INFORMATION BULLETIN – CHANGES TO VEET MANDATORY SAFETY TRAINING (MST) REQUIREMENTS
Version 1.0 – 20 April 2016
The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme is a Victorian Government initiative promoted as the Energy Saver Incentive.
This document is to advise accredited persons (APs) and other interested parties of changes to the VEET mandatory safety training (MST) requirements. These changes have been recommended to the Essential Services Commission (ESC) following a safety review of VEET activities.
The new requirements formally commence on 20 July 2016. APs undertaking prescribed activities that require MST for installers will need to familiarise themselves with the new requirements, ensure their installers are appropriately trained and update their account on the VEET website, if necessary, prior to this date.
In accordance with clause 5.4 of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Guidelines, the Essential Services Commission (ESC) may specify units of competency to be undertaken by installers involved in prescribed activities in the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme where safety is a concern. Under the clause, the mandatory safety training (MST) requirements must be published on the VEET website, with stakeholders consulted on proposed units and the length of time that an accredited person (AP) will be given to comply with the new requirements.
MST requirements apply to persons wishing to undertake prescribed activities under Schedules 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 21 and 26 of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2008 (the Regulations). Fully qualified and licensed electricians and plumbers, and registered builders, are exempt from the MST requirements provided that the details of their licence are current and correct in their account on the VEET website. Current and historical MST requirements can be found in the Explanatory Note – Creating VEECs from Prescribed Activities (pp 6-11) available on the VEET website at www.veet.vic.gov.au. MST requirements can be achieved by persons successfully completing a unit of competency and proven by receiving a certificate from the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that offers the unit.
In addition to adhering to relevant MST requirements, APs have a responsibility to adhere to all requirements, standards and specifications set out in the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Act 2007 and the Regulations, with prescribed activities to be undertaken in accordance with all laws, regulations and codes of practice applicable to that activity.
3 CHANGES TO MST REQUIREMENTS
3.1 RESIDENTIAL SECTOR
The MST requirements for residential installations of Schedules 13, 14, 15 and 21A & 21B have been updated to mandate completion of the CPCCCM2010B- Working safely at heights unit from 20 July 2016. This unit is already required for these activities in the business sector.
In addition, from 20 July 2016 the MST requirements for Schedule 26 will include CPCPCM2023A- Carry out OHS requirements and VU21859- Undertake retrofitting to improve energy and water efficiency.
Please refer to Table 1 below for an outline of the updated MST requirements for residential activities applicable from 20 July 2016.
3.2 BUSINESS SECTOR
From 20 July 2016, the MST requirements for Schedule 26 will include CPCPCM2023A- Carry out OHS requirements and VU21859- Undertake retrofitting to improve energy and water efficiency.
Please refer to Table 2 below for an outline of the updated MST requirements for business activities applicable from 20 July 2016.