A contestable works program exists under the NSW Electricity Supply Act 1995. This provides electricity customers in NSW with the right to choose suitably qualified and accredited persons to connect their premises to the Network Operator’s distribution network, arrange for the supply of more electricity from the distribution network than they are currently consuming, or to extend the distribution network to reach their premises.
To ensure that the electrical distribution network and connection to the distribution network remains reliable and safe, only Accredited Service Providers (ASPs) operating under the ASP scheme administered by NSW Trade & Investment, may perform this work.
Employees and sub-contractors of ASPs must be suitably qualified and registered with the ASP scheme before seeking authorisation from the local Network Operator to work on or near the electricity network.
The ASP Scheme accredits different types (levels) of work.
LEVEL 1 ACCREDITATION
allows for both overhead and underground construction work on distribution networks which are located adjacent to roadway. Level 1 service providers may be accredited for the following work categories:
- overhead lines
- underground lines.
LEVEL 2 ACCREDITATION
allows for construction of service lines between the distribution system and the point of connection to the premises and for the installation and energisation of metering services. Level 2 service providers may be accredited for the following work categories:
- disconnection and reconnection
- underground service lines
- overhead service lines
- metering and energising new installations
- installing contestable market metering
LEVEL 3 ACCREDITATION
allows for the design of distribution networks. Service providers may be accredited for the following work categories:
- overhead lines
- underground lines.
level 1 qualifications
The services that can be provided by a Level 1 ASP consist of constructing and installing electricity distribution works to enable the provision of customer connection services (these are services related to a new connection or alteration to a connection as defined in section 24(3) of the Electricity Supply Act 1995 and chapter 5A of the National Electricity Rules). Examples include:
- the laying and stringing of electricity cables as well as the jointing of cables;
- erecting electricity poles and excavating underground cable trenches;
- ‘line work’ such as working with live electricity cables (but not live High Voltage);
- building or working on or inside electricity distribution sub-stations; and
- construction work that may include the use of plant and equipment.
A Business that is accredited as a Level 1 ASP can be accredited in any of following four classes:
(previously known as Category 1 Overhead) – Overhead – work on or near the overhead electricity network:
- examples include pole erection, tower construction, conductor stringing and tensioning, street lighting works comprising pole erection, stringing of conductors and luminaire erection and substation construction.
(previously known as Category 2a Underground) – Underground Paper lead and Polymeric – work on or near the underground electricity network, including polymeric and paper lead cables:
- examples include cable trench excavation, duct laying, cable pit construction, pillar installation, cable laying and jointing, street lighting works comprising underground standard erection, cable laying and luminaire erection and substation construction.
(previously known as Category 2b Underground) – Underground Polymeric only – work on or near the underground electricity network as described for Class 1B but excluding work on paper lead or CONSAC cables.
Non-electrically qualified. This class allows non-electrically qualified personnel to be registered with the ASP Scheme in accordance with the Scheme Rules. It also allows application to be made to a distributor for authorisations not covered in the Scheme Rules, where the requirements for those authorisations are set by the Distributors. Examples of specific authorisations that may be required by a distributor include:
- electrical trade related works performed by electrical trades apprentices covered by a training contract that may be required to work on or near the network under direct and constant supervision of an appropriately authorised person, – work performed by persons engaged by a telecommunications network operator on telecommunications assets attached to electricity network operator assets,
- trades assistant work such as safety observer, rescue assistant and plant operator.
Level 1 Training and Assessment requirements
|Level 1 ASP Qualification and training requirements|
|Classes of Contestable Services
(type of work)
|ASP Scheme Qualification Criterion for Level 1 ASPs
Training organisations must be registered with Australian Skills Quality Authority or their state training authority and must have the relevant qualification and unit of competency on their scope of registration to deliver training and/or assessment.
|Core Qualifications (refer Note 1)||Additional Mandatory Competency Units (refer Note 2)|
Class 1A _
carry out work on or near the overhead electricity network
UET30612 - Certificate III in ESI
- Power Systems - Distribution Overhead
|UETTDRRF11A - Testing of connections to low voltage electricity networks|
Class 1B _
carry out work on or near the underground electricity network including both paperlead and polymeric and associated underground asset installation works
|UET30812 - Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Distribution Cable Jointing||
UETTDRCJ21A - Lay ESI electrical cables
UETTDRCJ22A - Install & maintain deenergised LV UG paper insulated cables
UETTDRCJ23A - Install & maintain deenergised high voltage underground paper insulated cables
UETTDRRF11A - Testing of connections to low voltage electricity networks,
Class 1C _
carry out work on or near the underground electricity network and associated underground asset installation works limited to polymeric cables only
UET30812 - Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Distribution Cable Jointing
UET30811 - Certificate III in Electrotechnology
Electrician (or equivalent)
UET30612 - Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Distribution Overehad
UETTDRCJ21A - Lay ESI electrical cables
UETTDRCJ26A - Install & maintain deenergised low voltage underground polymeric cables
UETTDRCJ27A - Install & maintain deenergised high voltage underground polymeric cables
UETTDRRF11A - Testing connections to low voltage electricity networks
Upon verification; those holidng an equivalent qualification to
Registered Training Organisations (RTO's) must ensure that any/all prerequisite units of competency (as specified within each of the relevant competency standards) have been achieved prior to awarding any of the units of competency specified within "Additional Mandatory Competency Units" column of Level 1 table.
To become accredited an applicant must apply in writing, using the
Following registration, an ASP must seek to have those personnel
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We will conduct recruitment for placements in an ethical and responsible manner. An offer for placement will be based upon an assessment of how your current qualifications, competence and ambitions match the opportunity offered in the qualification/Unit of Competency.
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To apply, go to www.iacsafetyservices.com.au, select your course of study, and follow the prompts. We will verify that we have received your application. However, this does not mean that it has been approved. In the application process, it is your responsibility to:
• Establish the application closing date.
• Check that you meet the requirements and address the selection criteria specified.
• Where requested, provide copies of your evidence, the originals of which must be verified by IAC Safety Services® or by a Justice of the Peace with an authorisation number; or a barrister, solicitor or attorney; or a Police Officer the rank of Sergeant or above. In any case the following statement must by made by the verifier:
‘I verify this to be a true copy of the document shown to me as the original’
The copy must have the verifier’s Name, Signature, Contact Details, the date and the Official Stamp or Seal of the verifier’s organisation on the copy, if such a stamp exists.
• Keep a copy of your completed form.Notes:
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2. IAC Safety Services® is not responsible for obtaining information that you have not provided. Such information cannot be verified or considered.
3. Do not send original(s) documents as all documents are destroyed and therefore cannot be returned.
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In the approval / enrolment process, if successful IAC Safety Services® will make you an offer informing you of the commencement date of your study or we will inform you that your application was not successful. Upon enrolment you are entitled to receive all of your learning materials; attend Class; have your competency(s) assessed; and receive eligible ‘Certificates’ or ‘Statements of Attainment’.
Placement is available until the class is full or accepted continuously through the year.
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