Some connection work (called ‘contestable services’) must only be done by an electrical professional who is an Accredited Service Provider (ASP).
There are three types of contestable services for which ASPs require separate accreditation:
Ausgrid must also have authorised an ASP to work on our network.
Most connections require only an ASP/2 to connect your premise to our network. It is only if the network needs to be augmented to support your connection that you may need an ASP/3 to design the network modifications and an ASP/1 to build them.
You have complete freedom of choice in selecting the ASPs you want to build your connection. Energy NSW maintains a list of ASPS on the Energysaver website.
Why can't Ausgrid do this work?
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has published a national Ring-fencing Guideline to promote competition in the electricity services market. The Guideline prevents Ausgrid, and all other Distribution Network Service Providers, from offering contestable electricity services that can be performed by any qualified electrical contractor.