However, there are some things that homeowners cannot do themselves – as per Australian Law – and electrical work is included under those banned projects. Electrical work, whether for residential or commercial construction – is regulated by the Australian Government and may only be performed by a licensed electrician.
So how do you know which electrical home renovation projects you can tackle yourself and which ones will require assistance from a licensed electrician? Here are a few examples.
DIY electrical home renovation projects that do not require an electrician:
- Installing or replacing garden lighting
- Installing or replacing battery powered lighting or smoke detectors
- Installing appliances IF electrical wiring is already in place
- Installing or replacing light switch overs OR electrical outlet covers
- Any project that does NOT include any electrical wiring
Electrical home renovation projects that DO require an electrician:
- Installing or replacing light fixtures
- Installing or replacing ceiling fans
- Installing air conditioning units or window units
- Installing or replacing light switches
- Installing or replacing electrical outlets
- Any project that DOES include electrical wiring
Homeowners who are found doing electrical work themselves that requires an electrician are subject to heavy fines and penalties. To some, this may sound harsh because, after all, it is your home and you should be able to do what you want to in it or with it, right? The reason that the laws are strict on certain types of electrical work is really in the best interests of everyone.
Electrical work is a dangerous business that could lead to fires and/or death, if not properly handled. Aside from this, faulty electrical work can lead to appliance and other failures within the home that are expensive and time consuming as well.