The Accreditation Scheme
Individual electrical contractors or electrical contracting/consulting companies can become accredited service providers to perform contestable works for customers wanting to connect to our network. This may include high and low voltage works, substations, services and metering. Accreditation to undertake contestable work in NSW is administered by the NSW Department of Industry.
Once accredited, these companies & individuals must also obtain authorisation from Ausgrid to work on or near our existing distribution network assets prior to performing any work.
Note: ASP/3s currently do not require company authorisation.
There are 3 levels of accreditation which can be gained from the NSW Department of Industry.
Level 1: Contestable construction of network assets
An authorised ASP/1 can construct distribution and sub-transmission network assets, including underground or overhead mains, apparatus and substations. This also includes augmenting the network to increase the existing network’s capacity or the relocation of existing assets for customers.
Level 2: Contestable service work/connection services
An authorised ASP/2 can install, repair or maintain the overhead or underground service lines between the customer installation and the electricity network. This includes disconnecting and reconnecting existing premises from the network, installing electricity metering equipment and connecting service lines to the network and energising the installation.
Level 3: Contestable design
An accredited ASP/3 companies Designer who is authorised by Ausgrid can design distribution and sub-transmission network assets, including underground or overhead mains, apparatus and substations. This also includes augmenting the network to increase the existing network’s capacity.
These designs must be submitted to Ausgrid for certification in line with the contestable application process prior to commencing construction to ensure compliance with our network standards.
You can obtain more information on becoming accredited from the NSW Department of Industry.