Automatic mutual recognition

Queensland, Victorian or ACT electricians working in NSW

If you hold a recognised licence in the following list, you can work under the NSW equivalent licence without applying for a NSW licence.

Recognised licence issued under law of another jurisdiction

Local NSW licence that is equivalent to that licence

Unrestricted electrician’s licence held by an individual person under the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004 of the Australian Capital Territory

An endorsed contractor licence under the Home Building Act 1989 authorising a person to do electrical wiring work without supervision

Unrestricted electrical mechanic licence held by an individual person under the Electricity Safety Act 2002 of Queensland

A supervisor certificate under the Home Building Act 1989 authorising a person to do electrical wiring work without supervision

Unrestricted electrical mechanic licence and an electrical contractor licence, both held by the same individual, under the Electricity Safety Act 2002 of Queensland

An endorsed contractor licence under the Home Building Act 1989 authorising a person to do electrical wiring work without supervision

An electrician’s licence held by an electrical installation worker under the Electricity Safety Act 1998 of Victoria

A supervisor certificate under the Home Building Act 1989 authorising a person to do electrical wiring work without supervision

An electrician’s licence held by an electrical installation worker who is also a registered electrical contractor under the Electricity Safety Act 1998 of Victoria

An endorsed contractor licence under the Home Building Act 1989 authorising a person to do electrical wiring work without supervision

While working in NSW, you have to follow the same laws as NSW licence-holders, and NSW Fair Trading can take disciplinary and enforcement action against you.

Queensland, Victorian or ACT electricians that have moved to NSW

If you’re an electrician holding a recognised licence and relocate your primary place of residence to NSW, you will need to apply for a NSW licence (using the mutual recognition application form). Go to the interstate and New Zealand licences page for more information.

NSW electricians working in Queensland

NSW Electrician licence held

Equivalent local QLD licence

A qualified supervisor certificate or an endorsed contractor licence

Permitted to work in QLD and will be employed as an electrical mechanic (electrician) in QLD.

Note: to be contractor in Queensland, you need to apply for the Queensland Electrical Contractor Licence under Mutual Recognition. Visit the <WorkCover Queensland website> or call WorkCover Queensland - Electrical Safety on 1300 362 128.

NSW electricians working in Victoria

NSW Electrician licence held

Local VIC requirements

A qualified supervisor certificate or an endorsed contractor licence

Permitted to work in VIC after you have notified Energy Safe Victoria to receive access to the online system to lodge a safety compliance certificate when you have completed work (check also any other Victorian requirements to do work).

Contact Energy Safe Victoria, Licensing and registration on the enquiry line 1800 815 721 (free call) or email licensing@esv.vic.gov.au.

NSW electricians working in the ACT

NSW Electrician licence held

Local ACT requirements

A qualified supervisor certificate or an endorsed contractor licence

You will need to apply under Mutual Recognition to have your licence recognised by ACT Environment and Planning Directorate

Contact the ACT Environment and Planning Directorate on (02) 6207 8096 for more information.