Electrical risks

Electrical equipment approval numbers

Regulations and Standards apply to all electrical equipment sold or offered for supply in Australia.

Prescribed electrical equipment

Certain types of equipment are classified as prescribed. These pieces of equipment must go through a certification process which ensures the equipment is compliant to the relevant safety standards before being offered for supply in Australia.

Prescribed electrical equipment must have either of the following:

Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM)

This RCM is the new approval mark for

  • Building Standards and Occupational Licensing
  • EESS Conformity Certification
  • Queensland Electrical Safety Office 

Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) for USB chargers and adaptors. 


Approval numbers or marks

Other markings currently recognised by all states and territories of Australia to show the product has been certified.
RegulatorApproval number or mark
Building Standards and Occupational Licensing (TAS)T <number>
Energy Safe Victoria (VIC)ESV <number> or V <number>
NSW Fair Trading (NSW)NSW <number>
Electrical Safety Office (QLD)ESO <number> or Q <number>
Office of the Technical Regulator (SA)S <number> 
Approval marks for NSW-recognised external certification bodies
NSW recognised external certification bodyApproval number or mark
International Testing & Certification Services Pty LtdA/<number>/EA
SAI Global Certification Services Pty Ltd SAI TE EA <number>

SAI SMK EA <number>

SAA Approvals Pty LtdSAA <number> EA
Testing and Certification AustraliaTCA <number> EA
UL International New Zealand LimitedU <number> EA
TUV Rheinland Australia Pty LtdTUV <number> EA
BSI Group (Australia and New Zealand) Pty LtdBSI-<number>-EA
Global Mark Pty LtdGMA-<number>-E
Market Access (AUS) Pty Ltd trading as Certification Body AustraliaCBA <number>

Australian Safety ApprovalASA-<number>-EA
SGS AustraliaSGS EA <number> 

SGS <number> EA
The Australian Gas AssociationAGA <number> G EA 

AGA <number> EA


See Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace and Code of Practice for Risk Management of Agricultural Shows and Carnivals on our Code of Practice page.

Read TasNetworks' alert about working near damaged copper earths (PDF version here) (Feb 2017).


Building Standards and Occupational Licensing: Electrical worker and contractor licensing information

ERAC National Certification Database

Tas Networks

Aurora Energy

Hydro Tasmania

Momentum Energy

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