Why Victorian residential landlords must test and tag their properties.

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Changes to Victoria’s rental laws now mean that landlords must ensure that electrical safety checks such as RCD Testing are completed in all residential tenancies.

This means residential landlords in Victoria must undertake electrical safety checks every two years and these services must be undertaken and recorded by a licensed electrician.

It is a rental law that landlords and rental agencies should expect to be introduced in all states across Australia into the future.

Under the Victorian legislation:

  • The landlord must ensure RCD testing has occurred and keep records of the safety checks.
  • The inspection and RCD testing must meet Section 4 of AS/NZS 3019:2007 Electrical Installations – Periodic Verification standards.
  • Energy Safe Victoria suggests that a digital inspection record of the testing and tagging inspection be provided to the rental provider and kept by the licensed electrician.   
  • The renter must be provided with a record of the testing and tagging safety check if requested. The ESV says that “if an electrical safety check has not been conducted within the last two years at the time the renter occupies the premises” an electrical safety check must be provided “as soon as possible


“If the safety check shows electrical repairs are needed to make the property safe, the rental provider should engage an REC or a licensed electrician employed by an REC to do the repair work”.

ServiceFM is one of Australia’s leading corporate and commercial electrical safety services providers and can meet all of the Victorian Government’s Residential Tenancies Regulations for
RCD testing. 

Victorian-based Service Manager Electrical Safety Compliance Michael Darzins said the RCD Testing process is quick and easy and the inspection, testing and record-keeping requirements can be conducted with minimal interference to the property’s tenant.

“A residential safety check usually takes between 30 minutes to one hour - depending on the size of the property and ease of access to areas such as switchboards. The safety check entails a ServiceFM technician attending your rental property, checking all switchboards, wiring, appliances and devices to make sure they’re safe for continued use.”  

“After this is completed, the landlord or property manager will be supplied with a certificate of electrical safety.” 

Our uniformed electrical test and tag technicians bring minimal equipment into the property and undergo annual police checks. 

For more information about residential electrical safety checks and ServiceFM’s other nationwide compliance solutions, please contact us on 1300 300 959.

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