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Safety Approval Services

Supplier: Austest Laboratories

Austest has provided clients with literally hundreds of safety approval certificates for prescribed items (mandatory approval certificates) through to certificates of suitability (voluntary approval certs).


Each Australian state has enacted electrical safety legislation to ensure electrical equipment that is hired or sold is electrically safe. Liaison between Australia’s eight States and Territories and New Zealand is performed by ERAC (the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council), while it is accepted that an approval gained in 1 State/Territory is acceptable for sale in all other States/Territories. Examples of electrical safety approval markings are Qxxxx (Queensland), Vxxxx(Victoria), NSWxxxx (New South Wales).

Mandatory safety approval is required for a range of products listed in Appendix E of AS/NZS 4417.2 (Marking of electrical products to indicate compliance with regulations - Specific requirements for electrical safety regulatory applications)

Some examples of prescribed electrical equipment:

  • Appliance plugs and connectors
  • AC/DC adapters
  • Battery chargers/savers, for rechargeable cells, including automotive type
  • Blankets
  • Circuit-breakers, miniature over-current
  • Clothes dryers
  • Conditioning and control devices (portable)
  • Many portable Kitchen and Cooking appliances
  • Cord extension sockets
  • Cord-line switches
  • Cords (supply flexible cords)
  • Decorative lighting outfits, including
  • Christmas lights
  • Dishwashing machines
  • Electric fence energisers
  • Extra low voltage power supplies (see power supply units)
  • Fans (portable and fixed)
  • Fluorescent lamp ballasts
  • Hair-care appliances, including:
  • brushes
  • combs
  • curling irons
  • curling wands
  • hair clippers
  • dryers
  • rollers
  • Hand lamps
  • Hand-held portable tools, including:
  • cutters
  • drills
  • grinders
  • planers
  • polishers
  • routers
  • sanders
  • saws
  • trimmers
  • Hedge clippers
  • Immersion heaters (including aquarium immersion heaters)
  • Irons (including fabric steamers)
  • Insect electrocutors
  • Jugs
  • Kettles (see saucepans)
  • Lamp holders (normal bayonet-type or Edison screw type)
  • Lawnmowers
  • Liquid heating appliances,
  • Plugs & Sockets
  • Range hoods
  • Ranges, fixed, including:
  • cooking hobs
  • ovens
  • Razors/ hairclippers
  • Refrigerators and freezers, including wine cellars
  • Residual current devices (safety switches)
  • Room heaters
  • Saucepans, including:
  • deep fryers
  • fry pans
  • woks
  • BBQ’s (indoor and outdoor)
  • Sewing machines
  • Shavers (electric razors)
  • Sockets outlets
  • Soldering irons
  • Switches (wall)
  • Switches (cord line)
  • Television receivers
  • Toasters
  • Transformers, extra-low voltage (see power supply units)
  • Ultra-violet/infra-red therapeutic lamps
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Washing machines
  • Water heaters, unvented storage, instantaneous

Austest performs testing of many of these products. If you don’t have an existing test report, we can perform full compliance testing to the Australian and often international versions of the relevant safety standard. If you have a partial test report, such as a CB report or other endorsed test report, we can perform partial testing to the Australian specific deviations. If your existing Australian safety approval has expired, we will review your previous report and provide top-up testing to latest amendments to your product specific standard, often avoiding the need for full product retesting.

If you have an existing report covering all the Australian test requirements, we can use your report for electrical approval submission and obtain a safety approval certificate on your behalf. Note that unlike C-Tick (EMC) or A-Tick (Telecommunications) approvals, Australian safety approval certificates can be issued in the name of an overseas company.

We are able to provide electrical safety certificates in 4-5 days (subject to compliance and required documentation). This 1 week turn-around for certificates comes at NO ADDITIONAL COST.