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Inspector's Orders

An Inspector's Order is a legal document issued to a home owner or other responsible person when an Electrical Inspector identifies a defect in an electrical installation.

How and why we issue Orders

When undertaking inspections, our designated Electrical Inspectors may identify areas of an electrical installation that do not comply with Australian Standards, applicable regulations, legislation or network operator requirements.

In these instances, the Electrical Inspector will issue an Inspector’s Order requiring that the defects be rectified. An Inspector’s Order is a legal document issued under the authority of section 18 of the Energy Coordination Act 1994.

The Inspector's Order is issued to the owner or other person in charge of the installation.

Compliance with Order

If an electrical contractor is responsible for the non-compliant areas of the installation, the contractor is required to make the installation compliant.

However, if the defect has not been caused by an electrical contractor, or the responsible party is not able to be identified at the time of undertaking the inspection, the home-owner or other person in charge of the installation must arrange for an electrical contractor to complete the required works.

The completed and signed Order must be returned to WA Electrical Inspectors once all defects outlined on the Order have been rectified. The email address and facsimile number for return of Orders is provided within the declaration section of the Order.

Failure to comply with Order

An Inspector's Order is a legal document and penalties can apply if you ignore an Order.

Failure to comply is an offence under section 20 of the Energy Coordination Act and carries a maximum penalty of $50,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a body corporate.

Request for extension of time

If additional time is required to complete the work outlined on the Inspector’s Order, you may request an extension of time from the issuing Inspector. The Inspector’s contact details can be found on the Order. Extensions may be granted at the designated Electrical Inspector’s discretion. Tip: If you require an extension of time, please provide the Inspector with proposed timeframes outlining when the work can be expected to be completed.

Appealing an Inspector’s Order

Any person aggrieved by an order made by an Inspector has the right to appeal the order under section 19 of the Energy Coordinator Act 1994.

The process for appealing an Order and the Notice of Appeal form is available from the Department of Commerce website. Click to download a copy of the Inspector Orders appeal procedure.