Level 3 ASPs

Level 3 ASPs design overhead and/or underground distribution and Sub-Transmission network assets. If you need further information or support, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

Important Document Links:

Contestable Design Team

Northern Region – Drew Bugden P: 07 5506 3838 (Graham Foxwell, Dan Sherwin, Craig McElroy, Cleveland Maltman, David Smith, Steve Cuningham, Martin Tanner)

Central Region – Michael Wilson M: 0488 175 560 (Paul Turley, Cameron Woo, Jason Boundy, Jeena Joseph)

Southern Region – Tom Bollard M: 02 6589 8496 (Micheal Parris, Chris Gorham, Jeremy Bryce, Wayne Armour, Luke Horton)

Complex Team

Level 3 ASPs design overhead and/or underground distribution and Sub-Transmission network assets. If you need further information or support, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

Important Document Links:

Contestable Design Team

Northern Region – Drew Bugden P: 07 5506 3838 (Graham Foxwell, Dan Sherwin, Craig McElroy, Cleveland Maltman, David Smith, Steve Cuningham, Martin Tanner)

Central Region – Michael Wilson M: 0488 175 560 (Paul Turley, Cameron Woo, Jason Boundy, Jeena Joseph)

Southern Region – Tom Bollard M: 02 6589 8496 (Micheal Parris, Chris Gorham, Jeremy Bryce, Wayne Armour, Luke Horton)

Complex Team – David Shawcross M: 0437 558 903 (Paul Elston, Troy Dent, Justin Evans, Ben Dalgarno Fixter, Ben Saxon)

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    Essential Connections fix for Draft Applications

    What is Happening?

    Essential Energy has listened to feedback from ASPs and EC and has created a Submit button for applications with a ‘Draft’ status.

    You can now resume, complete, and submit draft applications by clicking on the new Submit button.

    If you continue to experience any issues, please contact aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

    What do you need to do?

    Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

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    Update to Surveyors Advice

    What is Happening?

    The Surveyors Advice letter (CEOF2579) has been updated to align with the feedback from the ASP Focus Group and the Surveyors Consultation Group.

    The Surveyor now has the option to provide a copy of this letter on their letterhead or alternatively provide a stamped Asset Location Survey plan.

    The Asset Location Survey Plan is a survey/plan with red lines marked on it by the surveyor, showing where the electricity assets have been installed.

    Thank you to those who provided feedback and potential solutions on this matter. Essential Energy is committed to working with you to improve our processes.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Download the latest copy of Surveyors Advice Letter (CEOF2579) from the Document Library
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

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    Update: Essential Energy’s Digital Identification is now live for ASPs

    What is happening?

    On the 5 September 2023 Essential Energy communicated that we would be transitioning from physical identification cards to a fully Digital ID solution.

    We are now communicating to you to announce the solution will be implemented and going live on the 4 October 2023 from 10am.

    The Digital ID solution will enable individuals to authenticate their identity online without the time and effort required to physically collect, handle, and store important documents. Once verified, this will allow Essential Energy to issue individual Digital ID’s more efficiently and securely.

    The solution is a 3-part application:

    1. IdentityONE – solution for issuing digital IDs.
    2. CaptureME – integrates with IdentityONE where users will upload their photo id and verification documents.
    3. IDmobile – installed on your smartphone, providing a digital version of your traditional card.

    What to except

    • From 4 October 2023, Essential Energy will issue individuals with a One Time Password and instructions to self-enrol in in the Digital ID using CaptureMe. The email will be sent from: idmodle.support@uniocard.com.au. As of Monday 9th October they will start coming from captureme@essentialenergy.com.au.
    • On receipt, individuals are to follow the instructions on how to upload individual identification and photo and submit the request.
    • Essential Energy will action the request and issue an email with instructions on how to install IDmobile App and the Digital ID.
    • Individuals will need to download ID mobile app onto their device and access their digital credentials.
    • Once you have your Digital ID, existing physical cards are to be returned to Essential Energy Security, PO Box 5730, PORT MACQUARIE NSW 2444 for secure destruction.

    We understand that transitioning to the new system will require adjustments and we appreciate your support and cooperation during this process. We believe the new solution will significantly enhance Essential Energy’s ability to manage authorisation when working on or near Essential Energy's network.

    Privacy

    • Essential Energy is mandated to meet strict compliance requirements to protect users’ privacy and security, and control against fraud.
    • All information and data collected by Essential Energy is classified as ‘Protected Data’. All protected data will be stored on IT infrastructure that is physically located in Australia. The data is only accessible from within Australia, by authorised personnel, and will not be exported outside Australia. The Digital ID solution meets Australian legislation requirements for data storage and Essential Energy own the IdentityONE Server. Users' personal information is not held by identityONE.
    • Once verified, all identity documents are disposed of securely by Essential Energy and in accordance with Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.
    • For more information, refer to the Essential Energy Privacy Policy.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Expect an email from idmodle.support@uniocard.com.au. As of Monday 9 October they will start coming from captureme@essentialenergy.com.au.
    2. A ‘How to guide’, Digital Identification User Guide is available to assist you with transitioning to the new way of doing business.
    3. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email Essential Energy Security at eesecurity@essentialenergy.com.au.

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    Soft Asset Label new return process

    A new process has been put together to use the CEOF6708 Asset Label Request Form (Return Stock Section) to allow you to return soft labels via the Portal for projects that have an ECN/ST number.

    Please follow the below procedure:

    • Create Asset Label Case as per normal procedure.
    • Select Return Label Option and enter quantity of labels to be returned.
    • Complete Return to Stock section of CEOF6708 Asset Label Request Form.
    • Attach CEOF6708 Asset Label Request Form to the Asset Label case.
    • Submit the request. Asset Label case will be assigned to the Asset Label Queue and completed via the normal process.

    Older projects that do not have a current ECN/ST number and require soft asset labels to be returned will need to follow the below procedure:

    1. Complete Return to Stock section of CEOF6708 Asset Label Request Form.
    2. Submit CEOF6708 Asset Label Request Form via email to contestableworks@essentialenergy.com.au.

    What do you need to do?

    Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

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    Essential Energy is moving to Digital Identifications (Digital ID)

    What is Happening?

    At Essential Energy, we look after the poles and wires that deliver electricity to 95 per cent of New South Wales and parts of southern Queensland. The electricity we deliver powers essential services such as hospitals and schools as well as the homes, businesses and services that form your community.

    It is no surprise that in today’s environment, security is one of the major challenges faced by every organisation and community. At Essential Energy, we are enhancing our personnel, cyber and physical security by transitioning to Digital IDs.

    The transition from physical identification and authorisation cards to a fully Digital ID solution is similar to the way NSW Government digital driver licences are issued.

    Essential Energy Digital ID will enable an individual to authenticate their identity online without the time and effort required in physically collecting, handling, and storing your important documents. Once verified, this will allow Essential Energy to issue an individual a Digital ID and network authorisation more efficiently and securely.

    Digital ID’s will provide positive benefits including:

    • Simplify the way ‘Authorised Service Providers’ cards are issued by creating a unique and secure Digital ID credential that is downloaded to your mobile device.
    • Digital IDs which can be used in real world environments wherever physical IDs are required, ensuring information is stored in a secure environment instead of on a physical card.
    • Updates in real time. Individuals will not need to wait for a physical authorisation card to be issued - either at the initial application, to replace a lost card, or when there is a change in your details. This will make the process simpler, safer, and more secure.
    • Digital ID will work and can be viewed even when there is no phone data coverage available.
    • As opposed to a physical card, you can manage the security and access to your Digital ID by changing your PIN or password and enabling Face ID if your smart device has this feature.

    What do you need to know?

    Effective 30 September 2023, the process for individuals who require a ‘Authorised Service Providers card’ will be modified to enhance security and streamline processes.

    The solution is compatible with all smartphone devices (iPhone, Android and HHU devices). Essential Energy is mandated to meet strict compliance requirements to protect users’ privacy and security, and control against fraud. For more information, refer to the Essential Energy Privacy Policy.

    The solution is a 3 part application:

    1. IdentityONE – solution for issuing digital IDs.
    2. CaptureME – integrates with IdentityONE where users will upload their photo id and verification documents.
    3. IDmobile – installed on your smartphone, providing a digital version of your traditional card.

    Individuals will need to supply their personal email address, mobile number, and upload their proof of ID information (identification photo and verification document) via the online application CaptureME.

    Next Steps:

    Essential Energy will provide more information including training materials, FAQs, and user guides closer to go live date.

    We kindly request you notify your contractors, employees and individuals contracted to do work on behalf of Essential Energy of this upcoming change.

    We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this transition. Thank you for your ongoing support in ensuring a reliable network for our customers and local communities.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

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    Notice of Arrangement (NoA)

    Notice of Arrangement (NoA) – August 2023

    A Notice of Arrangement (NoA) confirms that a subdivision has adequate electrical infrastructure to:

    • Supply electricity to every lot; and
    • Provide public lighting (if applicable)

    The process for applying for a NoA differs depending on whether your development is part of a contestable works project (i.e., has been given a standard connection offer and requires a Level 1 ASP to upgrade or extend the local network) or not. We are still transitioning across previous processes and systems so please review the options below and follow instructions for your scenario.

    Regardless of the process for applying, several documents will be required to support your NoA request – please ensure these documents are included with your application to avoid any additional processing fees and delays:

    • A copy of the final surveyors plans that will be submitted to the Land Registry Services (LRS) for registration of the subdivision. Please ensure it includes the surveyor’s reference number.
    • A copy of the Council Notice of Determination
    • A detailed drawing showing the point of attachment to Essential Energy’s network, service mains location, and the location of the metering / Master Switchboard (MSB) on the lot (mandatory for all new Strata and Community title developments, and Torrens title developments where there is an existing service main and MSB currently installed); and
    • Copy of easement documents executed by Essential Energy (if applicable)

    Please note: If your project is part of a contestable works project you will not be able to submit a NoA request until:

    • The Certificate of Practical Completion has been issued to the Level 1 ASP (this is issued after construction has been completed, inspections undertaken, and all defects rectified); and
    • If easements are required, all easement cases relating to the project are in a status of ‘Issued’ or ‘Completed’.

    Easements - If you have an easement case in Essential Connections, you must reference your Easement Case number in your NOA Application.

    Scenario

    What to do

    I am applying for a NoA where the development is part of a contestable works project and was processed via the contestable works email system.



    My Project number is a six-digit number – eg 123987.

    For example: The design phase of my project was not completed in Essential Connections.

    Please submit a CEOF6016a form via contestableworks@essentialenergy.com.au

    Please Ensure the Subject line of the email contains the Words “NOA Application for Project xxxxxx” where the six-digit project number is included.

    Please provide details about your project and all the relevant details in the latest CEOF6016a form downloaded from the document library. Attach the correct documents in the email.

    Our Support team will process the application and if details are missing you will be asked to resubmit more information.

    If the project is complete and we have all the correct information we will issue the NoA.

    I am applying for an NoA where there was upgrade or new network assets constructed.

    AND

    I have an ECN (Essential Connections Number) for the project

    AND

    I have a Connection Application Case number or Construction Case number.

    AND

    You are a registered user of the Essential Connections Portal

    You have 2 options:

    1. Submit via the 'Manage My Standard Connection Projects' menu item on the homepage and then selecting the ‘Request Notice of Arrangement’ icon– note, you will need your ECN number and the Application or Construction (case) number as part of this process.
    2. Your Level 1 ASP can request a NoA by clicking on the ‘Request Notice of Arrangement’ button within their construction case on the Essential Connections Portal.

    I am applying for a NoA where the project number starts with ‘ST’ and I don’t know what the ECN (Essential Connection Number) is.

    Step 1: Email contestableworks@essentialenergy.com.au and request your ECN and Connection Application case number related to the ST project.

    Please ensure the Subject line of the email contains the Words “Request for ECN and case numbers for STxxxxxxx”

    Step 2: Submit via the 'Manage My Standard Connection Projects' menu item on the homepage and then selecting the ‘Request Notice of Arrangement’ icon.

    Enter your ECN number and the Application or Construction (case) number to commence the process.

    I have a NoA request where the network does not need to be upgraded to meet the power needs of your subdivision.

    That is: no network change/addition is required - your NoA relates to a subdivision for residential or commercial where power is already available.

    You will need to submit a Connection Application: with the subcategory – “Subdivision – Residential and Commercial” via the Essential Connections portal making sure you select ‘Yes’ to the question ‘Requesting Notice of Arrangement’.

    Following submission of your application we will assess your request and provide a NoA if we are satisfied that your request qualifies.

    If we require further information from you as part of our assessment, we will advise you of what is required to progress.

    If your request doesn’t satisfy our NoA requirements, we will issue you with a Standard Connection Offer and you will need to engage the services of a Level 3 ASP as your next step will be to design the augmentation of our network.

    What do you need to do?

    Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.

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    Changes to CEOP2015 Contestable Works Guidelines

    What is Happening?

    A new version of CEOP2015 Contestable Works Guidelines Terms and Conditions for Contestable Works is available on the Document Library, this update aligns the document with the release of Basic Connections in the Essential Connections Portal and adjustments or amendments in response to ASP and internal stakeholder review and feedback.

    Continuous Improvement

    Again, we expect this version of CEOP2015 to have a reasonably short lifespan.


    Some of the very constructive recommendations received from ASP and internal reviewers were not able to be incorporated into this version. Therefore, a number of items have been logged for further investigation, and where appropriate, any agreed or approved revisions will be included in the next update.


    What do you need to do?

    Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

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    Suspension of Authorisation

    What is Happening?

    In the interest of maintaining a safe and compliant network, Essential Energy would like to formally notify Accredited Service Providers (ASP) our intention when addressing significant incidents or instances of non-compliance.

    Incidents that necessitate an investigation or implementation of disciplinary or corrective action, Essential Energy retains the authority to temporarily suspend the company’s authorisation.

    Essential Energy will initiate a prior notification and engage in discussions with the ASP before proceeding with the suspension. This allows for a constructive dialogue and an opportunity for the ASP to address any concerns raised during the investigation process.

    Upon issuing the suspension notice the ASP is expected to comply immediately upon receiving the notice of suspension and cease all work on or near Essential Energy's network until further notice. For Level 1 ASP they cannot engage the services of other level 1 ASPs or authorised person(s) to conduct contestable work.

    To seek reinstatement of their authorisation, the ASP can apply in writing once they have rectified the identified issues and fulfilled all requirements specified in Essential Energy's notice. This application should include supporting evidence demonstrating the resolution of the concerns that led to the suspension.

    Continued failure to comply with Essential Energy guidelines will result in an extended suspension and a formal request to the Department of Energy and Climate Change for an ASP regrade.


    Essential Energy is committed to fostering a collaborative relationship with its ASPs and endeavours to ensure that all work performed on or near its network adheres to the highest standards of safety and compliance. The suspension process is designed to promote accountability and encourage prompt corrective action to maintain a reliable and safe network.

    What do you need to do?

    Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au

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    Recording of Standard Connection (subdivision) MSO awareness session

    A recording of the information session on the new Model Standing Offer for Standard Connection (subdivision) is available for you to watch, please click here.

    If you have any questions around the offer, please contact aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Watch the recoding of the Model Standing Offer for Standard Connection (subdivision)
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    3. View the Model Standing Offer for Standard Connection (subdivision) on the Essential Energy website: Connection Offer and Contract
    4. View this communication via Essential Engagement.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

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    Sub-division model standing offer – opt-in session.

    At our recent forums we shared that we will be publishing a sub-division connection model standing offer, approved by the Australian Energy Regulator, on 1 July 2023.

    A Zoom session will be run on 27 June 2023 from 11.00am – 1.45pm for ASPs and Developers to familiarise our customers with the new Model Standing Offer and consider feedback regarding implementation.

    If you would like to attend this optional session, please click Register Here enter your details, and add the invite to your calendar.

    Prior to 1 July 2023 you can find a copy of the sub-division model standing offer on Essential Engagement.

    On 1 July 2023 you can find a copy in our website Connection offers and Contracts.

    Benefits of the new sub-division connection model standing offer.

    • Delivering time efficiencies and cost savings by reducing the requirement for a developer to negotiate their connection with Essential Energy
    • Providing developers with explicit, detailed information about the roles and responsibilities of all parties in the contestable connections process, including developers, Accredited Service Providers and Essential Energy
    • Supporting consistent and transparent application of network design and construction standards and Essential Energy’s CEOP2015 Terms and Conditions for Contestable Works
    • Providing a clear summary of the key steps and requirements for each phase of a standard connection project or undertaking
    • Incorporating a Deed Poll - Transfer of Gifted Assets that clearly outlines the terms of engagement between the developer and Essential Energy in electrical asset design, construction and gifting to become Essential Energy distribution network assets on completion of works.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Register your details to attend the information session.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    3. View this communication via Essential Engagement.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

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