Electrical Licensing in Australia
The Licensing of Electrical Workers in Australia
- To work in certain electrical trades in Australia you must register and/or have a license from the relevant State or Territory electrical registration and licensing authority. Licenses are issued in various grades which define the work you can do.
A separate license is required in each State and Territory in which you may wish to work. However, there are arrangements for the mutual recognition of interstate licenses which facilitate the issue of similar licenses in different States and Territories.
To obtain a license to perform the full range of electrical work without supervision, you must pass a test in the Australian electrical wiring rules. Working under supervision in Australia will help you learn the rules.
You should contact the electrical registration and licensing authority in the State or Territory, in which you intend to work, to determine how you can obtain electrical registration and/or license.
A list of electrical registration and licensing bodies in the States and Territories of Australia is attached, together with a web link related to that State.
Getting an Electricians Licence may be easier to obtain in South Australia than in other Australian States, but it is relatively easy to then transfer the licence.
You can apply for your Australian Recognised Trade Certificates (ARTC) whilst in the UK, using distance learning, which will save time once you arrive in Australia.
Prepared by Trades Recognition Australia
Trade skills assessment for migration
VETASSESS – Vocational Education Training and Assessment Services
VETASSESS leads a Consortium that assesses the trade skills of people intending to migrate to Australia from the United Kingdom, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the Philippines for various trades:
These trades include:
- General Electrician
- General Plumber
- Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Mechanic
- Motor Mechanic
- Carpenter and Joiner
- Electrical Powerline Tradesperson
- Cable Jointer
Australian Licencing Authorities
Licensing or registration requirements:
In many occupations you must be registered with or obtain a license from a local authority in the state or territory where you wish to practise your occupation.
Select from the following:
Australian Capital Territory – Licensing is compulsory.
Building, Electrical and Plumbing Control
ACT Planning and Land Authority
Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis St
Dickson ACT 2602
Telephone: 61 2 6207 7775
Electricians may be issued one of three types of licenses:
- electrical contractors licence;
- unrestricted electricians licence; or
- restricted electricians licence
New South Wales – Licensing is compulsory for unsupervised trade work.
Department of Fair Trading (DFT)
Home Building Licensing
Locked Bag A 5020
Sydney South NSW 1235
Fax: 61 2 9377 9325
You must have a contractor licence or employ the holder of a qualified supervisor certificate to contract, subcontract or advertise to do: electrical wiring work
Northern Territory – Licensing is compulsory.
Electrical Workers and Contractors Board
Electrical Licensing Board
C/- NT Build office
33/12 Charlton Court
Woolner-Winnellie NT 0820
GPO Box 1680
Darwin NT 0801
Telephone: 61 8 8981 5435
Fax: 61 8 8923 9318
Electrical industry workers in the Northern Territory must be adequately trained to ensure that electrical installations are produced safely. Workers must obtain a licence and meet certain requirements before any electrical work is carried out.
Queensland – Licensing is compulsory.
Department of Industrial Relations
Business and Occupational Licensing
PO Box 820
Lutwyche Qld 4030
Telephone: 61 7 3247 4711 or 1300 650 662
Overseas applicants have to meet certain eligibility criteria prior to the issue of a Queensland electrical work licence.
South Australia – Licensing is required for electrical work.
Office of Consumer and Business Affairs
Business & Occupational Services
Level 3, Chesser House, 91 – 97 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001
Telephone: 61 8 8204 9696
Any person (including a company) who carries on business or holds himself or herself out as a plumber, gas fitter or electrician, must be licensed as a contractor under the Plumbers, Gas Fitters and Electricians Act 1995. If a business operates as a partnership then each partner must hold their own licence.
Tasmania – Licensing is required for electrical work.
Electricity Standards and Safety
PO Box 56
Rosny Park Tas. 7018
Telephone: 61 3 6233 7851
An electrician’s licence entitles the holder to perform electrical work, but not to enter into a contract to perform electrical work (as defined by the Electricity Industry Safety and Administration Act 1997). An electrician’s licence is valid for 3 years and may be renewed.
Victoria – Licensing is required for electrical work.
Energy Safe Victoria
Level 3, 4 Riverside Quay
Southbank Vic. 3206
PO Box 262, Collins Street West
Melbourne Vic. 8007
Telephone: 1800 815 721
Fax: 61 3 9686 2197
An Electrician’s License entitles the holder to carry out all types of electrical installation work in Victoria without supervision.
However, to contract, or offer to contract, to carry out electrical installation work, a licensed electrician must also be registered as an electrical contractor.
Western Australia – Licensing is required for electrical work.
Electrical Licensing Board
20 Southport Street
West Leederville WA 6007
Telephone: 61 8 9422 5282
Fax: 61 8 9422 5244
In Western Australia, the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 provide that electrical work may only be carried out by persons with the appropriate electrical worker’s licence (as issued by the Electrical Licensing Board) unless it is a type of work that is exempted by regulation.
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