Did you know that it’s against the law to carry out electrical work if you are unlicensed? That means that having a go at installing an appliance or doing some wiring is a no no. It doesn’t matter if you’re a handy DIYer and know your way around a fuse box – is putting your life and the lives of your loved ones at risk for the sake of saving a few quid? Moreover, you could jeopardise your house insurance.
Penalties for DIY electrical work
DIY electrical work is unlicensed electrical work, which is illegal, and has penalties of up to $40,000 for individuals.
Work by an unlicensed person that exposes anyone to a risk of death or serious injury or illness can have a maximum penalty of $600,000 for an individual ($3,000,000 for a corporation) or five years’ imprisonment.
Hiring an electrical contractor
In Queensland, all electricians must have an electrical work licence permitting them to carry out work. What’s more, the law requires that licensed electrical workers must ensure that they perform electrical work in accordance with legislation, codes of practice as well as technical standards.
As well as individual licences for electrical work, electrical contracting businesses must also have an electrical contractor licence. In addition, electrical contractors must have a minimum of $5 million public liability insurance, with a $50,000 consumer protection component.
What to look for
Always look for the electrician’s electrical contractor licence number and confirm that they have a current licence before getting them to do any work for you. At Always Prompt Repairs, our licences are up to date! In addition, we’ll provide you with a certificate for all work completed as required by law such as:
‘certificate of testing and safety’ for work on electrical equipment
‘certificate of testing and compliance’ for electrical installation work.