Electrical safety rental minimum standard

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18 January 2023
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Rental providers are reminded that they will be responsible for ensuring that their properties comply with the electrical safety rental minimum standard that comes into effect from 29 March 2023.

The electrical safety standard requires rental properties to have a modern style switchboard, with circuit breakers and electrical safety switches installed.

If you are a rental provider and unsure about whether a property complies with the standard, you should engage a licensed or registered electrician to check, and to upgrade as required.

Demand for electricians’ services is likely to be high. Engage an electrician early to ensure your property meets the required standard before it comes into effect.

Electrical services regulations require a safety compliance certificate to be issued by your electrician, confirming that any work has been conducted in accordance with relevant safety laws.

You are entitled to ask questions to help you understand what work is required to meet the rental standard and to ask for a second opinion if you are unsure. 

For more detailed information about the electrical safety standard, including when minimum standards apply to rental agreements and other minimum standards that apply to rental properties, see Rental properties - minimum standards.

Advice from Energy Safe Victoria

Energy Safe Victoria advises that electrical workers upgrading rental properties must ensure switchboards are not energised before the work is inspected by a licensed electrical inspector. For more information, visit Energy Safe Victoria website.