Electrical installation and maintenance work can potentially be very dangerous, which is why clients need to know that the electricians working on their property have completed the job to Australian/New Zealand standards. Electricians working in Australia and New Zealand must supply a Certificate of Compliance for electrical work after completing a job, and those who fail to properly certify their work can be fined up to $550,000.
But what exactly are Certificates of Compliance, and what do they mean for you? Below, I break down what you need to know—and how QuickSafety can help you.
Certificate of Electrical Compliance
A Certificate of Electrical Compliance essentially tells the customer that the electrical work undertaken complies with the appropriate state safety standards. The benefits of having a Certificate of Electrical Compliance are:
- Peace of mind for the consumer, because the work undertaken is tested to the appropriate Australian standards.
- Peace of mind for the electrician, as they are responsible for the work they carried out under the certification.
- Electricians can easily self-certify the work they’ve undertaken.
- Electrical work can be easily audited and regulated across the sector.
Only a registered electrical contractor and electrician may issue this certificate. This guarantees the quality of the work done.
When a Certificate of Electrical Compliance is Required
A Certificate of Electrical Compliance is required any time a licensed electrician undertakes electrical work in the home, commercial, industrial, mining or oil & gas locations when they install, modify or alter your electrical wiring.
The certificate guarantees that the work undertaken in your state complies with both the Electricity Safety Act and the Electricity Safety Regulations.
How to File a Certificate
In most states, electricians will give the customer a copy of the certificate as soon as possible following completion of the job. The completed certificate must include:
- Name and address of the customer, or for whom the electrician performed the work.
- Details of the work and tests undertaken.
- Date the work was undertaken.
- Electricians workers license number.
- Electrical contractor’s license number.
I recommend you include as much detail as possible to ensure that you are fully complying with the regulations. The Queensland template is available to download here. In most states, be reminded that paper certificates are no longer valid—only electronic certificates are now accepted.
Penalties for Non-Compliance
It’s very important to provide this certificate to your customer as soon as possible. Penalties for failing to issue this certificate include fines of up to $5000, and fines of up to $550,000 for failure to comply with Australian safety regulations.
How QuickSafety can Help
At QuickSafety, we take the hassle out of recording and storage of your inspection and testing results, as well as in most states—completing and issuing your Certificates of Electrical Compliance. With our user-friendly app, you can digitally lodge your certificates within seconds, and store all certificates and testing results securely in one place for up to five years (or seven in New Zealand). It also functions as a useful platform that will help you manage your time and tasks better and get rid of workspace clutter, making the job easier overall. If you have any questions, please get in touch with my team.