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What can happen if I do my own electrical work?
Aside from being illegal, unlicensed and DIY electrical work is dangerous for whoever does the work as well as for the users or anyone else who subsequently comes into contact with the unsafe electrical installation or equipment.
In Queensland, Electrical Safety Inspectors investigate issues of unlicensed work.
People who perform unlicensed and DIY electrical work potentially risk contact with electricity while performing the work, which can have deadly consequences. Additionally, the electrical installation or equipment affected may be unwittingly left in an unsafe state. Due to the latent nature of some electrical faults, this danger may not be immediately apparent. The danger often only becomes evident in a fault situation, or may even develop over time.
Major property damage from an electrical fire is also a real risk which can impose considerable financial, emotional and social costs, especially if it was the result of illegal electrical work, which may lead to an insurer refusing a claim.
What are the penalties?
Apart from injury or death, DIY electrical work is regarded as unlicensed electrical work, which is illegal, and has penalties of up to $40,000 for individuals.
A breach that causes a death or grievous bodily harm attracts a maximum penalty of $100,000 for an individual ($500,000 for a corporation) or two years imprisonment. If a breach causes multiple deaths, the maximum penalty is $200,000 for an individual ($1,000,000 for a corporation) or three years imprisonment.
A person who performs electrical work in Queensland must have an electrical work licence authorising the work.