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Requirements for Safety Switch in a Rental Property

Under Queensland law, domestic rental property owners are required to install a safety switch in their rental property.

The purpose of this regulation is to ensure that occupants of every rental property is protected from electric shock. If you still do not have a safety switch installed, then go ahead and have one set up immediately. Take note that only licensed electricians are allowed to install the safety switch to your property.

Penalties for Non-Compliance

All rental property owners in Queensland are duty-bound by the legislation to install at least one safety switch in every property. A fine of up to $1,500 will be sanctioned for non-compliance. A notice to comply with the safety regulations will also be given. For compliance, the property owner must arrange installation by a licensed electrical contractor immediately.

Requirements for Safety Switch

  • The law requires the installation of safety switches on the power circuits of all rental properties. A safety switch on all power sources is required for all homes built after 1992.
  • It is a requirement for properties constructed after 2000 to include a safety switch on all lighting circuits.
  • Installing a safety switch on all circuits is recommended even if they are not for power points or lights.
  • Safety switches can fail if they remain inactive for long periods of time.  Regular inspection and maintenance is required.
  • The landlord is legally responsible for the safety of the tenant occupying their property.
  • It is recommended that the inbuilt test button for safety switches be used within the range of 3 to 6 months.
  • Having a competent licensed electrician perform an operating time-current test annually is recommended.
  • Ask for advice from a licensed electrician about when to replace a particular safety switch as its expected functional lifetime varies depending on external influences and factors.