18 April 2013 — Standards Australia has published a new Australian Standard for electricity network safety management systems.

The standard – AS 5577—2013 Electricity network safety management systems – was developed by Technical Committee EN-004 comprising:

  • Australian Pipeline Industry Association
  • Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union
  • Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
  • Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council
  • ElectroComms and Energy Utilities Industry Skills Council
  • Energy Networks Association
  • Grid Australia
  • National Electrical and Communications Association

The standard follows a January 2012 Intergovernmental Agreement on Energy Supply Industry Safety, when Commonwealth, State and Territory first ministers agreed to progress the national harmonisation of energy technical and safety regulation across Australia.