Unlicensed Electrical Work is Illegal and the Fines are High
Under section 18 of the Electrical Safety Act 2002 it is illegal to carry out unlicensed electrical work. But what does the Act define as ‘electrical work’?
Under the Act it considers electrical work to be “the manufacturing, constructing, installing, testing, maintaining, repairing, altering, removing, or replacing of electrical equipment.” Some examples of electrical work include replacing a light switch, changing the location of an existing power point, installing a ceiling fan, and constructing an extension lead.
If you perform any of these and other tasks – for yourself or anyone else – without a license you could be forced to pay up to $40,000 in fines. More severe penalties apply for unlicensed electrical work done by a corporation.
Issues of unlicensed electrical work are routinely investigated by Electrical Safety Inspectors.