There’s a certain amount of satisfaction to be got from turning around and admiring a job well done especially if you’ve done it yourself. Not only is DIY personally rewarding it can also save you a great deal of money in labour charges etc. Needless to say there are many classes that teach all manner of DIY ranging from painting and decorating, through to woodwork, upholstery and garden maintenance. However there’s one type of DIY that you won’t find any classes on, particularly in the realms of adult education, and that’s electrical wiring and repair work.
Because it’s illegal in Queensland for anyone other than fully licensed electrical contractors to carry out work on your premises. This isn’t just a way to get more work for those who are fully licensed, although it is much appreciated. Instead the reason is simple… it’s just plain dangerous. Did you know that electrical faults are one of the major causes of household fires in Australia and 15 Australians are killed and 300 hospitalised each and every year? Just to prove how serious the government is about carrying out illegal electrical work, if caught, you can be fined up to $40,000 AUD. That’s enough to put anyone off DIY for life! Worse still if illegal work is carried out and it results in severe injury or death then it could be up to three years in prison.
So what does the law actually state?
If you’re searching through regulatory websites to get a legal answer to a specific electrical question about what you can and can’t do, then finding the relevant specific details can be nigh on impossible. In addition, calling to get clarity on the relevant consumer hotline can more often than not land you straight back at the website where you started from. That said, what is clear is that an electrical license is needed before any electrical work can be carried out. This is regardless of whether the work is residential, commercial or industrial and is irrespective of cost.
The term ‘electrical work’ covers installing, constructing, testing, manufacturing, altering, removing, replacing and repairing any form of electrical equipment.
In essence, that pretty much leaves you with changing a light bulb!
If you’ve got an electrical problem or simply need an electrician for a new light fitting, ceiling fan, or rewiring project, then give Static Electrics a call. We use highly experienced technicians who have the skills to take on any job no matter how big or small. Contact us today on 0429 139 039 and put us to the test.