We have made changes to our mandatory safety training (MST) unit requirements for installers in the VEU program to reflect availability of unit offerings given some units have been superseded and replaced in 2020.
Updates have been made to the construction sector guidance page which means that businesses are now allowed to doorknock for sales purposes. Review our telemarketing/lead generation requirements under the program
We have introduced new product application requirements for lighting products with switchable wattage settings. We invite you to provide feedback on how we manage the transition for lighting products with switchable wattage settings which are currently listed on the Register of Products.
The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions have released updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the construction sector, which includes a specific page providing guidance for solar and energy efficiency activities as part of the roadmap for easing restrictions across Victoria.
We have updated our guidance documents and the VEU registry to implement changes to lamp product types and available upgrade lamp ballast combinations and asset lifetime references for lamps installed under activity 34. We have also made changes to the certificate creation form for activity 27.
We have released an update for program participants to reflect updated guidance for the construction sector and electricity, gas, water and waste services permitted work sectors under stage 4 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne released by the Victorian Government.
We reduced requirements for product applications under building-based lighting upgrade where the product has already been approved either under public lighting upgrade or non-building-based lighting upgrade.
We have updated our evidentiary requirements for heating and space heating and cooling activities and clarified the use of appendix(s) in VBA Compliance Certificates and Certificates of Electrical Safety. Accredited persons must meet the new requirements from 12 December 2019.
From the week beginning 18 November, we will be automating our request for further information (RFI) process for all Victorian energy efficiency certificates (VEECs) created in the VEU Registry excluding VEECs for lighting activities (27, 34 J6, 34 Non J6 and 35) and project-based activities (PBA).
Victorian Energy Upgrades program documents have been updated to reflect the inclusion of mains powered in-home display units and to refine a number of requirements for in-home display activities under the program.
Victorian energy efficiency certificates (VEECs) are only eligible to be created for an activity 34 J6 lighting upgrade if the upgrade is a part of a site refurbishment that is required to comply with Part J6 of the Building Code of Australia.
This update relates to requirements for accredited person justifications for ‘duplicate’ activities, and licensed electrician attendance at the installation premises for sign-off on the VEEC assignment forms lighting activities 21A, 21C, 21D, 21E and 21F (replacing energy inefficient lamps with efficient lamps).
We have updated the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) Obligations and Program Guide for Accredited Persons to reflect that accredited persons must ensure that installers are equipped with safe portable ladders when performing residential lighting upgrades (and other relevant program activities).
Following consultation on the transition period to allow non omni-directional lamps to be installed under activity 21A, we have decided to extend the transition period for these lamps until 31 July 2019.
We have released documentation to enable participation in the six new gas efficiency activities which commence on 1 March 2019 under the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program. You can now apply to become accredited for these activities.
We have finalised our training and licensing requirements for incandescent GLS or compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) replacement activities (activity 21A). From 12 February 2019, licensed electricians will need to be involved in all stages of this activity. Accredited Persons will need to provide appropriate training to minimise safety risks associated with the replacement of CFLs on installers and consumers.
We have updated our process to refer suspected non-compliant VEU activities to Energy Safe Victoria and made changes to the building based lighting upgrade (activity 34) VEEC assignment form template. The updated assignment form applies from 7 March 2019.
We have made minor changes and provided additional clarification on the geo-tagged photo evidentiary requirements for incandescent lighting activity (activity 21) under the VEU program. Download the updated activity guide for the changes.