Electrical contractor licence - Queensland


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

Service type


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

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 same person)
  • satisfy the financial and insurance requirements
  • satisfy the Electrical Licensing Regulator 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  evidence of public liability insurance for at least $5 million under a contract of insurance approved by the Electrical Licensing Regulator.

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 2013.

A copy of the Certificate of Currency can be certified by a Justice of the Peace (qualified) or a Commissioner of Declarations (CDec).


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.

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Application process

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

There is provision under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 that a holder of a current interstate electrical contractor licence as an individual (sole trader) may satisfy the eligibility requirements for the qualified technical person/qualified business person for a Queensland electrical contractor licence. Please contact the Electrical Safety Office to verify eligibility.


This licence cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Office of Industrial Relations

Electrical Safety Office

Contact details

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Electrical Safety Office

Office of Industrial Relations

Mailing address: Electrical Licence Processing Services
PO BOX 820
Lutwyche, Queensland 4030
Phone: 1300 362 128
Email: LPS@oir.qld.gov.au
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