Legislation and regulations
Commonly identified legislation and regulations within the solar industry include:
Compliance codes and codes of practice also play an important role. They explain your duties or obligations under legislation in practical ways that are aimed to help you comply.
Installers in our solar programs must adhere to current and relevant standards for the design and installation of solar and battery storage systems.
These are made mandatory through:
- legislation and/or regulations; and/or
- normative reference from a mandated standard (commonly AS/NZS 3000 – Wiring Rules); and
- are required by the
Commonly identified AS/NZS Standards within the solar industry include, but are not limited to:
|AS/NZS 1170 Series||Structural Design Actions(All parts)|
|AS 1768||Lightning Protection|
|AS/NZS 3000||Electrical Installations (known as Wiring Rules)|
|AS/NZS 4509 Series|
Stand-alone power systems
|AS/NZS 4777 Series|
Grid Connections of Energy Systems via Inverters
|AS/NZS 5033||Installation of photovoltaic (PV) arrays|
|AS/NZS 5139||Electrical installations – Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment|
Energy Safe Victoria, WorkSafe Victoria and Solar Victoria develop guidance to inform installers and retailers of non-compliances found within installations.
- How to ensure you have a compliant PV installation.
- Working safely when installing photovoltaic (PV) systems.
- Identifying mismatched d.c. connectors in PV installations
- Grid connected inverter requirements from 18 December 2021.
- for guidance in addition to the requirements of AS/NZS 3000, AS/NZS 5033 and all other applicable standards.
- for guidance on eliminating the risk of electric shock relating to battery system installations providing backup power in the event of a grid outage.
Technical solution and guidance sheets
Series 1: Working safely at height
We developed this series of technical solution sheets in collaboration with WorkSafe Victoria to help installers in our program work safely in the solar industry. Use this series to plan safe systems of work while installing photovoltaic systems.
Falls while working at height remains the most serious risk associated with solar panel installations, so it is crucial to assess all risks and plan a safe approach to the installation.
Edge protection is a passive fall prevention system used to protect workers when working at heights. It acts as a physical and visible barrier around the perimeter of a work area to help prevent employees, tools, and equipment from falling.
Manual handling is work such as manually lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, moving or holding solar panels and other heavy and bulky items. During solar installations, injuries can occur while undertaking hazardous manual handling.
Employers have a duty to provide and maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risks to health. The use of portable ladders presents a risk of fatal or serious injury for anyone needing to gain access to a roof or conduct light tasks.
Elevating work platforms (EWPs) are mobile mechanical plant designed to lift or lower people, tools, and equipment by a telescopic, hinged or articulated system from a base support to and from an elevated position.
Many fatalities and serious injuries associated with installing solar panels are caused by people falling from a roof, through a roof, through an opening in a roof or while accessing a roof.
Asbestos-containing material (ACM) is any material or object that contains one or more of the mineral silicates, chrysotile (often called white asbestos), crocidolite (often called blue asbestos) or amosite (often called brown asbestos).
How to manage end-of-life solar PV
Installers and retailers in our program are required to responsibly manage solar PV and comply with the Victorian Government’s ban on e-waste entering landfill.
Solar industry links
Reviewed 19 September 2023