If you hold one of the licences listed Tables 1 or 2 below, you can work within the scope of that licence in Queensland without having to apply for a Queensland electrical work licence.
If you do not hold one of these licences or still wish to apply for a Queensland work licence, you will need to apply for a licence under mutual recognition of your Interstate or New Zealand licence. To apply for an electrical work licence under mutual recognition go to: Interstate and New Zealand work licence holders
Please note: Other than the licences listed below, not all Interstate or New Zealand licences are recognised under mutual recognition as there may not be an equivalent Queensland licence class. However, the licence and training undertaken to obtain that licence may still demonstrate eligibility for a Queensland licence outcome (e.g. a restricted electrical work licence for a specific type of electrical equipment).
|Table 1 - Electrical mechanic, Electrical fitter/mechanic external licence equivalents|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|
|Table 2 - Electrical fitter external licence equivalents|
Contracting for electrical work in Queensland
In Queensland, you must hold an electrical contractor licence if you are performing electrical work for others as a business. You cannot operate in Queensland under an interstate electrical contractor licence. You must apply for a Queensland electrical contractor licence. However, if you hold an interstate electrical contractor licence in your name (sole trader) you can apply under mutual recognition.
Please note that for Queensland electrical contractor licences it is a requirement for the qualified technical person (QTP) for the licence to hold a Queensland electrical work licence regardless of external licence equivalents.
For more information about applying for an electrical contractor licence go to: Electrical contractor licences