The Green Book

The Green Book describes the Electrical Safety Rules for Victorian Distribution Networks and incorporates relevant Distribution related principles from the Blue Book.

The Blue Book is published by the Electrical Safety Committee (ESC) as a Code of Practice on electrical safety for work on or near HV electrical apparatus (the Blue Book). The Blue Book applies to all persons working on, near or in the vicinity of HV apparatus that is capable of being energised, (including transmission and HV customers).

The Distribution Network Operators have different requirements to those companies and the Green Book describes how we meet those requirements whilst demonstrating compliance to the Blue Book.

Individuals and companies wishing to purchase Green Books should in the first instance contact the network operator that they perform the majority of their work with.


The Green Book provides practical guidance in maintaining safe systems of work in relation to the control of risks associated with work on, near or in the vicinity of ‘VESI’ Electrical Apparatus.

These Rules apply to

  • all employees, contractors and sub-contractors of the Distribution Networks, working on, near or in the vicinity of electrical apparatus controlled by the Distribution Networks.
  • electrical apparatus that is not electrically connected and where the required level of isolation cannot be confirmed prior to work commencing, for example on abandoned underground cables.
  • These Rules set a minimum standard and may be enhanced by organisational procedures which may utilise other industry standards.

In order to comply with these Rules, a Distribution Network shall either:

  • (a) Apply the requirements contained within these Rules; or
  • (b) Vary the requirements by:

Ensuring any variations are endorsed by a responsible officer, that the Green Book Committee is informed and that Energy Safe Victoria is advised of the outcomes and reasons for variation(s) prior to implementing the variation(s).

The Green Book incorporates the principles of the 'Code of Practice of Electrical Safety' for Work on or near High Voltage Electrical Apparatus (The Blue Book) – Victoria'

Committee Members

Membership of the Green Book Committee is made up of the following VESI employees:

Network Operator Representative
Ausnet ServicesDavid HardenIan GlasscockNita de Jager (secretary)
CitiPower/PowercorJohn PapamichaelLuke Farrugia (Chair)Andrew LinnieBrendan Walker
JemenaMark GardinerLeonie Terhorst
United EnergyAdam BeelAlex McRobert

About the Green Book

The Green Book Committee, established by the Victorian Distribution Businesses is convened with the objective to develop, review and monitor the application of the Electricity Safety Rules for the VESI Distribution Networks (The Green Book) in the Victorian Electricity Supply Industry (VESI).

Blue Book

The Blue Book can be viewed on the ESV website by clicking here

Green book communication & the VESI logo

The term "VESI" and the VESI logo are trademarked by the VESI member companies. Where you see the VESI logo on a publication or when it used by a committee or working group, that is an indication that the process is supported by the 5 distribution networks in Victoria.

Using the VESI logo

Permission for the use of the VESI logo would normally be sought by an industry committee. A representative from that committee should formally request permission for use of the Logo by writing to the Convenor of the VCC (Adam Beel, Work Practices Manager at United Energy).

Reasons for use of the logo should be clearly stated and a copy of the document proposed to contain the logo must accompany the request.

The request will be tabled at the next VCC meeting for consideration (or consensus/agreement reached via email or teleconference).

Green Book downloads

The Green Book was substantially updated in 2013. The changes that were implemented in that update are explained in greater detail in the PowerPoint slides that can be found at the following links. These slides are freely available for use by training organisations and employers to assist them in implementing the Green Book into their organisational procedures.

Full Green Book - 340kB

A map between the 2006 and 2013 Green Books