Home Design Guides: Electrical, Regulations

When do I need an electrician?

Installation work? Maintenance work? Need something replaced or upgraded? Find out what kinds of work electricians do, and when you need to call one.

Safety certificates for electrical work

For all work done by an electrician in Australia, you should obtain an electrical compliance certificate. Find out what a compliance certificate is, how it works and why you need one.

How to choose an electrician

How to choose an electrician

There's not much electrical work you're legally allowed to do for yourself in Australia. Find out when you need to hire an electrician, and how to find the right one.

Electrical regulations

Electrical regulations

Find out more about electrical regulations in Australia, when you're likely to need an electrician, and what you'll need to know about the regulations when you're building or renovating.

Height and position of power points

Regulations exist in Australia to ensure that power points (or GPOs) are installed safely and sensibly. Learn more about where power points should be installed.

Appliance testing and tagging

Under certain circumstances, portable appliances in homes need to be tested and tagged to ensure that they don't pose an electrical safety risk. Find out when testing and tagging must be carried out.

Rebates for solar panels

State and federal governments currently offer significant rebates for solar electricity installations. Find out how these are regulated, how the rebates work, and what you're entitled to.

Safety switch laws and requirements

The law in Australia now requires that all homes be fitted with safety switches (also called residual current devices or RCDs). Learn more about why, and how they work.

Outdoor fittings and cabling

Electrical systems installed outside may be exposed to the elements, so it's vital that appropriately weatherproofed equipment is used. Find out what the law says about outdoor electrical fittings.