What's in an electrical safety check? Download our comprehensive checklist

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Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic) increased the mandatory safety obligations on electrical safety checks from 29 March 2021. Every two years, an electrical safety check must be carried out by a licensed electrician and must meet the requirements outlined in the Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021 ("Regulations").

We have worked closely and collaboratively with Energy Safe Victoria and Victorian Building Authority to ensure that our electrical safety service meets all the requirements outlined in the Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021 ("Regulations").



Different elements of our electrical safety check


1. Testing of switchboard

What’s involved? Duration (approx.) Why is it important?
  • Visual inspection
  • Checking all fuses for signs of damage or overheating and appropriateness of Amp rated fuse wire/cartridges and replace any damaged fuses
  • Checking all individual breakers for compliance & correct Amp rating and replace any faulty breakers
  • Checking that type of wiring is appropriate, compliant and neither exposed nor damaged
  • Main earthing system compliance testing
  • Safety switch testing and reset and replacement of any faulty or damaged items


2. Testing of every accessible power point in the home

What’s involved? Duration (approx.) Why is it important?
  • Visual inspection
  • Earth continuity tests (or can be substituted with earth loop impedance tests)
  • Voltage and polarity tests


3. Checks of each landlord supplied electrical appliance

What’s involved? Duration (approx.) Why is it important?
  • Visual inspection of each appliance and assessment as to whether accessible and in good operating condition
  • Checks for faulty or damaged plugs or leads
  • Earth continuity test where the appliance frame is metal and/or conductive
  • Checks of all accessible light switches for compliance and replace faulty or damaged items (excluding globes)
  • Checks of all overhead fans for compliance


Easy reference checklist

We have picked out the essential elements of the electrical safety check from the respective standards and created the below checklist that set out the main checks and testing required in the plainest English we could.

We are aware that some other providers are failing to complete all the required tests. If you are not currently enrolled in our electrical safety service, please ensure you ask them to validate that all of these checks, including the earth continuity testing of every power point, is included in the service provided.

  Click here to download our electrical safety check easy reference checklist.

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How to enrol in our electrical safety service

If you are in Victoria and would like to enrol in our electrical safety service, please complete the below form.

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