EnergySafe Magazine Winter 2018, issue 51 - Page 6

06 Latest news 2018 Wiring Rules available for licensed electrical practitioners By Neil Fraser, Deputy Director ESV In July, Standards Australia announced that the 2018 edition of AS/NZS 3000:2018, Electrical Installations (known as the Wiring Rules) has been published in Australia and New Zealand. The new standard, created through collaboration between industry and government, has now been published with key updates in important areas, such as main switches, residual current devices (RCDs) and DC wiring systems. Standards Australia’s General Manager, Strategy and Public Affairs, Adam Stingemore said he was pleased with the 2018 edition of the Wiring Rules, because compliance with standards in the electrical sector was a key element of safety in the community and industry. “Electrical standards are an important part of the industry. The technology and recognised best practice change over time, so it is important that we have appropriate standards for practitioners," he said. This release has become even more critical in recent days, following illegal activity that has resulted in an unauthorised pre-publication draft of the new standard being uploaded and circulated on social media. “As this is not an official Standards Australia publication, it is extremely important that licensed practitioners do not use this ‘pirated’ document, as it is simply not accurate, it is uncontrolled, and able to be edited by anyone," Mr Stingemore said. “Anyone who thinks they are covered by using this document may be putting employees, customers and community lives at risk, not to mention their own lives and livelihoods. Our primary concern is the safety of the community and practitioners,” Mr Stingemore said. Standards Australia cautioned all users to access only the official Standards Australia publication through official channels. The new standard is available in Australia from SAI Global. More information If you have any queries, contact ESV’s Electrical technical assistance line on (03) 9207 9700 and select option 2, or email ElectricalInstallationEnquiries@ energysafe.vic. gov.au  Loc Vuong: Celebrating 30 years at ESV By David Ranger, Internal Communications Advisor We caught up with Loc Voung who recently celebrated 30 years at ESV. Dedicated service to all Victorians: Loc Voung receives a special gift from Head of Regulatory Assurance, Brett Fox. What year did you start working with us? I joined State Electricity Commission Victoria (SECV) in 1988, before ESV was established in 2005. What do you enjoy about coming to work at ESV? I enjoy the friendly interactions with colleagues and my peers in the industry. What job did you do when you started at SEVC? I started here as an electrical engineer, and joined he regulatory division of SECV in 1991 as a member of a working group developing six sets of electricity safety legislation. In 2005, I became the Senior Network Safety Engineer with ESV. What's your fondest memory of working? I don’t know if I have one to be considered the fondest! Maybe too many… Could it be the day we started a long working day with Kentucky Fried Chicken and champagne finishing up in the late evening with pizza and red wine in the board room!  Advertorial New training rooms dedicated to Victorian Electrical Licensing opens in Clayton By Andrew Wilson, Managing Director, Technical Training Australia Pty Ltd Getting your Victorian ‘A' Grade Electrical Licence has never been easy. Victoria has a very high standard when it comes to licensing ‘A' Grade Electricians and Licensed Electrical Inspectors. Traditionally, Victoria has always maintained an independent assessment process to ensure the high quality of electrical workers in Victoria. As a result, licensing exams are of a very high standard and reflect the benchmark standards for Australia and Energy Safe Victoria. At Technical Training Australia (TTA) we also maintain a high standard of education for electrical licensing exams. Our tutorial programs allow you to fully understand your Licensed Electrical Assessments. Our tutorial programs also allow you to understand the technical nature of being an electrician and the responsibilities to uphold our Fundamental Principles, as a Victorian ‘A' Grade Electrician. We are very successful at getting you through your licensing exams. Whether you are from Melbourne, Bendigo, Shepparton, Gippsland, Geelong, Ballarat or Swan Hill, we will train you to be the best ‘A' Grade Electrician or Licensed Electrical Inspector, no matter what your limitations are. Check out this recommendation by our recent ‘A' Grade Electrician from regional Victoria. "Thanks for all your help, I am so glad I found you guys, your help and support not just for me, but for everyone that walks through your door, is second to none. You guys are creating some top notch ‘A' Grade Electricians. I am not sure what the magic is that you have in