet we do!)

  • Registered Electrical Contractors are required to hold public liability insurance which will cover their business and any licensed electricians working for them. (sure do!)

If you need repairs done after the electrical safety check, you will need to hire a Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) or a licensed electrician employed by an REC. A certificate of Electrical Safety must be completed for any repairs performed on the electrical installation.

Evidence of electrical safety checks


The electrician should provide a record of the electrical safety check, which must include:

  • the full name and business details, including the licence or registration number, of the electrician or Registered Electrical Contractor who did the check

  • the date of the safety check

  • the results of the check, including any repairs that were required and actions taken to address the repair

  • confirmation that all installations and fittings have been checked and found safe

Record keeping

A record of an electrical safety check may be any of the following:

  • a compliance certificate

  • a document from the electrician or Registered Electrical Contractor

  • an ‘’Electrical Installation audit report’

A record of the most recent electrical safety check must be kept until a record of the next safety check is created.


Okay.... deep breath. It's a lot but we have you covered! All information is up to date as of October 2021 and we are pleased to offer you our rental electrical check package. Receive all of the above for a flat price if $500 (any additional works that have to be completed once the check is done is priced on a job by job basis).

All information has been sourced from Consumer Affairs Victoria. For more information, click here: https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing/renting/changes-to-renting-laws/resources-for-practitioners/rental-providers-gas-and-electricity-safety-checks

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