Aside from being illegal, unlicensed and DIY electrical work is dangerous for whoever does the work as well as for the users or anyone else who subsequently comes into contact with an unsafe electrical installation or equipment.

Aside from being illegal, unlicensed and DIY electrical work is dangerous for whoever does the work as well as for the users or anyone else who subsequently comes into contact with an unsafe electrical installation or equipment.

In Queensland, Electrical Safety Inspectors investigate issues of unlicensed work. People who perform unlicensed DIY electrical work potentially risk leaving in an unsafe state unwittingly. Due to the latent nature of some electrical faults, this danger may not be immediately apparent. The danger often only becomes evident in a fault situation, or may even develop over time.

Major property damage from an electrical fire is also a real risk which can impose considerable financial, emotional and social costs, especially if it was the result of illegal electrical work, which may lead to an insurer refusing a claim.