It has been a legal requirement for all homes built since 1992 to have safety switches installed on power and lighting circuits.

For all homes built before 1992, The Electrical Safety Amendment Regulation (No.1) 2006 required that from 1 March 2008, owners of leased domestic residences must have a safety switch installed for the power circuit of the residence after a residential tenancy agreement has been entered into (this also applies to periodic tenancies which are not updated).
This legal requirement is currently set down in the Electrical Safety Regulation (Qld) 2013, Section 85.

If a safety switch is not installed in your rental property you may get fines of up to $1,500.

The safety switch must be installed by a licensed electrical contractor.

The regulations ensure people in domestic rental properties have the same protection from electric shock that homeowners have. The law also requires the installation of safety switches within three months of the sale of a domestic residence constructed prior to 1992.

 

Testing:

Despite what some companies may have you believe, there is NO LEGAL REQUIREMENT placed upon landlords to test the safety switch before or during a tenancy.

Why pay for testing that is not legally required?
One must consider the implications of non-required testing …. potential damage to tenant’s electrical devices, interruption to tenant’s appliances that may be on timers (eg. assisted breathing machines, expensive fish or reptile enclosures, swimming pools, computer hardware etc) and general unnecessary disruption to tenants.

 

 

How we can help

As part of our smoke alarm services, our trained compliance inspectors will ascertain safety switch compliance at your property, relevant to the age of the dwelling.
This is included free with all our smoke alarm service plans and compliance will be specified on the Property Compliance Report.
If you insist on having the safety switch tested, we can do this at a cost of $10.00 per test, per safety switch.
Resetting of electrical devices within the dwelling is not included and Complied Australia assume no liability for damage and/or disruption to appliances at the property.