The safety law in Australia is pretty black and white when it comes to only having licensed electricians and/or electrical contractors doing electrical work in your home. In the most basic terms, if a job goes much beyond changing a lightbulb, you will probably need to hire a licensed electrician. Unfortunately, there are many unlicensed people who offer a cheap price for electrical works which could potentially be dangerous and unsafe. Be wary of this online electrical scam!
If you’re searching for the best licensed electrician in the Brisbane area and surrounds (Alderley, Ashgrove, Bardon, Newmarket, Paddington, The Gap), look no further than Allyn White Electrical.
With household budgets squeezed at the moment, Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office (ESO) is reminding everyone not to take risky and illegal shortcuts with home electrical jobs.
ESO Head Donna Heelan said people may be tempted by quotes from cheaper, unlicensed operators to do their electrical work, but small cost savings aren’t worth risking people’s lives for.
“Online marketplaces such as AirTasker definitely make outsourcing everyday jobs easier,” Ms Heelan said.
“However, even when you use these handy services, you must remember one golden rule – electrical work can only be done in this state by someone with a valid Queensland electrical contractor’s licence.”
The ESO is giving the same warning to people who might be chasing electrical work to supplement their income. In other words, it’s illegal for someone aside from a licensed electrician in Brisbane like Allyn White Electrical to do any electrical work at your home.
Make Sure You Hire A Licensed Electrician
Authorities encourage consumers to ask every tradesperson who works on or around their home or business for a current licence.
WorkSafe Queensland has a license search function on their website which allows customers to check the licence of their electrician. This is necessary to ensure that you are not paying for online electrical scams in Brisbane.
A Queensland Electrical Licence will look like this (different categories – different coloured licences. More information on worksafe.qld.gov.au):
Ensure you check the expiry date of your electrician’s licence as well to make sure it’s current.
If an electrician, or any tradesperson for that matter, make excuses about why they can’t show you their licence, don’t use them. It’s not worth the risk.
Illegal Electrical Works In Queensland
Queensland can award penalties of up to $100,000 or two years imprisonment if illegal electrical work results in serious injury or death. The maximum penalty for multiple deaths is $200,000 or three years of imprisonment.
And what would they consider illegal for a DIYer to do? All of the following:
• installing a new powerpoint
• replacing a light switch
• replacing a batten holder with a new light fitting
• repairing an appliance such as a heater
• altering the location of an existing powerpoint
• replacing a light fitting with a ceiling fan
• constructing an extension lead
• replacing a plug on the end of a lead
Earlier last year, a Queensland concreting business and its sole director were fined $42,500 for unsafe and unlicensed electrical practices.
In a separate matter, an individual was charged with nine offences relating to unlicensed electrical work and unlicensed electrical contracting and was fined $100,000.
Those caught doing electrical work without a licence in Queensland will always face on the spot fines and possible prosecution.
Saving a couple of dollars now may seem like a great idea, but it could really cost you down the line. Better then to play it safe and when in doubt, find a licensed tradie in Brisbane like Allyn White Electrical.
Hire a Licensed Electrician in Brisbane
For a free quote by a licenced electrician call 0416 235 641 or simply complete the online enquiry form and we will call and arrange to quote your switchboard and electrical requirements. Our charge out rate remains the same during the week, weekends and after hours, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!
sources: worksafe.qld.gov.au, fallonsolutions.com.au, statements.qld.gov.au, blog.tradeplatform.com.au