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(12) Under Part 7 Section 41 of the Electrical Safety Act 1971, the Construction Occupations Registrar may appoint a person to be an inspector. Part 7 Section 41 (3) (C) states that the Registrar must be satisfied that the person has completed adequate training and is competent. Minimum qualification is an ACT unrestricted electrical licence.

(13) There are 19 electrical inspectors appointed within Access Canberra.

The pay rates of the electrical inspector are available on the Jobs ACT website at:

(14) In the ACT, there is no Solar Licence category under the construction occupations licensing framework, and this is consistent with most other jurisdictions in Australia.

(15) Inspections of a commercial rooftop may be achieved through a plantroom where access to the roof is available, and safety barriers are in place.

Inspectors do not normally access residential installation due to WHS issues with working from heights. Inspections in these situations are carried out using drones.

(16) The time required for an electrical inspection varies with the type of electrical installation to be inspected. They can range from 30 minutes to over several weeks depending on the installation being inspected.

(17) The 2009-10 ACT Budget announced the introduction of inspection fees for the ACT building and construction industry. The inspection fee was initially set to represent the average cost of an inspection at the time, this includes travel time associated with the inspection and the associated administration costs with the inspection. Since 2009-10 the fee has risen on an annual basis in line with inflation which is considered an accurate reflection of the increased cost to the ACT Government for performing the work. The fee is a flat rate and reflects the recovery of the average cost of inspection.

(18) In most occurrences, when the work is required to be re-inspected, it will incur the same costs as an initial assessment as the inspector has to re-attend the site and re-examine the work to ensure that the defects have been fixed and no new defects created.


1 Existing inspections may include established photovoltaic systems.

ACT Law Courts—costs
(Question No 705)

Ms Lee asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 8 April 2022 (redirected to the Attorney-General):

(1) In relation to the ACT Law Courts public private partnership, what is the exact dollar amount of each monthly services payment made since the completion of Stage 1 in 2018 to the present.

(2) Can the Treasurer advise how the variable component of monthly services payments is determined.

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