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Interstate and New Zealand applicants

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
  • Contractor licence endorsed 'electrical wiring work (electrician)Note: This licence only provides an external equivalent to a work licence. It does not provide an external equivalent to a Queensland Electrical Contractor Licence
  • Qualified supervisor certificate - electrical wiring work (electrician)
Victoria
  • Electrician's licence
South Australia
  • Electrical workers registration - any electrical work
Tasmania
  • Electrical technician's licence
  • Electrician's licence
  • Electrical practitioner's licence
Western Australia
  • 'A' Grade electrical workers licence endorsed 'All electrical work'
  • 'A' Grade electrical workers licence endorsed 'electrical mechanic'
  • 'A' Grade electrical workers licence endorsed 'electrical fitter and mechanic'
  • Electrical workers' licence endorsed 'electrician'
  • Electrician's licence that is not endorsed 'electrical fitter'
Australian Capital Territory
  • Unrestricted electrician licence
Northern Territory
  • Electrical workers licence endorsed 'electrical mechanic'
  • Electrical workers licence endorsed 'electrical fitter and mechanic'
New Zealand
  • Practising licence for 'registered electrician'
Table 2 - Electrical fitter external licence equivalents
Western Australia
  • 'A' Grade electrical workers licence endorsed 'electrical fitter'
  • Electrician's licence endorsed 'electrical fitter'
Northern Territory
  • Electrical workers licence endorsed 'electrical fitter'

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

For more information:

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Call 1300 632 993

Email

lps@oir.qld.gov.au