Electricity distributors in Victoria are likely to be allowed to continue using an existing accreditation scheme for civil contractors performing underground work on electrical infrastructure for the next 10 years after the national competition regulator said the scheme helped to reduce costs and improve safety.

In a new announcement, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it had issued a draft determination proposing to grant permission for the state’s five electricity distributors – Powercor, CityPower, Jemena, SPI Electricity and United Energy Distribution – to continue to use an industry-wide civil contractor scheme for an extra…