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In 2006 the Energy Networks Association (ENA) published the Network Passport Guideline. This document was the catalyst to create a National Skills Passport in the Australia Electricity Supply Industry (ESI). The objectives of that Guideline included encouraging nationally consistent practices in training standards for safe work on electricity networks. 

These objectives led industry associations in 2008 to commence the development of an Australian ESI Skills Passport, (the Passport) and common refresher training.

The Passport was developed in a collaborative approach by the key industry stakeholders:

  • The Energy Networks Association (ENA)
  • The Industry Skills Council (EE-Oz)
  • The Electrical Trades Union (CEPU)

Why implement the Passport? 

To encourage:

  • Nationally consistent practices
  • A drive to common training standards not covered by Training Packages
  • Individual ownership of refresher training currency

And to develop a system that:

  • Supports COAG objectives
  • Assists mutual aid requests
  • Provides portable evidence of the currency of refresher training and network authorisations
  • Supports in-field auditing of work parties

What have been the project outcomes?

The project has involved the development of :

  • A national Passport
  • Passport content
  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Rules for the administration of the Passport
  • A national database
  • A national website
  • A management committee of industry representatives

The Passport today

The framework of the Passport project is now complete and was formally launched on October 13 2010, by the Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP at the EE-Oz 2010 annual general conference on the Gold Coast.  A copy of Mr Ferguson’s speech can be found here

As at March 31 2013, over 32,200 Passports have been issued in the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI).

The ongoing management of the Passport is undertaken by PSC. The workings of the committee are governed by a charter which can be found at the link to the right.