Dezign Electrical

Proposed changes to Electrician Licensing a threat to Safety

Recently, the Australian Government has released the Decision Regulation Impact Statements (RISs) for a proposed new national licensing system for the following occupations:

  • electricians, electrical contractors, lineworkers, cable jointers and electrical fitters
  • refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics

The Decision RISs have been prepared by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Licensing Steering Committee. The Decision RISs outline the Committee’s preferred approach to national licensing for each occupation. The Decision RISs are part of national reforms to establish a new national occupational licensing system which, if implemented, would replace the existing state and territory based licensing arrangements. The Victorian Government seeks feedback from interested parties on the options for national licensing of the occupational groups presented in the Decision RISs. The Government is particularly interested in comments on the scope and scale of the proposed changes, the impact on licensees and businesses, and the durability and merits of the reforms.

Dezign Corp has reviewed the proposals and has made a submission to the Government as part of this consultation process. Chief Operations Manager Peter Burns comments: “the proposed reclassification of some electrical works to work that may be completed by unlicensed persons such as cable tray, duct and conduit installation; or the ill-defined ‘incidental work not on live equipment under the supervision of a licensed electrician’ is very concerning in that in its current form this could mean that any person could complete a significant amount of work whilst unlicensed and possibly untrained. Let’s hope that we’re not looking at another ‘pink batts’ scenario where government ignored advice from industry professionals”.

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