powering-australia19Within the state of Queensland, general electricians must meet specific requirements as laid out by the state’s regulating body, Electrical Safety Office Department of Justice and Attorney General.

The following guidelines and requirements are necessary to become licensed within the state, and apply to those already licensed and wishing to renew.

Who can apply to be licensed?

Within Queensland, there are different requirements for applications dependent upon whether the individual is a newly graduated apprentice or a working electrician wishing to be a contractor.

For newly graduated apprentices, the following requirements must be met to obtain licensing:

  • One must include a license number if he or she has previously held a Queensland electrical work licence.
  • One must include the registration number provided by his or her supervising registered training organisation.
  • Proof of identity if the individual has never been licensed in Queensland. The application form has details of the documents required which must be verified by a Justice of the Peace or an approved authorised officer.
  • Proof of current resuscitation skills such as a current statement of attainment or certificate of competency.
  • Electrical linesperson must give proof of competence in resuscitation and rescue at a pole-top or transmission tower such as a current statement of attainment or certificate of competency.
  • If the apprenticeship was completed in the last five years, the applicant should check that the supervising registered training organisation has forwarded the completion statement to the Department of Justice and Attorney-General before submitting an application.
  • One must pay any applicable fee as listed on the application form.

For electrical contractors, the following requirements must be met at the time of application:powering-australia26

  • Documentary proof of insurance – To meet this requirement you need a certificate of currency from your insurer that confirms you have a policy with broad form public and products liability with a limit of indemnity of at least $5,000,000 and Consumer protection insurance of at least $50,000. Covering liability arising from testing and certification of work in accordance with the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013, and injury or damage arising from faulty design work performed by contractor including where the contractor did not charge a specific fee for such design work, and injury or damage arising from incorrect advice including where the contractor did not charge a specific fee for such advice, and goods in the contractor’s care, custody or control.
  • Provide the necessary proof of identity
  • Have documentary proof of applicable training completed
  • One must pay any applicable fee as listed on the application form.

For both contractors and new graduated apprentices, the licensing fee is $70.70.

Available Licenses 

Also unique to Queensland, licenses are issued for the following types of general electrician work:

  • Electrical mechanic license – open electrician license for individuals
  • Electrical linesperson license – allows individuals to perform electrical line work
  • Electrical fitter license – allows individuals to perform electrical equipment work
  • Electrical jointer license – for individuals performing limited specialist installing, jointing and terminating cables
  • Restricted electrical work license – limits individuals to specific electrical work associated with another trade
  • Electrical work training permit – for use with individuals in apprenticeship or training programs

powering-austrlia80Each license is in force for a maximum of five years, and varies in terms of fees for application and renewal.

General electricians working in Brisbane can contact the Electrical Safety Office Department of Justice and Attorney General for additional information:

Electrical Safety Office Department of Justice and Attorney General

PO Box 820

Lutwyche QLD 4030

Telephone: 1300 362 320

www.electricalsafety.qld.gov.au

Queensland has mutual recognition, meaning that an individual holding a license in another state or territory of Australian or New Zealand can apply for a comparable license in Queensland.

All requirements laid out by the Electrical Safety Office Department of Justice and Attorney General must be met on an equivalent basis, however.

Wage Information

Within the state of Queensland, general electricians must meet the same requirements as laid out in the training section.

The electrician trade differs, however, in this region as it relates to wages.

On average, general electricians made $63,000 per annum, a two percent increase over national average earnings.

Responsibilities

As a licensed electrician in Queensland, individuals and companies have a specific set of responsibilities, including having a full understanding of current legislation.

Additionally, licensed electricians must be aware of up to date regulations directly related to the trade. These may include:

  • Part 3 of the Electricity Safety Act 1998
  • Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009powering-australia27

Finally, licensed electricians must ensure the work they complete is in accordance with the Australian New Zealand Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000).

Testing must be completed in accordance with legislation, regulation and current Wiring Rules, with verification through a relevant certificate of compliance.

Top Electrician Companies in Brisbane

There are a number of electrician companies operated within the limits of Brisbane, most offering a wide range of services to individuals and companies alike.

Based on consumer reviews, the top four companies are as follows:

1)    Osprey Electrical – As a one-man shop, Osprey Electrical has built a name for itself with quality service and affordable pricing in Brisbane.

Customers can contact the company for qualified electrician work, including:

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  • Security lighting
  • Ceiling and exhaust fans
  • Smoke alarm installation
  • Hot water repairs
  • Safety switch installation and maintenance
  • Emergency and exit lighting
  • Shop and office lighting
  • Testing and tagging
  • Emergency breakdown service
  • Fibre optics installation
  • Structure cabling and wiring

Website: www.ospreyelectrical.com.au

Telephone: 0427 012 155

E-mail: matt@ospreyelectrical.com.au

2)    P3 Solutions – As a multi-trade organisation, P3 Solutions offers a myriad of residential and commercial building solutions for its customers.

Specific to electrical work, the following services are offered:

  • powering-australia28New circuit installation and maintenance
  • Energy efficient upgrades
  • Switch installation and repair
  • Thermal testing
  • Power quality testing and monitoring
  • Emergency lighting installation
  • Power generation services
  • Testing and tagging

Website: www.p3solutions.com.au

Telephone: 07 3269 3568

E-mail: teamp2@p3solutions.com.au

3)    Assured Services Electrical – Working in both the residential and commercial space, Assured Services Electrical offers its customers in Brisbane a wide range of services, including

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  • LED and energy efficient lighting installation
  • Hot water systems
  • Switchboard upgrades and maintenance
  • New house and extension services
  • General electrical repair
  • Testing and tagging
  • Antenna and Aerial installations
  • Connection and disconnection
  • Smoke alarm installation
  • Bathroom heating and exhaust fan installation

Website: www.asuredelectrical.com.au

Telephone: 0434 781 738

4)    Mr. Electric – As one of the most well known electrical companies operating in Brisbane, Mr. Electric holds a high reputation for quality electrical services.

Serving residential, commercial and industrial customers, the company offers the following services:

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  • Spa, pool and sauna hot water system repairs
  • Internal and external light installation
  • Security lighting
  • Smoke detector installation and maintenance
  • Emergency and exit lighting and signage
  • Data and communication issues
  • Emergency breakdown services
  • Safety switch installation
  • Home electrical safety checks
  • Power supply and fuse box upgrades

Website: www.mrelectric.com.au

Telephone: 1300 673 532

E-mail: info@mrelectric.com.au