Have your say on proposed safety switch laws

Activity occurred prior to the current government.

Current trends in emerging technology, and in particular in the areas of energy conservation and renewable energy, have seen an increase in activity in and around ceiling spaces, increasing the electrical risk to people and property.

While more than 80 per cent of Queensland residential properties already have at least one safety switch installed, there is compelling evidence that there is more that can and should be done to improve the electrical safety of all Queensland homes and temporary residential accommodation.

The Safety Switch Regulatory Assessment Statement (RAS) was open for public feedback from 21 December 2011 to 31 March 2012.

The RAS proposed four options for change to extend the mandatory fitting of safety switches to power, lighting and other safety switch capable electrical circuits in all types of Queensland homes and temporary accommodation such as hotels and hostels. An overview of these options can be viewed at the Safety switch options at a glance page.

A total of 404 responses were received.

All feedback received on this proposal is currently being considered by the government. This feedback will assist in making a final decision about changes to the current laws.

The Electrical Safety Office would like to thank all those who submitted feedback on this important safety issue.