18 Meaning of electrical work
(1) Electrical work is the manufacturing, constructing, installing, testing, maintaining, repairing, altering, removing, or
replacing of electrical equipment.
Examples of electrical work—
• Installing low voltage electrical wiring in a building.
• Installing electrical equipment into an installation coupler or interconnecter.
• Replacing a low voltage electrical component of a washing machine.
• Maintaining an electricity entity’s overhead distribution system.

(2) However, the following are not electrical work—

(a) installing or removing electrical equipment by connecting it to electricity, or disconnecting it from
electricity, by a plug and socket outlet;

(b) repairing or replacing non-electrical components of electrical equipment;
Examples for paragraph (b)—
• Repairing hydraulic components attached to an electric motor.
• Replacing a drive belt on a washing machine.

(c) replacing a component forming part of electrical equipment if the electrical equipment has been designed
so that the component is readily and safely able to be replaced by a person without electrical knowledge or
skill;
Examples for paragraph (c)—
• Replacing a fuse.
• Replacing the bulb in a light fitting.

(d) assembling, making, modifying or repairing electrical equipment in a workplace under the Workplace Health
and Safety Act 1995 that is prescribed under a regulation for this paragraph, if that is the principal manufacturing
process at the workplace, and arrangements are in place, and are detailed in written form, for ensuring that—
(i) the work is done safely and competently; and
(ii) the equipment is tested to ensure compliance with relevant standards;

(e) building, under the supervision of an electricity entity, an overhead electric line on structures that do not
already carry an energised overhead electric line;

(f) building or repairing ducts, conduits or troughs (channels) where electrical wiring will be or is
installed, if—
(i) the channels are not intended to be earthed; and
(ii) wiring installed in the channels is not energised;
and
(iii) the work is done under the supervision of a person licensed to perform electrical installation work;

(g) laying, cutting or sealing underground cables that are part of the works of an electricity entity before the initial
connection of the cables to an electricity source;

(h) recovering underground cables that are part of the works of an electricity entity after disconnection from an
electricity source;

(i) altering, repairing, maintaining or recovering an overhead electric line that is part of the works of an
electricity entity, if the work is performed under the entity’s supervision and—
(i) if the line is not on supports supporting another electric line—the line has been isolated from an
electricity source so that the closure of a switch cannot energise the section of the line where work
is being done; or
(ii) if the line is on supports supporting another electric line—both lines have been isolated from an
electricity source so that the closure of a switch cannot energise the section of the line where the
work is being done or an adjacent section of the other line;

(j) erecting structures for the support of electrical equipment;
Examples of structures—
electric poles and towers

(k) locating, mounting or fixing in place electrical equipment, other than—
(i) making or terminating electrical connections to the equipment; or
(ii) installing supply conductors that will connect the equipment to a supply of electricity;

(l) assisting a licensed electrical worker to perform work on electrical equipment under the direct supervision of the
electrical worker, if performing the work does not involve the person directly contacting live electrical equipment;

(m) maintaining the structural parts of the electrical traction system on a railway, other than overhead electric lines,
that forms part of the works of an electrical entity, if the work is structural work performed under a safe system of work;

(n) work performed by a person on electrical equipment if—
(i) the electrical equipment is not energised; and
(ii) the work is prescribed under a regulation for this paragraph; and
(iii) it is necessary for the person to perform the work to meet the eligibility requirements for an electrical
work licence.