Many people take electricity for granted – it’s just ‘there’ ready to charge up our phones, cook our dinners, dry our clothes and keep our food cool. But let’s not beat around the bush here, while a temporary power outage is a nuisance, electricity in general is dangerous.
Never tackle electrical jobs yourself. Get a licensed electrician to do the work. Be compliant and be safe.
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.
A breach that exposes an individual to a risk of death or serious injury or illness can attract 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.
What we do
Electrical Breakdowns and Repairs as well as…
Switchboards and solar-ready upgrades
Additional Power points (including USB)
Home Efficiency (including energy audits). As well as that, we’re certified Installers for Carbon Track Intelligent Home Energy Management www.carbontrack.com.au
Home Automation (that is to say Smart and energy efficient). So get your home working for you, with Google Home and Carbon Track www.carbontrack.com.au
Electrical Safety Inspections (for example, pre-purchase or new homes)
New House Services (wiring from start to finish)
Swimming Pool and Garden (that is, we wire, repair or replace pool pumps, pool filtration, pool chlorination, pool heating and pool lights)
Test and Tag equipment
Phone and Data Cabling (we install IP phones, data cabling and networking)
TV Outlets and Antennas (for example, we install and move your existing TV aerial or add additional outlets)