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Standards of electrical work

There is a mandated 'standards of electrical work' code of practice that defines the minimum requirements to which electrical work is to be performed and tested.

If electrical work does not comply with the standards of work specifications, it is considered to be defective electrical work, which once identified must be rectified.


  • a power point is too close to a sink, shower or bath
  • an overhead conductor that has insufficient clearance from the ground or a structure.

The Chief Electrical Inspector has set a commencement date of 1 July 2018 for Australian/New Zealand Standards:

  • AS/NZS 60079.14—2017 Explosive atmospheres Part 14: Design selection, erection and initial inspection; and
  • AS/NZS 60079.17—2017 Explosive atmospheres Part 17: Electrical Installations inspection and maintenance.

The previous revision of these Standards are considered to be current until this date.

Recording of Electrical Work

Recording electrical work provides the owner and electrical contractor details of the electrical work perfomed.

The record requires certification that the electrical work complies with the relevant standards of work and it is safe to energise.

The person who performs electrical work, must record what has been done and provide a copy of that record to the customer for whom the work was done.

Certification of Electrical Work

All electrical work must be certified by the person responsible for the work.

The 'Certificate of Electrical Compliance'

The certificate of electrical compliance (CEC), replaced the electrical installation notice (EIN) in 2012 and can used by electrical licence holders to certify electrical work and must be used to notify electrical work. The CEC specifications and requirements are documented in the Approved Forms Notification below.

Private high voltage electrical work 'Certificate of Compliance'

The Certificate of Compliance relates to certification of private high voltage electrical work and must be completed prior to permission to energise the private high voltage electrical work is granted by an Authorised Officer. The private high voltage electrical work Certificate of Compliance specifications and requirements are documented in the Private High Voltage Electrical Work Notice below.

Notification of Electrical Work

The notification of electrical work provides for the initiation of the inspection of electrical work or provides notice of the need for permission to energise some specific electrical work. The notification specifications and requirements are documented in the Classification of electrical work documentation below.

1. Electrical Work Notice - Before Commencement

All private high voltage and hazard area electrical work, must be notified 3 days prior to the work commencing.

2. Low Voltage Electical Work

All notifable low voltage electrical work needs to be submitted to the Electrical Safety Inspection Service provider, within 3 days of the work, being capable of being energised, or after it is energised. The approved form to do this is the Certificate of Electrical Compliance.

3. High Voltage Electrical Work

All private high voltage electrical work must be notified prior to:

  • commencing the work and
  • permission to energise the installation or work, being provided by an Authorised Officer.

The notification required prior to energisation of high voltage electrical work can be found below.

4. Hazardous Area Electrical Work

All hazardous area electrical work must to be notified prior to:

  • commencing the work and
  • permission to energised the installation or work, being provided by an Authorised Officer.

5. Electricity Generator Electrical Work

Electricity generator electrical work, e.g. solar panel or wind turbine installations of 10 kilowatts for single phase or 30 kilowatts for three phase capacity, should be notified prior to being energised.

Defective electrical work

Electrical work that does not meet the requires standards of electrical work, is defective electrical work.

Defective electrical work falls into 2 categories

  1. Severely Defective
  2. Defective

These are defined in the Occupational Licensing (Classification of Electrical Work) Determination 2013, located below.

There are reporting and notification obligations for defective electrical work, which are documented in the Occupational Licensing (Standards of Electrical Work) Code of Practice 2013 , located below.

Defective Electrical Work notices are issued and monitored to ensure the defective electrical work is rectified. High risk defective electrical work must be disconnected, or made safe.

Unsafe electrical installation and infrastructure

Unsafe electrical installation or infrastructure, is where the electrical installation or infrastructure poses an immediate danger to life or property.

There are reporting obligations for the electrical practitioner and electrical contractor's nominated manager, which are designed to manage the identified dangers appropriately. The specifications and requirements associated with reporting dangerous electrical installation or infrastructure are in the Standards of electrical work code of practice.

Legislation and resources

To review the legislative obligations on the above requirements go to legislation and resources.