ERAC EESS

ERAC are responsible for Electrical Safety compliance in Australia.

This is regulated under the ERAC EESS scheme.

Electrical Safety compliance is mandated in all Australian states and territories. ERAC (Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council) coordinates these activities and administers the EESS (Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme). The states of Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia are current ERAC EESS participants. Other states and territories follow their own schemes (such as NSW Fair Trading).

ERAC regulates the following:

ERAC EESS RCM compliance Mark

Q: Why is electrical safety compliance important?

A: To ensure the safety of people, animals and property by minimising the risk of  electrocution and fire.

ERAC EESS

ERAC EESS in-scope electrical equipment (generally household or similar, with rated voltage >50VAC or >120VDC) must meet EESS requirements. Non EESS schemes use similar rules and in-scope equipment is referred to as “prescribed” or “declared” articles.

Electrical equipment must comply with AS/NZS 3820. This is not a product safety standard, rather a general overview of essential safety requirements for electrical equipment. The product must comply with a relevant Product Family Standard (or generic electrical safety standard AS/NZS 3100 if a specific product standard does not exist).

The legal entity who places the device on the market is known as a Responsible Supplier. Only Australian entities can register. A Responsible Supplier can appoint an ERAC EESS Authorised Representative to register devices and manage the compliance activities on their behalf.

Responsible Suppliers must register on the ACMA/ERAC database (fees apply for ERAC registration).

Global Approvals can act as an ERAC EESS Authorised Representative. We can arrange all ERAC activities on behalf of the Responsible Supplier. Click the link to find out more.

It is an offence to supply electrical equipment that does not comply with ERAC EESS requirements. ERAC can administer heavy penalties for noncompliance with its rules, including fines, de-registration and de-listing of products and product recall.

Fines can range from $4,000 to $3M depending on the circumstances. Offenders can also be imprisoned!

ERAC EESS Certification can be completed by various government agencies and designated commercial organisations (known as certifiers) such as NSW Fair Trading, Energy Safe Victoria, SGS and SAA Approvals.

Accredited test reports from ilac member laboratories or CB test reports (with accompanying CB Certificates) are submitted to the certifier as part of the certification process. In the case of overseas IEC or EN safety test reports that do not include Australian variations additional top up testing will be necessary.

A Certificate of Conformity that is valid for a maximum of 5 years can then be issued. After expiration they must be renewed. If the standard has changed then additional testing or assessment  may be required.

If the certified product is modified then an assessment is required to determine if additional testing, assessment and certification is necessary.

Devices that do not require certification can still be certified voluntarily (Certificate of Suitability). These certificates are recommended  for peace of mind if overseas test reports are used to demonstrate compliance. They can also be good for marketing and promotion purposes. Government or private contracts may stipulate the supply of safety certificates even if they are not mandatory under ERAC EESS.

Devices that are not ERAC EESS in-scope, such as commercial equipment or equipment outside the rated voltage thresholds must still be electrically safe under ERAC rules. This can by achieved by  meeting the essential ERAC safety requirements of AS/NZS 3820 and holding sufficient evidence. Test reports to an applicable product family standard are the best form of evidence and are highly recommended.

There are three compliance levels for ERAC EESS in-scope electrical equipment:

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Level 1

  • Register as a Responsible Supplier
  • Provide a declaration
  • Hold suitable evidence of compliance
  • Label the device with the RCM
  • Maintaining a Compliance folder is recommended but not mandatory
  • Registration of the device and certification (Certificate of Suitability) is optional
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Level 2

  • Register as a Responsible Supplier
  • Provide a declaration
  • Hold a valid test report
  • Register the device on the ERAC database
  • Label the device with the RCM
  • Maintain a Compliance folder
  • Certification (Certificate of Suitability) is optional 
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Level 3

  • Register as a Responsible Supplier
  • Provide a declaration
  • Register the device on the ERAC database
  • Hold a Certificate of Conformity
  • Label the device with the RCM
  • Maintaining a Compliance folder is recommended but not mandatory

Common Electrical Safety Product Family Standards

   AS/NZS 60950.1 for IT equipment

   AS/NZS 62368.1 for Multimedia equipment

   AS 61010.1 for Measurement, Test and Control Equipment

   AS/NZS 60335.1 (and sub parts) for household items

   AS/NZS 60598.1 for Lighting Equipment

Common Level 2 & 3 Equipment

Level 2 and Level 3 devices are specified in AS/NZS 4417.2. Example items include the following:

  • Toaster
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fan
  • Portable Luminaire
  • Power supply
  • Charger
  • Portable tools
  • Wall switch

HOT TIP: Ensure electrical safety reports are ILAC accredited and reference Australian National variations. Ensure CB reports are accompanied by a valid CB certificate and reference Australian National variations.

Important Downloads and Links:

download ERAC RCM label

RCM label artwork

ACMA ERAC database

ACMA/ERAC Database

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