It has recently come to our attention, and expressively concerned us, that there are a number of local electricians completing contracting work without a Queensland Electrical Contractor’s Licence! This is highly illegal and poses serious risks to both the consumer and the person undertaking the work.
In the event of a breach that causes death or grievous bodily harm, those responsible can expect penalties of up to a $100,000 fine or up to 3 years’ imprisonment.
Licensed Electrical Contractors are required to meet specific insurance requirements in order to obtain and uphold their Contractor’s Licence. A minimum of $5,000,000 public liability insurance, with a $50,000 consumer protection component, is required to hold an Electrical Contractors Licence in Queensland.
Unlicensed electrical work is not covered by insurance if an electrical fault is to arise as a result of the work – leaving property owners and occupants uninsured in the unfortunate event that a fault/issue should occur. You need to ask yourself: “Is it worth the risk?”.
The next time you require electrical work to be completed at your property – whether it is replacing a power point, or undertaking a large renovation – be sure to complete a database search at https://fswqap.worksafe.qld.gov.au/elis/. If the Electrician does not appear on the database call 1300 362 320 and request a copy of their Electrical Contractors Licence.
For more information and handy tips be sure to visit www.cutulielectrical.com.au