SMS Electrical Industries

It’s just not worth the risk.

While you may think you can ‘save’ a couple of dollars by ‘having a go’…

Stop – and ask yourself – is it worth risking your life or that of a loved one?

Not only is it breaking the law, but you could also be jeopardising your insurance!

Even when you think you know what you are doing, never attempt to do your own electrical work – it’s dangerous, illegal and can be fatal.

Unlicensed and DIY electrical work – it’s just not worth the risk!

Get a licensed electrical contractor

Always get a licensed electrical contractor to do any electrical work.

Contact details for licensed electrical contractors (electricians) can be found in the Yellow Pages, White Pages, and your local newspaper or by contacting an electrical industry association.

When choosing a licensed electrical contractor, always look for their electrical contractor licence number in any advertisement, and confirm that they have a current licence before agreeing to any work.

What can happen if I do my own electrical work?

Aside from being illegal, unlicensed and DIY electrical work is dangerous for whoever does the work as well as for the users or anyone else who subsequently comes into contact with the unsafe electrical installation or equipment.

In Queensland, Electrical Safety Inspectors investigate issues of unlicensed work.

People who perform unlicensed and DIY electrical work potentially risk contact with electricity while performing the work, which can have deadly consequences.  Additionally, the electrical installation or equipment affected may be unwittingly left in an unsafe state.  Due to the latent nature of some electrical faults, this danger may not be immediately apparent. The danger often only becomes evident in a fault situation, or may even develop over time.

Major property damage from an electrical fire is also a real risk which can impose considerable financial, emotional and social costs, especially if it was the result of illegal electrical work, which may lead to an insurer refusing a claim.

What are the penalties?

Apart from injury or death, DIY electrical work is regarded as unlicensed electrical work, which is illegal, and has penalties of up to $40,000 for individuals.

A breach that exposes an individual to a risk of death or serious injury or illness attracts a maximum penalty of $600,000 for an individual ($3,000,000 for a corporation) or five years imprisonment.

Electrical licensing

A person who performs electrical work in Queensland must have an electrical work licence authorising the work. Licensed electrical workers are required by law to ensure electrical work is performed in accordance with legislative requirements and any applicable codes of practice and technical standards.  
Businesses which provide electrical work services for others in Queensland must have an electrical contractor licence (the actual electrical work may be done by one of the contractor’s licensed electrical workers).

Licensed electrical contractors are required to meet specific insurance requirements including having a minimum of $5 million public liability insurance, with a $50,000 consumer protection component.

The SMS Electrical Industries team are happy to report we are fully licensed and insured in line with the above requirements.

For your reference our details are as follows: Electrical Work Lic. No. 147981 Electrical Contractor Lic. No. 84725

Get in touch to discuss your electrical needs.