Use a licensed electrical contractor
Having electrical work done?
Make sure you use a licensed electrical contractor whenever you have electrical work done.
Don't D-I-Y (do it yourself) electrical work
Doing your own electrical work or employing an unlicensed person to do it for you, is very dangerous. You and your family risk electrocution or fire.
Licensed electrical contractors have been expertly trained and will guarantee the quality of their work. It is also illegal for an unlicensed person to carry out electrical work, including modifications to fixed wiring.
Check if your electrical contractor is licensed using our online licence search below. An electrical contractor's licence can be identified by the prefix 'EC' at the start of the licence number. An electrician's licence number will begin with 'EW'.
Need to check if your electrical contractor is licensed?
Use our online search facility.
Electrical safety certificate
When you have any electrical work done (excluding maintenance work and like for like replacement of electrical equipment), your electrical contractor must give you an electrical safety certificate within 28 days.
This certificate is your guarantee that the work has been carried out by a licensed electrical contractor, is safe and complies with safety standards. It is required to be issued for all types of electrical installing work (other than repairs) completed on residential, commercial, industrial and institutional premises.
Whether you are building a new home or having one or two lights or power points installed, make sure that you receive an electrical safety certificate. Keep the certificate in a safe place for future reference.
If you do not receive a certificate, contact your electrical contractor. If it is not provided immediately, contact your local network operator which in most cases will be Western Power or Horizon Power. The network operator will investigate. Failure to receive a certificate could mean the work is not safe or the person who carried it out is not licensed.
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