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Is it illegal to change a light bulb in Victoria?

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We already know you’re sceptical about that blog title but Google it and you’ll see a mysterious internet urban legend.  Here are some websites who have reported changing a light bulb without a license as illegal (here and here). At Energy Makeovers we do have a certified team of electricians, but is it illegal to change a light bulb in Victoria?

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Yes, it was illegal to change a light bulb!

Under Victorian law changing a light bulb without a valid license to do so was against the law. However, a revision to the 1998 Electricity Safety Act, called G17 of the Orders in Council (1999) updated the laws regarding electrical work. And according to a spokeswoman from Energy Safe Victoria: “I can confirm that it is not illegal to change a light bulb in Victoria… While the Electricity Safety Act makes it illegal to do your own electrical work if you are not licensed, changing a light bulb and removing a plug from a socket were specifically exempted” (source).

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Interested in more, outdated and, to be honest; funny, Australian laws? News.com.au have a fun list of urban legends/outdated laws here – fun list.

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