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Disciplinary action against electrical licence holders

As an electrical worker or electrical contractor you can face disciplinary action by the Electrical Licensing Committee.

Examples of when you could face disciplinary action can include, if you:

  • perform unsafe, negligent or incompetent electrical work
  • supply incorrect or misleading information to obtain an electrical licence
  • no longer comply with the eligibility requirements for the licence
  • commit an offence under the Electrical Safety Act 2002.

The Electrical Licensing Committee may take a range of disciplinary action including:

  • cancelling or amending your licence
  • suspending your licence
  • putting conditions on your licence
  • imposing fines
  • ordering you to correct faults or defects.

Case studies of actual disciplinary actions taken by the Electrical Licensing  Committee are available.

Important information for electrical contractors

Each electrical contractor licence must have at least one qualified technical person and one qualified business person. A qualified person must either be an employee of the electrical contractor, a member of the partnership, or an executive officer of the corporation. Only people in these positions can be a qualified business person or a qualified technical person.

An electrical contractor licence will be cancelled if there is no qualified business and/or technical person attached to the licence for a period of one month.

Your qualified technical person's electrical work licence must be current. You cannot perform electrical work if your qualified technical person's licence expires and you have no other nominated qualified technical person on your licence .

You must update your licence if the qualified technical person or qualified business person on your license has changed.

Appealing a licensing decision

You are allowed to seek a review of the decision or appeal if you are refused an electrical licence or have conditions or restrictions are placed on your licence.

Disciplinary action case studies

Case studies of actual disciplinary actions taken by the Electrical Licensing Committee.

External licence holder disciplinary action notices

If the Electrical Licensing Committee decides to take disciplinary action against a holder of an external licence, notice of the committee’s decision must be published in the Queensland Government Gazette.

Last updated
13 September 2019

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