FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why did industry implement the Passport?

The Passport has been introduced to support workforce portability and provide evidence of a person’s currency of refresher training and authorisations.  The Passport has also encouraged standardisation of training in the ESI.  It is important to note that a Passport is not a substitute for normal training records management procedures.

When was the Passport implemented?

The Passport was launched in September 2010.

Who will require a Passport?

Passports will be issued to ESI workers who:

Hold a written authority issued by a network operator to acces the network or are required by a network operator to undertake tasks requiring training that is specified in the Passport. This requirement applies to employees of Network Operators, Contractors and Subcontractors. 

NOTE: It is not a mandatory requirement to issue Passports to one off short term workers performing work either under the supervision of Authorised workers, or on greenfield sites.

Will I be able to access a network without a Passport?

Network operators are implementing governance processes that phase in the need to have passports. In Victoria and Tasmania, it is prohibited to access an electricity distribution network without holding an ESI Skills Passport.

Why do you need my information in a database?

There are over 40,000 people working in the supply industry in Australia. Administration of such a large volume of Passports requires a single point of data. The database records your name, gender, D.O.B. employer and functional role i.e. cable jointer.

How do I know the privacy of the information will be maintained?

Administration of the database will be in accordance with privacy legislation and will be overseen by the national Passport Steering Committee, (PSC) which will be made up of all industry stakeholders, including the ETU and the Industry Skills Council (EE-Oz).

Will a Passport give me automatic access to any network in Australia?

No. Normal induction processes and any training required by the host network operator will always apply. However, ultimately the majority of content in the Passport will be recognised which may shorten these requirements