When & Why Do You Need an Electrical Safety Certificate?

Electrical work is one of those jobs that require you to hire a professional licensed electrician— seriously it’s Australian law! So just how do you go about choosing the right electrician? It’s an easy process that involves checking qualifications, getting multiple quotes and reading past customer recommendations.
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In Australia, all electrical work must meet high safety regulations. This article explains everything you need to know about an electrical safety certificate.

Working with electricity is considered as dangerous, as we all know. Electrical injuries claim the lives of 20 Australians each year.

Rather than risking your life by messing with electricity, you should always seek a professional  licensed electrical contractor (electrician). However, how can you tell if an electrician is qualified for the job? And how can you know whether they have completed the job in a safe manner?

Everything boils down to a single document: an electrical compliance certificate, also known as an electrical safety certificate.

So, what’s the big deal? Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about electrical safety certificates.

What Is an Electrical Safety Certificate?

An electrical safety certificate, also known as an electricity certificate of compliance certifies that the work conforms with Australian safety regulations. The safety certificate can only be issued by authorised electrical contractors. This ensures that the hired electrician is a professional and not a rogue trader when you receive it.

It is required by law to have one. After finishing a task, all electricians in Australia must provide you with an electrical compliance certificate. *Adhering to safety requirements is crucial as they could be fined $550,000 if they don’t comply: Electricity safety act 1998. 

What Is Involved in a Safety Certificate?

  • Check the following items on the safety certificate:
  • Number and barcode on the certificate
  • Name and address of the customer
  • The work’s start date
  • Work details and tests
  • An electrical contractor’s licence number
  • An electrician’s signature

The state has stopped issuing paper certificates as of 2019. This indicates that the safety certificate will be issued electronically. If you’d like more information, check the QLD Electrical Safety Office website. (Australian Standards. Electricity Safety Installations Regulations. Electrical Installations.)

When Is a Safety Certificate Required?

When is a safety certificate required? It’s required whenever a licenced electrician works on your home’s electrical system. If the electrical work is for commercial or industrial purposes, this rule also applies.

You’ll need an electrical safety certificate whether you’re installing a new air conditioner or a power outlet. Because any malfunctioning electrical equipment in your home could generate a spark that causes a fire. To verify that your electrics are safe and sound, you’ll need a warranty.

What if you don’t have a current electrical safety certificate?

Before any work begins, enquire about the certificate with your electrician. Don’t hire them if they refuse to provide you one. Even if they promise to do the task for less money, it’s not worth the risk.

But what if you’ve previously had electrical work done but haven’t received a certificate? Request the certificate from your electrician once more. After all, it could just be an honest blunder on their part.

Find a licenced electrician to inspect the job if they don’t supply you with an electrical certificate. This will provide you the assurance that your electrics are in good working order.

Don’t take chances with your safety.

Yes, if someone performs electrical work in your home, make sure you get a certificate of electrical safety. Don’t take chances with your safety. If you do, you’re toying with your own and your family’s lives.

electrical safety certificate code fail
Sample of Electrical Work NOT to code and would not pass an Electrical Safety Certificate Check

If you’re in the Hervey Bay or Maryborough areas, check out our list of Featured registered electrical contractors that meet all electrical safety test requirements and certificate of safety codes.

You may like to read the Electricity in the Home Brochure issued by QLD govt or contact one of our Recommended Electrical Contractors here in Hervey Bay and/or Maryborough. You’re in good hands.

Recommended Maryborough & Hervey Bay Electricians

There are plenty of reputable electrical contractors throughout the Hervey Bay and Maryborough regions— these three Hervey Bay electricians are our Promoted Listings for this month on Hervey Bay Real Estate Guide. Be sure to visit their listing pages to read and/or leave a review, check out any discounts or bonus offers each local Hervey Bay electrician may currently have available.

If you’d prefer take a look at all of our current Trades Listings: Please go to Electricians Listings

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