Electrical advice and information

What is smart wiring?

What is Smart Wiring?

Smart wiring is a highly flexible system of wiring that can be used by your pay TV, phone, lighting, internet, security and other home automation systems all at once. Learn more about how smart wiring works.

What electrics do I need?

Find out what sorts of electrical systems you'll need to have installed in your home.

10 tips to reduce your power usage

Learn the secrets to cutting your bills and improving your energy efficiency. Cutting electricity use is a great way to save both money and the environment.

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.

Single phase vs three phase

Different appliances may need a greater supply of current, and some may require three phase power to work. Find out more about the difference between single phase and three phase power.

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.

What to do in an electrical emergency

Electricity can be very dangerous when things go wrong. Find out what you should do when you have an emergency that involves electricity.

How to use your switchboard / switch box

Not sure about how your switchboard works? Have the lights or appliances gone out only in one part of the house? Find out how to use your safety switches, circuit breakers or fuses.

Working with electricity

Ever had an electric shock? Not sure what you should and shouldn't be working on in your home? Find out what you should handle in terms of your home's electrical systems.

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.

Plumbing and electrical services rough-in

The term ‘rough in’ describes the installation of a building’s plumbing and electrical services in wall cavities, before the walls are lined with plasterboard.

Don't take risks with cheap products

There are very real risks you take when buying products that don’t comply, says Clipsal standardisation manager Gary Busbridge.

How are electrics installed?

An overview of a typical electrical installation in a home from the local pole transformer, to the service fuse and to your switchbox.

Alternative energy sources

There's nothing more efficient than using a completely renewable energy source. Find out how things like wind- and solar-generated electricity can help you to improve your energy efficiency.


Found in older homes and some electrical appliances, fuses are thin wires that break when too much current flows through them, protecting appliances from current surges or spikes.

Types of electrical hardware

Many types of electrical hardware go into your home. Find out what's used, where it's used and what functions it serves.

Types of fittings, switches and cables

Learn more about the many different types of electrical fittings, switches, cables, outlets and wiring types that are used in home electrical installations.

Socket outlets or GPOs

Socket outlets or GPOs (power points)

General power outlets (often called GPOs) are an essential part of any residential electrical installation. Find out more about how they work and where they're installed.

A rail mounted light fitting

Light fittings

Light globes connect to your house's electrics through light fittings. Read about how fittings work, the different types that are available and where they should be positioned.