DIY Electrical Work

With the readily available smorgasbord of electrical components at many large hardware stores around the country, its never been easier to become a DIY electrician. After all, its just a couple of wires right?

Wrong. Apart from the fact that electricians have undergone years of training,  electrical licensing is mandatory for any electrical installation or repair. DIY electrical work is regarded as unlicensed electrical work, which is illegal, and has penalties of up to $40,000 for individuals.

Along with fines, work at your property by an unlicensed electrician also runs the risk of fire, damage, electrocution and death. 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.
Safety of you and your family are number one. A safe, tested and verified installation or repair by a qualified electrician is your assurance that your property is electrically safe.

You might think that skimping on professional workmanship will save you a bit of money, but you can’t be so sure when it comes to electricity. Its unpredictable nature means it should only ever be attended to by a licensed and qualified tradesman.

If your house suffers damage, say a fire from a faulty joint in a cable,  it’s unlikely your insurance will cover the damage. If they can determine that unlicensed electrical work was performed, any cover or payouts such as home and contents insurance, will essentially become void.

Choosing a licensed Electrician

When choosing a licensed electrical contractor, always look for their electrical contractor licence number. Also confirm that they have a current licence before agreeing to any work. You can check the status of the electrical contractor licence number through our licence search facilities.

Buderim Electrical have only licensed and insured electricians to ensure your safety. We provide a high level of quality and carry out all safety testing on all of our installs for your peace of mind -Unlicensed and DIY electrical work does not provide this assurance or protection.Electrical licensing

If you carry out electrical work you must be licensed – its that simple. Businesses must have an electrical contractors licence and a minimum of $5 million public liability insurance, with a $50,000 consumer protection component. The electrical industry is heavily regulated and for good reason; on average, approx 20 people die each year in Australia due to unintentional electrocution.