Welcome to the Victorian Electricity Supply Industry (VESI) website.
This website is jointly managed by the five Victorian Major Electricity Companies. (Formerly known as Distribution Networks or Distribution Businesses - DB's) namely CitiPower, Powercor, AusNet Services, Jemena and United Energy, with the transmission network owned and operated by AusNet Services.
In simple terms VESI is not a company, corporation nor a business, it is a registered trade mark and when the five Major Electricity Companies jointly agree to a procedure, practice or process then they brand it as a VESI document to enable consistency, compliance and transportability across the companies.
The VESI logo has been registered by AusNet on behalf of the companies that own the five electricity distribution networks in Victoria. Its use is limited to the development of material that is accepted and endorsed by the five electricity distribution networks, e.g. the Green Book, NGZ Guidelines and the Fieldworker Handbook. Other companies that are outside the VESI may be allowed use of the VESI logo only with written permission that is endorsed by the five distribution networks in Victoria. Permission in the first instance should be sought from the Green Book Committee at this link.
This website has been established to provide a common platform for the storage and reference for industry related information, links and contacts for documentation and issues common to all the businesses within VESI.
There have been many improvements in the VESI over the years, some initiated by the VESI and others by government, please find below a snapshot of changes over the years:
|2014||Switching Authorities - Common Log Book established|
Electrical Safety Rules for the VESI Distribution Networks The Green Book revision
National Licencing - decision by COAG not to undertake
Trial commenced of Skills Passport Smart Card for authorities only at United Energy
|2012||National competency for Testing of Connections introduced to comply with AS4741|
|2011||National Refresher Training Competency Units introduced|
After consultation with industry the Passport Steering Committee membership expanded to include the ETU, E-Oz and industry stakeholders.
National ESI Skills passport launched with a paper based passport in VESI and a smart card in some states
Victorian qualification for Asset Inspection established
Updated national training package launched (UET 09)
A national refresher training protocol in the form of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by the ENA, the Hon. Martin Ferguson MP, all Network Operators, and the ETU. The MOU identified minimum refresher training competencies and confirmed agreement for mutual recognition of these competencies during mutual aid events.
VESI Website launched and all industry related information and published here
The VESI Skills and Training Reference Committee commenced
The VESI Skills and Training Guideline and matrix launched
First VESI Skills and Training Reference Committee forum launched
The ESI Passport Steering Committee established by ENA
|2007||Sector based committee disestablished|
Updated Code of Practice on Electrical Safety for the Distribution Businesses in the VESI - The Green Book revised
Updated national training package launched (UET 06)
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) publish ENA DOC - 013 Network Passport Guideline
|2005||Victorian Certificate IV in Electrical Inspection established|
Section 10 Committee established by the Office of the Chief Electrical Inspector (OCEI) to implement a registration system for employees in the VESI. The system was launched in late 2004 and commenced with the category of Lineworkers.
After consultation with the Office of the Chief Electrical Inspector (OCEI), the ETU and industry stakeholders, the VESI Passport was launched. The VESI Passport was the first state based Passport system, and recorded inductions, authorisations, refresher training and competencies.
|1999||Code of Practice on Electrical Safety for the Distribution Businesses in the VESI - The Green Book published|
First national training package launched (UTT98)
Code of Practice on Electrical Safety for the Distribution Businesses in the VESI - The Green Book published
|1992||The SECV updated all field refresher training processes including guidance materials for trainers and new Module Descriptors. (Module Descriptors were the predecessors to modern Competency Standard Units)|
|1969||The SECV implemented their enterprise based apprentice training program for Linesmen, the first in Australia which pre-dated national qualifications by 30 years. Prior to this the SECV trained linesmen using an ABC rating system|