Electrical contractor's licence - Queensland

Service summary

An electrical contractor licence is required if a person conducts a business or undertaking that includes the performance of electrical work.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms

Electrical equipment

any apparatus, appliance, cable, conductor, fitting, insulator, material, meter or wire

  1. used for controlling, generating, supplying, transforming or transmitting electricity at a voltage greater than extra low voltage; or
  2. operated by electricity at a voltage greater than extra low voltage; or
  3. that is, or that forms part of, a cathodic protection system.
Electrical work

the manufacturing, constructing, installing, testing, maintaining, repairing, altering, removing, or replacing of electrical equipment. Examples of electrical work: installing low voltage electrical wiring in a building; installing electrical equipment into an installation coupler or interconnecter; replacing a low voltage electrical component of a washing machine; maintaining an electricity entity''s overhead distribution system.

Qualified business person

for an individual, partnership or corporation, is an individual who satisfies the chief executive that he or she

  1. is a fit and proper person; and
  2. is competent to perform the business aspects of performing electrical work as, or for, a licensed electrical contractor; and
  3. either
    1. has satisfactorily finished a course of instruction, or an examination required by the chief executive, on business aspects of performing electrical work; or
    2. has been operating a business for the last 5 years.
Qualified technical person

for an individual, partnership or corporation, is an individual who satisfies the chief executive that he or she

  1. is a fit and proper person; and
  2. either
    1. if the electrical work to be performed by the licensed electrical contractor may be performed only by the holder of an electrical licence, has held for at least a year, or a shorter period considered acceptable by the chief executive, and still holds, an electrical work licence; or
    2. has held for at least a year, or a shorter period considered acceptable by the chief executive, and still holds, an external contracting authority; and
  3. is competent to perform electrical work as, or for, a licensed electrical contractor; and
  4. has satisfactorily finished a course of instruction, or an examination required by the chief executive, on technical aspects of performing electrical work.
Requirement for electrical contractor licence

as specified in Section 56 of the Electrical Safety Act.

Requirement for electrical work licence

as specified in Section 55 of the Electrical Safety Act.

Eligibility requirements


Eligibility requirements for electrical contractor licence -

An individual, partnership or corporation must:

  • have at least one qualified technical person
  • have at least one qualified business person (The technical/business person can be the one person)
  • satisfy the financial and insurance requirements
  • satisfy the Department's Chief Executive that the electrical work will be performed, or supervised by a qualified technical person under the persons electrical work licence.

Insurance requirements:

An applicant must provide the Departments chief executive evidence of public liability insurance for at least $5 million under a contract of insurance approved by the chief executive.

To satisfy this requirement, you need to obtain a certificate of currency or an alternative form of evidence from an Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) authorised insurer/s that confirms you have a policy with broadform public and products liability with a limit of indemnity of $5,000,000 (minimum). This policy must include cover for testing and certification of work and liability for goods in your care, custody or control arising from:

  • resultant injury, loss or damage arising from a faulty design where you design and install; and
  • resultant injury, loss or damage arising from incorrect advice where you give advice
  • consumer protection liability for $50,000; and
  • nominate that the insurance is provided for the purpose of meeting the insurance requirements for an electrical contractor licence under the Electrical Safety Regulation 2002.

A copy of the Certificate of Currency can be certified by a Justice of the Peace (qualified) or a Commissioner of Declarations, or verifies by an authorised officer using the Department's Document Declaration form.

Transferability

This licence cannot be transferred.

Duration

The licence may be issued for a maximum of 1 year, with a renewal notice sent prior to the expiry of the electrical contractor licence.

Other resources

Application

You can obtain this licence by completing and submitting the appropriate application form, certified documents and scheduled fee to Electrical Licensing.

There is provision under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 that a holder of a current interstate Electrical Contractors Licence may satisfy the eligibility requirements for the qualified technical person/qualified business person for a Queensland Electrical Contractor Licence. Please contact the agency to verify eligibility.

 


Administering agency

Electrical Safety Office
Electrical Equipment Safety and Licensing

Act(s) name

Electrical Safety Act 2002 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 (Queensland)

Contact details

Electrical Safety Office
Electrical Equipment Safety and Licensing


Phone:

1300 362 128
equipmentsafety@justice.qld.gov.au

Supporting information

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