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Amendments to the Electrical Safety Act 2002

Licence holders please be aware there have been two important amendments to the Electrical Safety Act 2002 recently.

Under section 64C of the Act, the Electrical Licensing Committee may now direct an electrical work licence holder to undertake a competency reassessment where there are reasonable grounds to believe the licence holder may not be competent.

Under section 121AA of the Act, a person’s electrical work licence may be immediately suspended if the regulator forms a reasonable belief that:

  • the person may be responsible for electrical work which has caused a death or grievous bodily harm, or;
  • has otherwise carried out electrical work that poses an imminent serious risk to the health or safety of any person.

In these circumstances, the regulator will then refer the person to the Electrical Licensing Committee for a disciplinary hearing.

These amendments directly target unsafe electrical work and unsafe electrical work practices and are in addition to existing penalties and disciplinary actions available under the ES Act.

Update your details

Licence holders are also reminded to update your details with us. As well as being a requirement under section 60 of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013, keeping your contact details current ensures you receive your renewal letter.

We send renewal letters to electrical workers and contractors approximately six weeks before expiry. The letter provides important information needed to renew your licence (licence number, serial number and customer reference number).

You can update your details by contacting us on 1300 362 128 or visiting our website and following the instructions.

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Last updated
12 October 2017

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