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The Office of the Technical Regulator is responsible for South Australia’s electrical, gas and plumbing safety and technical regulation

Regulatory function

The position of the Technical Regulator is established under the following Acts:

The Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) assists the Technical Regulator in the administration of these Acts. Its primary objectives are ensuring the safety of workers, consumers and property as well as compliance with legislation and applicable technical standards in the electricity, gas and water industries.

Appliances

The functions of the OTR include monitoring and enforcing compliance of electricity and gas appliances with safety and technical standards as well as labelling of appliances for safety and energy efficiency.

Installations

Promoting, auditing and enforcing the compliance of electricity, gas and water installations with safety and technical standards is an important function of the OTR.

The OTR also administers certificates of compliance requirements to ensure that electrical, gas fitting and plumbing workers and contractors comply with legislated requirements relating to work that they have carried out.

Utility infrastructure

The Technical Regulator is responsible for monitoring the compliance of electricity, gas and water infrastructure with relevant technical standards and other requirements to ensure safety and maintenance of supply. These responsibilities include:

  • electricity generation, transmission and distribution
  • gas distribution
  • water infrastructure.

Electricity entity auditing

The OTR conducts safety and technical audits of electricity entities operating in South Australia. The audits cover selected safety and technical areas in the operation of the entities.

Every electricity entity operating in South Australia is audited over a two or three year cycle. Details of audits carried out by the OTR and are published in the OTR's electricity annual reports.

The OTR has established guidelines for conducting safety and technical audits. The guidelines are generally based on Australian standards for auditing quality systems.

Functions under the Electricity Act 1996

The principal functions of the Technical Regulator under the Electricity Act 1996 are:

  • monitoring and regulation of safety and technical standards in the electricity supply industry
  • monitoring and regulation of safety and technical standards relating to electrical installations
  • administration of the provisions of the Act relating to clearance of vegetation from powerlines
  • monitoring and investigation of major interruptions to the electricity supply
  • fulfilling any other function assigned to the Technical Regulator under the Act.

Functions under the Gas Act 1997

The main functions of the Technical Regulator under the Gas Act 1997 are:

  • monitoring and regulation of safety and technical standards in the gas supply industry
  • monitoring and regulation of safety and technical standards relating to gas installations
  • providing advice in relation to safety or technical standards in the gas supply industry to the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) at its request
  • fulfilling any other function assigned to the Technical Regulator under the Act.

Functions under the Energy Products (Safety and Efficiency) Act 2000

Under the Energy Products (Safety and Efficiency) Act 2000, the Technical Regulator is responsible for the safety and energy efficiency labelling of energy products (including specified electrical and gas products).

It is also responsible for the registration of specified electrical and gas products for minimum energy performance standards (MEPS).

Under this Act, the Technical Regulator has the authority to monitor and audit showrooms to ensure the application of relevant safety and energy efficiency labelling on products that are displayed for sale. The Technical Regulator has the authority to prohibit the sale or use of unsafe energy products.

Functions under the Water Industry Act 2012

The main functions of the Technical Regulator under the Water Industry Act 2012 are:

  • development of technical standards in connection with the water industry
  • monitoring and regulating technical standards with respect to water and sewerage installations and associated equipment, products and materials (including on the customer's side of any connection point) and plumbing
  • providing advice in relation to safety or technical standards in the water industry to ESCOSA at its request, and in the plumbing industry
  • fulfilling any further function assigned to the Technical Regulator under the Act.

Annual reports

A copy of the Technical Regulator's annual report is presented to both houses of the Parliament by the Minister.

Representation on committees

The OTR is represented on a number of national and Trans-Tasman standards and advisory committees. These are listed in the annual reports and include:

  • Electrical Technical Advisory Committee
  • Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council
  • Energy Planning and Regulators Coordination Group
  • Standards and Codes Committee
  • Electricity standards, codes and amendments
  • Gas Technical Advisory Committee
  • Gas Technical Regulators Committee.

Further information about the function of these committees can be found on representation on committees.

Regulation Roundup

Regulation Roundup is a newsletter for people who work with electricity, gas and water.

It contains information about:

  • legislation and changes to legislation
  • standards and industry code updates
  • details of faulty products or components
  • safety tips
  • auditing results
  • industry events and roadshows.

The newsletter is published twice a year and sent to all licensed electrical, plumbing and gas workers and contractors in South Australia.


Related links

Contact the Office of the Technical Regulator

Read current and past editions of the Regulation Roundup newsletter

Internal audit checklists for Safety, Reliability, Maintenance and Technical Management Plans (SRMTMP)