Electricity Amendment Act 2006

13 New Parts 9 to 12 substituted
  • Parts 9 to 12 are repealed and the following Parts are substituted:

    Part 9
    Restrictions on electrical work

    74 Restrictions on doing or assisting with prescribed electrical work
    • (1) A person must not do any prescribed electrical work, or assist in doing any prescribed electrical work, unless that person is authorised to do so under this section.

      (2) The following persons may do prescribed electrical work, or assist in doing prescribed electrical work, within the limits prescribed in regulations (if any):

      • (a) a registered person who is authorised to do, or assist in doing, the work under a current practising licence:

      • (b) a person who is authorised to do, or assist in doing, the work under a provisional licence:

      • (c) a person who is authorised to do, or assist in doing, the work under an employer licence.

      (3) A person does not do any prescribed electrical work, or assist in doing any prescribed electrical work, in breach of this section if that work is done in accordance with any of sections 75 to 80.

      (4) A body corporate that is responsible for any prescribed electrical work does not do any prescribed electrical work, or assist in doing any prescribed electrical work, in breach of this section if the natural person or natural persons who actually do, or assist in doing, that work are authorised to do so under this Act.

      (5) Subsection (1) is subject to subsections (3) and (4) and sections 75 to 81.

      (6) For the purposes of this Part and Part 10, regulations means regulations made under section 169.

    Exemptions

    75 Board may exempt person or class of persons from section 74
    • (1) The Board may, if it thinks fit, by notice in the Gazette, exempt any person or class of persons from compliance with section 74 generally or in relation to a particular type of prescribed electrical work.

      (2) The Board may grant the exemption subject to any terms and conditions that it thinks fit.

      (3) A person may do any prescribed electrical work, or assist in doing any prescribed electrical work, under an exemption granted under subsection (1) if—

      • (a) the work is within the limits specified in the exemption; and

      • (b) the exemption applies to the person; and

      • (c) the work is done in accordance with the terms and conditions of the exemption; and

      • (d) the work is carried out in a competent and safe manner.

      (4) A notice published under this section is a regulation for the purposes of the Regulations (Disallowance) Act 1989 but is not a regulation for the purposes of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

    76 Exemption for work done under supervision
    • A person (the supervised person) may do any prescribed electrical work, or assist in doing any prescribed electrical work, if—

      • (a) that work is within the limits prescribed in regulations made for the purposes of this section; and

      • (b) the work done by the supervised person is carried out under the supervision of a registered person who holds a current practising licence issued under this Act that authorises the person to supervise electrical work; and

      • (c) except as provided in any regulations, while that work is being carried out by the supervised person, no part of the work is connected to a power supply; and

      • (d) the work is—

        • (i) tested and certified in accordance with regulations; and

        • (ii) connected to a power supply by a registered person who holds a current practising licence issued under this Act that authorises the person to supervise electrical work.

    77 Exemption for trainees
    • (1) A person may do, or assist in doing, any prescribed electrical work if—

      • (a) that work is within the limits prescribed in regulations made for the purposes of this section; and

      • (b) the person is a trainee in relation to the work; and

      • (c) the work done by that person is carried out in accordance with a limited certificate issued by the Board to the trainee under section 78.

      (2) In this section, trainee

      • (a) means a person who is undergoing instruction or training in any class of prescribed electrical work for the purpose of obtaining registration as a registered person; and

      • (b) includes an apprentice who is working in the electricity industry.

      (3) This section does not prevent a trainee from doing, or assisting in doing, work under section 76 (which allows work to be done under supervision).

    78 Board may issue limited certificate for purposes of section 77
    • (1) The Board may, on payment of the prescribed fee (if any), issue to any person a limited certificate for the purposes of section 77.

      (2) The Board may issue the limited certificate subject to any terms and conditions that the Board thinks fit.

      (3) The Board may, by written notice to a person, revoke, amend, or add to any term or condition imposed in relation to that person's certificate.

      (4) A limited certificate issued under this section, unless it is sooner cancelled, is in force for the period, not exceeding 5 years, specified in the certificate, but it may from time to time be renewed for a further term not exceeding 5 years.

      (5) The Board may, if it thinks fit, refuse to renew any limited certificate.

      (6) A limited certificate issued under this section may be cancelled by the Board—

      • (a) if the Board considers that any of the terms or conditions of the certificate have not been met; or

      • (b) following the determination of an application for registration as a registered person or for a practising licence.

    79 Exemption for domestic electrical wiring work
    • (1) The owner of any premises that are occupied, or intended to be occupied, by that person as a residence for that person, or for that person and members of that person's family, may do any electrical wiring work, or assist in doing any electrical wiring work, in relation to those premises, if—

      • (a) the work is within the limits prescribed in regulations made for the purposes of this section; and

      • (b) the work is carried out in accordance with the requirements of any regulations; and

      • (c) the work is carried out in a competent and safe manner; and

      • (d) while that work is being carried out, no part of the work is connected to a power supply; and

      • (e) the work is, before connection to a power supply, tested and certified, in accordance with regulations, by a registered person who holds a current practising licence issued under this Act that authorises that person to test and certify prescribed electrical work; and

      • (f) the work is connected to a power supply by the registered person referred to in paragraph (e).

      (2) Subsection (1)(e) and (f) apply only if required by regulations.

      (3) For the purposes of subsection (1), owner, in relation to any premises, means the person who (whether alone or as a joint tenant or tenant in common) would for the time being be entitled to receive the rack rent of the premises on his or her own account if the premises were let to a tenant at a rack rent.

    80 Exemption for maintenance of domestic appliances
    • (1) The owner of any electrical appliance may do any prescribed electrical work, or assist in doing any prescribed electrical work, in relation to that appliance if—

      • (a) the appliance is kept principally for the use of that person, or any near relative of that person, or both; and

      • (b) the appliance is used principally for domestic purposes and not for commercial or industrial purposes; and

      • (c) the work is within the limits prescribed in regulations made for the purposes of this section; and

      • (d) the work is carried out in accordance with the requirements of any regulations; and

      • (e) the work is carried out in a competent and safe manner; and

      • (f) while that work is being carried out, the appliance is not connected to a power supply; and

      • (g) the work is, before connection to a power supply, tested and certified, in accordance with regulations, by a registered person who holds a current practising licence issued under this Act that authorises that person to test and certify prescribed electrical work.

      (2) Subsection (1)(g) applies only if required by regulations.

      (3) For the purposes of subsection (1), near relative, in relation to any person, means—

      • (a) a grandparent of that person:

      • (b) a parent or step-parent of that person:

      • (c) a parent or step-parent of that person's spouse, civil union partner, or de facto partner:

      • (d) a brother or sister of that person, including a halfbrother or half-sister:

      • (e) that person's spouse, civil union partner, or de facto partner:

      • (f) a child or step-child of that person:

      • (g) a grandchild of that person.

    Board may cancel application of exemption

    81 Board may cancel application of exemption to any person
    • (1) The Board may, by notice in writing to a person, cancel the application of any exemption under sections 76 to 80 to the person from a date specified in the notice.

      (2) The exemption referred to in the notice under subsection (1) ceases to apply to the person from the date specified in the notice.

      (3) The Board may not cancel the application of an exemption under subsection (1) unless it has first—

      • (a) informed the person concerned why it may cancel the application of the exemption; and

      • (b) given the person a reasonable opportunity to make written submissions and be heard on the question, either personally or by his or her representative.

    Testing, certification, and inspection

    82 Testing, certification, and inspection
    • (1) If any prescribed electrical work is carried out, that work or, as the case may require, the works or electrical installation or electrical appliance in respect of which that work is carried out must not be connected to a power supply unless the testing, certification, and inspection that is required by regulations has been carried out.

      (2) A person must not sell, or offer for sale, any works or electrical installation or electrical appliance that has not been tested and certified in accordance with regulations.

      (3) A person must not supply electricity to any works or electrical installation unless that person is satisfied that any inspection and certification required in respect of those works or that installation by regulations has been carried out.

      (4) This section does not prevent the connection, to any power supply, of any works, electrical installation, or electrical appliance, or the supply of electricity to any works or electrical installation, if that connection or supply is solely for the purposes of carrying out any testing, inspection, or certification required by any regulations.

    83 Power of entry
    • (1) For the purpose of ensuring that the requirements of section 82 are complied with in relation to any prescribed electrical work, any person authorised by the Board for the purpose may, at any reasonable time, enter any premises (including a dwellinghouse) and—

      • (a) inspect and test any prescribed electrical work on those premises that is, or is intended to be, connected to a power supply:

      • (b) make any inquiries that are necessary to determine whether or not any prescribed electrical work on those premises has been properly tested, certified, or inspected.

      (2) The power of entry under subsection (1) may be exercised whether or not there are any grounds to believe that any prescribed electrical work has not been properly carried out.

      (3) Every person must give reasonable notice of that person's intention to enter any premises under subsection (1) to both the owner and the occupier of the premises.

      (4) Every person must, on entering any premises under subsection (1), and when requested at any subsequent time, produce to the person in charge of the premise—

      • (a) evidence of that person's authority to enter the premises; and

      • (b) evidence of that person's identity.

    Part 10
    Registration and licensing of electrical workers and employer licences

    Subpart 1Electrical worker registration and licensing

    Classes of registration

    84 Classes of registration may be designated by Board
    • (1) The Board may, by notice in the Gazette,—

      • (a) designate classes of registration for the purposes of registration under this subpart; and

      • (b) specify for each of those classes the prescribed electrical work that a person is authorised to do, or assist in doing, by virtue of being a registered person of a particular class and holding a current practising licence.

      (2) The notice may describe the classes of registration in any way the Board thinks fit, including in 1 or more of the following ways:

      • (a) by reference to a name or form of words that is commonly understood by persons who carry out electrical work:

      • (b) by reference to an area of science or learning:

      • (c) by reference to tasks commonly performed.

      (3) In specifying the work that may be carried out by registered persons who hold current practising licences, the Board may impose limitations on the circumstances in which a registered person may do, or assist in doing, that work.

    85 Board may prescribe other registration and licensing matters
    • (1) The Board may, by notice in the Gazette,—

      • (a) prescribe for each class of registration the minimum standards for registration (including standards relating to required competence, qualifications, and experience) that persons must meet in order to be registered as registered persons and to be issued with practising licences; and

      • (b) prescribe for each class of registration the terms and conditions subject to which persons are registered as registered persons; and

      • (c) prescribe for each class of registration the terms and conditions subject to which practising licences are issued; and

      • (d) prescribe requirements relating to the completion of competence programmes in respect of persons who—

        • (i) apply for practising licences or provisional licences; or

        • (ii) hold practising licences or provisional licences; or

        • (iii) apply for renewals of practising licences or provisional licences; and

      • (e) prescribe requirements relating to competent and safe work practices and the testing of those practices; and

      • (f) recognise any overseas qualification, certificate, registration, or licence as satisfying a particular minimum standard for registration (in whole or in part) if, in the opinion of the Board, that overseas qualification, certificate, registration, or licence is equivalent to, or as satisfactory as, the standard, or part of the standard, that is treated as being satisfied.

      (2) The terms and conditions referred to in subsection (1)(c) may include, for example,—

      • (a) a term that authorises the person to test or certify work or to supervise work:

      • (b) a condition that requires compliance with the requirements referred to in subsection (1)(e):

      • (c) a condition that requires the person to complete a competence programme:

      • (d) a condition that imposes limitations on the circumstances in which the person may do, or assist in doing, work:

      • (e) a condition that imposes limits on the work that the person may do, or assist in doing, under the practising licence.

      (3) The Board may make arrangements with the appropriate authorities controlling the registration, licensing, or recognition of electrical workers outside New Zealand for the reciprocal recognition of registration, licences, certificates, or other evidence of proficiency in electrical work.

    86 Minimum standards for registration
    • (1) A notice under section 85 may prescribe minimum standards for registration in any way the Board thinks fit, including in 1 or more of the following ways:

      • (a) by requiring a degree or diploma or certificate of a stated kind recognised by the Board:

      • (b) by requiring the successful completion of a competence programme, degree, or course of studies accredited by the Board:

      • (c) by requiring a pass in a specified examination or any other assessment set by the Board or by another organisation approved by the Board:

      • (d) by reference to registration with, or a licence issued by, an overseas organisation that performs functions that correspond wholly or partly to those performed by the Board:

      • (e) by requiring experience in the provision of services of a particular kind:

      • (f) by requiring a certain level of competence.

      (2) However, the minimum standards for registration prescribed under section 85 may require a person to pass a specified examination or other assessment set by the Board only if the Board is satisfied that the person does not have a degree, diploma, or certificate of a stated kind recognised by the Board under subsection (1)(a).

    87 Principles guiding prescribing of registration and licensing matters
    • In prescribing matters under section 84 or 85, the Board must be guided by the following principles:

      • (a) the matters must be necessary to—

        • (i) protect the health or safety of members of the public; or

        • (ii) promote the prevention of damage to property; or

        • (iii) promote the competency of persons who do, or assist in doing, prescribed electrical work; or

        • (iv) carry out, give effect to, or provide for a matter that is incidental to, or consequential on, the matters relating to subparagraph (i), (ii), or (iii); and

      • (b) the matters may not unnecessarily restrict the registration or licensing of persons as electrical workers; and

      • (c) the matters may not impose undue costs on electrical workers or on the public.

    88 Board must consult before publishing notices
    • (1) Before the Board publishes a notice under section 84 or 85(1)(a) to (e), the Board must have consulted about its proposal for the contents of the notice—

      • (a) with persons who the Board considers are able to represent the views of electrical workers, or of classes of electrical workers, registered under this Act; and

      • (b) with organisations—

        • (i) that the Board considers will be substantially affected by the proposal; or

        • (ii) whose members the Board considers will be substantially affected by the proposal.

      (2) A failure to comply with subsection (1) does not affect the validity of any notice published under section 84 or 85(1)(a) to (e).

    89 Notices published under sections 84 and 85 must be approved by Minister
    • (1) The Board must, before publishing a notice under section 84 or 85, submit the proposed notice for the approval of the Minister.

      (2) The Minister must, as soon as practicable after receiving a proposed notice under subsection (1), by written notice to the Board,—

      • (a) approve it; or

      • (b) decline to approve it.

      (3) If the Minister declines to approve a proposed notice,—

      • (a) the Minister must indicate the grounds on which he or she declines to approve it; and

      • (b) the Minister may direct the Board to prepare and submit a revised proposed notice; and

      • (c) the Board must, as soon as practicable after receiving a direction under paragraph (b), submit a revised proposed notice under subsection (1).

      (4) A proposed notice may be published under section 84 or 85 after it is approved by the Minister.

    90 Other provisions relating to notices under sections 84 and 85
    • (1) The Board must ensure that an up-to-date version of each notice that the Board has published under section 84 or 85 is—

      • (a) available at all reasonable times on an Internet website maintained by or on behalf of the Board; and

      • (b) available at the office of the Board during business hours, so that members of the public may—

        • (i) inspect the notice free of charge; or

        • (ii) obtain a copy of the notice for a reasonable fee.

      (2) Each notice published under section 84 or 85 is a regulation for the purposes of the Regulations (Disallowance) Act 1989 but is not a regulation for the purposes of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

    How to become registered

    91 Entitlement to registration
    • An individual is entitled to be registered under this subpart if the individual satisfies the Board—

      • (a) that he or she has complied with the application requirements in section 92; and

      • (b) that he or she meets the applicable minimum standards for registration; and

      • (c) that he or she is not precluded from being registered because of any action taken by the Board under section 147M; and

      • (d) that he or she is a fit and proper person to be registered under this subpart; and

      • (e) that he or she has paid the prescribed fee (if any).

    92 Applications for registration
    • (1) An application for registration under this subpart must—

      • (a) be sent or delivered to either—

        • (i) the Registrar; or

        • (ii) the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board if the application is to be considered by that Board under section 114; and

      • (b) be in the prescribed form or, if there is no prescribed form, in the form required by the Board; and

      • (c) contain, or be accompanied by, the information and documentation required by the Board; and

      • (d) be accompanied by the prescribed fee (if any).

      (2) The Registrar must refer any application received by the Registrar under this section to the Board for consideration under section 95.

    93 Board may issue provisional licence pending consideration of application
    • (1) The Board may, on payment of the prescribed fee (if any), issue to any person a provisional licence to carry out any specified electrical work.

      (2) The Board may issue the licence subject to any terms and conditions that the Board thinks fit.

      (3) A provisional licence authorises the holder, while the licence is in force pending the consideration of his or her application for registration or a practising licence (or both) under this subpart, to do, or assist in doing, the work that is specified in the licence.

    94 Duration of provisional licence
    • (1) A provisional licence, unless it is sooner suspended or cancelled, is in force for the period, not exceeding 12 months, specified in the licence, but it may from time to time be renewed for a further period not exceeding 12 months.

      (2) The Board may, if it thinks fit, refuse to renew any provisional licence.

      (3) A provisional licence may be cancelled—

      • (a) in any of the ways described in section 110(1); or

      • (b) if the Board considers that any of the terms or conditions of the licence have not been met; or

      • (c) following the determination of an application for registration or a practising licence under this subpart.

    95 Board to consider application
    • (1) The Board must consider each application for registration under this subpart as soon as practicable after receiving it.

      (2) In considering an application for registration under this subpart, the Board must,—

      • (a) if the applicant has previously had his or her registration or practising licence cancelled under this Act, have regard to the reasons for that cancellation; and

      • (b) observe the rules of natural justice; and

      • (c) without limiting those rules, give an applicant—

        • (i) notice of any matter that might result in the application being declined; and

        • (ii) a reasonable opportunity to make submissions to the Board on the matter.

    96 Board to register applicant or decline application
    • (1) If the Board is satisfied that the applicant is entitled, under section 91, to be registered under this subpart, the Board must direct the Registrar to—

      • (a) register the applicant as a registered person of a particular class; and

      • (b) send to the applicant a certificate of registration; and

      • (c) enter details of that person's registration in the register; and

      • (d) issue a unique identifier (for example, a registration number) to the applicant, and notify the applicant of that identifier.

      (2) If the Board is not satisfied that the applicant is entitled to be registered under this subpart, the Board must notify the applicant of—

      • (a) the Board's decision; and

      • (b) the applicant's right of appeal to a District Court against the decision.

      (3) As soon as practicable after receiving the Board's direction under subsection (1), the Registrar must enter the details of the registration in the register.

    97 Registration subject to terms and conditions
    • (1) The registration of a registered person is subject to—

      • (a) the terms and conditions imposed by notices published under section 85(1)(b) in relation to the class of registration concerned; and

      • (b) any other terms and conditions that the Board thinks fit.

      (2) The Board may, by written notice to a registered person, revoke, amend, or add to any term or condition imposed under subsection (1).

      (3) Subsection (1)(a) is subject to subsection (2) and section 107.

    How to become licensed

    98 Practising licence required
    • (1) A registered person is not authorised to do, or assist in doing, prescribed electrical work that the person is otherwise authorised to do by virtue of that person's registration unless that person is the holder of a current practising licence issued under this subpart that authorises the person to do, or assist in doing, the work.

      (2) Subsection (1) is subject to sections 75 to 80.

      (3) Any authority given under a practising licence issued under this subpart to a registered person to do, or assist in doing, any prescribed electrical work is sufficient authority for the person so authorised to do or, as the case may be, assist in doing that work.

      (4) Subsection (3) is subject to the terms and conditions imposed under section 103 and to any regulations.

    99 Entitlement to practising licence
    • A registered person is entitled to be issued with a practising licence under this subpart for a class of registration in respect of which that person is registered if the individual satisfies the Board—

      • (a) that he or she has complied with the application requirements in section 100; and

      • (b) that he or she meets the current applicable minimum standards for registration; and

      • (c) that he or she is not precluded from holding a licence because of any action taken by the Board under section 147M; and

      • (d) that he or she is a fit and proper person to be issued with a practising licence; and

      • (e) that he or she has paid the prescribed fee (if any).

    100 Applications for practising licence
    • (1) An application for a practising licence under this subpart must—

      • (a) be sent or delivered to either—

        • (i) the Registrar; or

        • (ii) the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board if the application is to be considered by that Board under section 114; and

      • (b) be in the prescribed form or, if there is no prescribed form, in the form required by the Board; and

      • (c) contain, or be accompanied by, the information and documentation required by the Board; and

      • (d) be accompanied by the prescribed fee (if any).

      (2) The Registrar must refer any application received by the Registrar under this section to the Board for consideration under section 101.

    101 Board to consider application
    • (1) The Board must consider each application for a practising licence under this subpart as soon as practicable after receiving it.

      (2) In considering an application for a practising licence under this subpart, the Board must,—

      • (a) if the applicant has previously had his or her registration or practising licence cancelled under this Act, have regard to the reasons for that cancellation; and

      • (b) observe the rules of natural justice; and

      • (c) without limiting those rules, give the applicant—

        • (i) notice of any matter that might result in the application being declined; and

        • (ii) a reasonable opportunity to make submissions to the Board on the matter.

    102 Board to issue practising licence or decline application
    • (1) If the Board is satisfied that the applicant is entitled, under section 99, to be issued with a practising licence under this subpart, the Board must—

      • (a) issue to the applicant a practising licence for a class of registration in respect of which that person is registered; and

      • (b) send to the applicant evidence of the issue of that practising licence; and

      • (c) direct the Registrar to enter details of that person's practising licence in the register.

      (2) If the Board is not satisfied that the applicant is entitled to be issued with a practising licence under this subpart, the Board must notify the applicant of—

      • (a) the Board's decision; and

      • (b) the applicant's right of appeal to a District Court against the decision.

      (3) As soon as practicable after receiving the Board's direction under subsection (1), the Registrar must enter the details of the practising licence in the register.

    103 Practising licence subject to terms and conditions
    • (1) A practising licence issued to a registered person is subject to—

      • (a) the terms and conditions imposed by notices published under section 85(1)(c) in relation to the class of registration concerned; and

      • (b) any other terms and conditions that the Board thinks fit.

      (2) The terms and conditions may include, for example,—

      • (a) terms and conditions of the kind referred to in section 85 (2):

      • (b) a condition that imposes limits on the circumstances in which the particular practising licence holder may do, or assist in doing, work:

      • (c) a condition that imposes limits on the work that the particular practising licence holder may do, or assist in doing, under the licence.

      (3) The conditions referred to in subsection (2)(b) and (c) may be in addition to, or instead of, any other limits that would otherwise apply in respect of the class of registration concerned.

      (4) The Board may, by written notice to a registered person, revoke, amend, or add to any term or condition imposed under subsection (1).

      (5) Subsection (1)(a) is subject to subsection (4) and section 107.

    Duration and renewal of practising licence

    104 Duration of practising licence
    • (1) A practising licence issued under this subpart must specify the date of its expiry.

      (2) The date of expiry must not be later than 5 years after the date of the issue or renewal of the practising licence.

      (3) A practising licence continues in force until the close of the date of its expiry unless sooner suspended or cancelled under this Act.

    105 Applications for renewal of practising licence
    • (1) An application for the renewal of a practising licence under this subpart—

      • (a) must not be made earlier than 3 months before the licence's date of expiry; and

      • (b) must be sent or delivered to either—

        • (i) the Registrar; or

        • (ii) the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board if the application is to be considered by that Board under section 114; and

      • (c) must be in the prescribed form or, if there is no prescribed form, in the form required by the Board; and

      • (d) must contain, or be accompanied by, the information and documentation required by the Board; and

      • (e) must be accompanied by the prescribed fee (if any).

      (2) The Registrar must refer any application received by the Registrar under this section to the Board for consideration under section 106.

      (3) If an application for the renewal of a practising licence is made before the licence's date of expiry but the licence has not been renewed before that date, the licence continues in force until the application is determined.

    106 Renewal of practising licence
    • (1) A registered person is entitled to a renewal of his or her practising licence if the Board is satisfied that—

      • (a) the person has complied with the application requirements in section 105; and

      • (b) the person complies with the current applicable minimum standards for registration; and

      • (c) there is no reason to believe that the person has breached any term or condition of the licence during the period before the licence is renewed; and

      • (d) the person is a fit and proper person to hold a practising licence; and

      • (e) the person has satisfied the requirements of a competence programme that the person is required to complete under subsection (5).

      (2) If the Board is satisfied that the registered person is entitled to a renewal of his or her practising licence, the Board must direct the Registrar to

      • (a) renew the licence for the period (not exceeding 5 years) that the Board thinks fit; and

      • (b) send to the person notification of the Board's decision; and

      • (c) enter details of the renewal in the register.

      (3) If the Board is not satisfied that the registered person is entitled to a renewal of his or her practising licence, the Board must notify the person of—

      • (a) the Board's decision; and

      • (b) the person's right of appeal to a District Court against the decision.

      (4) For the purposes of subsection (1)(c), the Board may, if it thinks fit, disregard a breach of a term or condition of the practising licence.

      (5) The Board may require a registered person to complete a competence programme before it renews that person's practising licence (regardless of whether or not the Board is satisfied of the matters referred to in subsection (1)(a) to (d)) if the person is required to complete a competence programme when applying for a renewal of the licence in accordance with a condition or requirement imposed by a notice published under section 85.

      (6) Despite subsection (1), if any fee or other money payable to the Board under this Act by the registered person has not been paid, the Board may refuse to renew that person's practising licence until that fee or other money is paid.

    Exemptions from registration and practising licence requirements and conditions

    107 Board may grant exemptions from registration and practising licence requirements and conditions
    • (1) The Board may,—

      • (a) by written notice to a person, exempt the person from compliance with—

        • (i) the minimum standards for registration that the person must meet in order to be registered as a registered person or issued with a practising licence or to obtain a renewal of a practising licence; and

        • (ii) any terms and conditions imposed by notices published under section 85 that must be complied with by the person; and

      • (b) by notice in the Gazette, exempt any class of persons from compliance with—

        • (i) the minimum standards for registration that those persons must meet in order to be registered as registered persons or issued with practising licences or to obtain renewals of practising licences; and

        • (ii) the terms and conditions imposed by notices published under section 85 that must be complied with by those persons.

      (2) The Board may grant an exemption subject to any terms and conditions that it thinks fit.

      (3) Each notice published in the Gazette under this section is a regulation for the purposes of the Regulations (Disallowance) Act 1989 but is not a regulation for the purposes of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

    Competence

    108 Competence programmes
    • (1) For the purpose of examining or improving the competence of persons who do, or assist in doing, prescribed electrical work, the Board may set or recognise competence programmes in respect of persons who—

      • (a) apply for practising licences or provisional licences; or

      • (b) hold practising licences or provisional licences; or

      • (c) apply for renewals of practising licences or provisional licences.

      (2) Any competence programme may be made to apply generally in respect of all of those persons, or in respect of a specified person, or in respect of any specified class of those persons.

      (3) However, a registered person may be required by the Board to complete a competence programme only if 1 or more of the following applies:

      • (a) the registration of the person or the practising licence held by the person is subject to a condition imposed by a notice published under section 85 that requires the person to complete a competence programme; or

      • (b) the person is required to complete a competence programme in accordance with an applicable minimum standard for registration; or

      • (c) the person is required to complete a competence programme in accordance with a requirement imposed by a notice published under section 85(1)(d); or

      • (d) the person is required to complete a competence programme under Part 11 (which relates to discipline).

      (4) Any competence programme may require a person to do 1 or more of the following, within the period, or at the intervals, prescribed in the programme:

      • (a) pass an examination:

      • (b) complete a period of practical training:

      • (c) complete a period of practical experience:

      • (d) undertake a course of studies:

      • (e) anything else that the Board considers appropriate.

      (5) The Board may specify a period within which the person to whom a competence programme applies must comply with the requirements of the programme.

      (6) The Board may exempt any person or class of persons from all or any of the requirements of a competence programme.

    109 Unsatisfactory results of competence programme
    • (1) If any person who is required to complete a competence programme does not satisfy the requirements of the programme, the Board may make 1 or more of the following orders:

      • (a) that the person's practising licence or provisional licence be subject to any condition that the Board considers appropriate:

      • (b) that the person's practising licence or provisional licence be suspended:

      • (c) that the person's application for a renewal of a practising licence or provisional licence be declined.

      (2) The Board may not suspend a licence under subsection (1) unless it has first—

      • (a) informed the person concerned why it may suspend the licence of that person; and

      • (b) given that person a reasonable opportunity to make written submissions and be heard on the question, either personally or by his or her representative.

      (3) The Registrar must ensure that a copy of the order made under subsection (1) is given to the person concerned.

      (4) An order made under subsection (1) takes effect from the day on which a copy of the order is given to the person concerned or from any date that is specified in the order, whichever is the later.

      (5) Any order made under subsection (1)(a) or (b) remains in effect until the time that the person concerned has satisfied all the requirements of the competence programme, and for that purpose the Board may extend the period within which the person is required to satisfy those requirements.

    Cancellation and suspension

    110 Cancellation and suspension generally
    • (1) The Board may cancel a person's registration, practising licence, or provisional licence—

      • (a) if the person, by written notice, requests that the Board do so; or

      • (b) if the Board believes on reasonable grounds that the person has died; or

      • (c) in accordance with section 112 (which concerns the cancellation of registration or of a licence if the registration or licence was obtained wrongfully); or

      • (d) in accordance with section 113 (which concerns the cancellation or suspension of an overseas qualification, certificate, registration, or licence); or

      • (e) in accordance with section 132 (which concerns the revision of the register); or

      • (f) in accordance with Part 11 (which concerns disciplinary proceedings).

      (2) If a person's registration is cancelled, the practising licence held by the person for the class of registration concerned (if any) is also cancelled.

      (3) The Board may suspend—

      • (a) a person's registration—

        • (i) in accordance with section 113 (which concerns the cancellation or suspension of an overseas qualification, certificate, registration, or licence); or

        • (ii) in accordance with Part 11 (which concerns disciplinary proceedings):

      • (b) a person's practising licence or provisional licence—

        • (i) in accordance with section 109 (which concerns competence); or

        • (ii) in accordance with section 113 (which concerns the cancellation or suspension of an overseas qualification, certificate, registration, or licence); or

        • (iii) in accordance with Part 11 (which concerns disciplinary proceedings).

      (4) The cancellation or suspension of the registration, practising licence, or provisional licence of a person under this Act does not affect that person's liability for any act or default occurring before the cancellation or suspension.

      (5) If a person is registered under this Part in respect of more than 1 class of registration, the Board may exercise its powers to cancel or suspend registration or a practising licence under this Act in respect of each of those classes or 1 or more of those classes as the Board thinks fit.

    111 Effect of suspension
    • (1) If a person's registration is suspended,—

      • (a) the person is not a registered person, for the class of registration concerned, for the period during which the registration is suspended; and

      • (b) the practising licence held by the person for the class of registration concerned (if any) is also suspended for the period during which the registration is suspended.

      (2) If a person's practising licence is suspended, the person—

      • (a) is not the holder of a current practising licence, for the class of registration concerned, for the period during which the licence is suspended; and

      • (b) is not authorised to do, or assist in doing, work under that licence for the period during which the licence is suspended.

      (3) If a person's provisional licence is suspended, the person—

      • (a) is not a provisional licence holder for the period during which the licence is suspended; and

      • (b) is not authorised to do, or assist in doing, work under that licence for the period during which the licence is suspended.

      (4) At the end of the period of suspension, the person's registration, practising licence, or provisional licence is immediately revived (unless there is some other ground to suspend or cancel the registration or licence).

      (5) Subsections (1) and (2) do not prevent the Registrar from including information in the register in relation to the person under section 128(1).

      (6) Subsection (3) does not prevent the Registrar from including information in the register in relation to the person under section 128(2).

    112 Board may cancel registration or licence if obtained wrongfully
    • (1) The Board may order the cancellation of a person's registration, practising licence, or provisional licence if it is satisfied that he or she—

      • (a) obtained registration or obtained the licence by making a false or misleading representation or declaration (whether oral or written); or

      • (b) was not entitled to be registered or issued with the licence.

      (2) The Board may not act under subsection (1) unless it has first—

      • (a) informed the person concerned why it may act under that subsection; and

      • (b) given that person a reasonable opportunity to make written submissions and be heard on the question, either personally or by his or her representative.

      (3) The Registrar must ensure that a copy of the order made under this section is given to the person concerned.

      (4) An order made under this section takes effect from the day on which a copy of the order is given to the person concerned or from any date that is specified in the order, whichever is the later.

    113 Cancellation or suspension of overseas qualification, certificate, registration, or licence
    • (1) The Board may review the registration, practising licence, or provisional licence of a person who was registered or issued with the licence by virtue of an overseas qualification, certificate, registration, or licence if satisfied that—

      • (a) the educational establishment that gave him or her an overseas qualification or certificate has cancelled or suspended it (or taken action equivalent to cancelling or suspending it); or

      • (b) an overseas authority that maintains a register of people registered or licensed as electrical workers has, as a result of disciplinary action taken against the person,—

        • (i) removed his or her name from that register; or

        • (ii) cancelled his or her licence; or

        • (iii) suspended his or her registration or licence; or

        • (iv) taken action equivalent to an action referred to in subparagraph (i) or (ii) or (iii).

      (2) The form of a review under this section is at the Board's discretion.

      (3) However, in conducting the review, the Board must give the person concerned—

      • (a) the particulars that are reasonably necessary to clearly inform the person of the substance of the grounds on which the Board has decided to carry out the review; and

      • (b) a reasonable opportunity to make written submissions and be heard on the question, either personally or by his or her representative.

      (4) After the review, the Board may, if it thinks fit,—

      • (a) order the suspension of the person's registration, practising licence, or provisional licence for any period it thinks fit; or

      • (b) order the cancellation of the person's registration, practising licence, or provisional licence.

      (5) The Registrar must ensure that a copy of the order made under subsection (4) is given to the person concerned.

      (6) An order made under subsection (4) takes effect from the day on which a copy of the order is given to the person concerned or from any date that is specified in the order, whichever is the later.

    Miscellaneous provision

    114 Board may delegate power to Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board to act under this subpart
    • (1) The Board may delegate any of the functions or powers of the Board under this subpart, either generally or specifically, to the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board.

      (2) The Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board may, unless the delegation provides otherwise, perform the function or exercise the power in the same manner, subject to the same restrictions, and with the same effect as if the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board were the Board.

      (3) If the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board purports to perform a function or exercise a power under a delegation, the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board—

      • (a) is, in the absence of proof to the contrary, presumed to do so in accordance with the terms of that delegation; and

      • (b) must produce evidence of its authority to do so, if reasonably requested to do so.

      (4) The Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board must—

      • (a) give effect to any direction given to it by the Board in relation to the performance of functions or the exercise of powers under this section; and

      • (b) notify the Board if it has registered a person or issued a licence under this Act.

      (5) No delegation under this section—

      • (a) affects or prevents the performance of any function or the exercise of any power by the Board; or

      • (b) affects the responsibility of the Board for the actions of the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board acting under the delegation; or

      • (c) is affected by any change in the membership of the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board or the Board.

    Subpart 2Employer licences

    115 Employer licence
    • (1) A person is, on application in the prescribed form (if any) and on payment of the prescribed fee (if any), entitled to be issued with an employer licence by the Board if the person satisfies the Board that the person will at all times maintain a system of operation—

      • (a) that complies with the requirements that are prescribed by regulations; and

      • (b) that is sufficient to ensure that employees of that person who do, or assist in doing, prescribed electrical work—

        • (i) are competent to carry out the range of work for which they are employed; and

        • (ii) receive the supervision and training that is necessary to ensure that the work—

          • (A) is carried out safely and competently; and

          • (B) complies with the requirements of this Act and any regulations.

      (2) However, a person is not entitled to be issued with an employer licence if the person is precluded from holding an employer licence because of any action taken by the Board under section 120.

      (3) The Board may impose in respect of any employer licence issued under this section any terms and conditions that the Board thinks fit (for example, by restricting the types of prescribed electrical work that may otherwise be done under the licence).

    116 Requirements treated as satisfied if person obtains certification from approved person
    • (1) A person must be treated as maintaining a system of operation described in section 115(1)(a) and (b) if an approved person, in the prescribed manner, certifies that the system of operation complies with those provisions, and issues a certificate to that effect in the prescribed form.

      (2) A certification under subsection (1) ceases to have effect if—

      • (a) the approved person, by notice in writing to the certificate holder, revokes the certificate; or

      • (b) the term of the certification comes to an end.

      (3) For the purposes of this section, approved person means—

      • (a) a person designated by regulations as an approved person:

      • (b) a member of a class of persons designated by regulations as a class of approved persons.

    117 Prescribed electrical work may be done under employer licence
    • (1) An employer licence authorises the licence holder to authorise any employee of that person to do, or assist in doing, any prescribed electrical work.

      (2) Any authority given under an employer licence to any person to do, or assist in doing, any prescribed electrical work is sufficient authority for the person so authorised to do or, as the case may be, assist in doing that work.

      (3) This section is subject to the terms and conditions imposed under section 115 and to any regulations.

    118 Duration of employer licence
    • An employer licence, unless it is sooner cancelled or suspended, is in force for the period (not exceeding 5 years) that is specified in the licence, and comes into force on the date of its issue.

    119 Renewal of employer licence
    • (1) Every employer licence, unless it has been cancelled, may from time to time be renewed in accordance with this section.

      (2) An application for the renewal of an employer licence must—

      • (a) be sent or delivered to the Registrar; and

      • (b) be in the prescribed form or, if there is no prescribed form, in the form required by the Board; and

      • (c) contain, or be accompanied by, the information and documentation required by the Board; and

      • (d) be accompanied by the prescribed fee (if any).

      (3) The Registrar must refer any application received by the Registrar under subsection (2) to the Board for consideration under this section.

      (4) On receiving an application under subsection (3), the Board may renew the employer licence to which the application relates for the period (not exceeding 5 years) that the Board thinks fit.

      (5) However, the Board must not renew an employer licence unless the Board is satisfied that the applicant meets all the requirements for the issue of an employer licence.

      (6) If an application for the renewal of an employer licence has been made but not dealt with before the licence expires, the licence continues in force until the application is dealt with by the Board, and any renewal in that case must take effect from the date on which the licence would (but for the renewal) have expired.

    120 Cancellation, suspension, and other actions in relation to employer licences
    • (1) The Board may (in relation to a matter raised by a complaint or by its own inquiries) take any of the actions referred to in subsection (2) in relation to an employer licence if it is satisfied that the employer licence holder—

      • (a) obtained the licence by making a false or misleading representation or declaration (whether oral or written); or

      • (b) was not entitled to be issued with an employer licence; or

      • (c) no longer meets all the requirements for the issue of an employer licence; or

      • (d) has failed to comply with any term or condition imposed by the Board in respect of that licence; or

      • (e) has failed to ensure that the prescribed electrical work done by employees of that person—

        • (i) is at all times carried out safely and competently; and

        • (ii) complies with the requirements of this Act and any regulations.

      (2) In any case to which subsection (1) applies, the Board may—

      • (a) do both of the following things:

        • (i) order that the employer licence be cancelled; and

        • (ii) order that the employer licence holder may not apply to be issued with an employer licence before the expiry of a specified period:

      • (b) order that the employer licence be suspended—

        • (i) for any period that the Board thinks fit; or

        • (ii) until the employer licence holder does any things that the Board may specify (for example, reviewing and improving safety procedures):

      • (c) order that the employer licence be restricted, for any period that the Board thinks fit, by limiting the prescribed electrical work that the employer licence holder may authorise an employee to do, or assist in doing, to the work that the Board may specify, and in imposing a limitation of this type the Board may also impose limitations on the circumstances in which an employee may do, or assist in doing, that work:

      • (d) order the employer licence holder to pay a fine not exceeding $50,000:

      • (e) order that the employer licence holder be censured:

      • (f) make no order under this subsection.

      (3) The Board may take only 1 type of action in subsection (2) in relation to a case, except that it may impose a fine under subsection (2)(d) in addition to taking the action under subsection (2)(b), (c), or (e).

      (4) No fine may be imposed under subsection (2)(d) in relation to an act or omission that constitutes an—

      • (a) offence for which the person has been convicted by a court; or

      • (b) infringement offence for which the person has been issued with an infringement notice and has paid an infringement fee.

      (5) The Board may take an action under this section whether or not the person is still an employer licence holder.

    121 Board must give employer licence holder reasonable opportunity to be heard
    • The Board must not take any of the actions referred to in section 120 unless it has first—

      • (a) informed the employer licence holder concerned as to why it may take any of those actions; and

      • (b) given that person a reasonable opportunity to make written submissions and be heard on the question, either personally or by that person's representative.

    122 Miscellaneous provisions concerning actions under section 120
    • (1) Every fine imposed under section 120 is recoverable in any court of competent jurisdiction as a debt due to the Board.

      (2) An order under section 120 takes effect on the day of the making of the order; but that fact does not make any person concerned liable to prosecution or disciplinary proceedings for any act done or omitted during any part of that day before the order was made.

      (3) If a person's employer licence is suspended, the person is not authorised under section 117 for the period for which the licence is suspended.

      (4) At the end of a period of suspension, the person's employer licence is immediately revived (unless there is some other ground to suspend or cancel that person's employer licence).

    123 Powers of inspection
    • (1) Every employer licence is subject to a condition that—

      • (a) any person authorised by the Board for the purpose may, for an authorised purpose, at any reasonable time, inspect any premises (not being a dwellinghouse) occupied by the employer licence holder, and for that purpose may enter and re-enter any place:

      • (b) the Board may, for an authorised purpose,—

        • (i) require the employer licence holder to produce for inspection, within any reasonable period that the Board may specify, any document or class of document in the possession or under the control of the employer licence holder, and may take copies of, or extracts from, any of those documents:

        • (ii) require the employer licence holder to provide, within any reasonable period that the Board may specify, any information or class of information that the Board may require.

      (2) If the employer licence holder breaches a condition expressed in subsection (1), the Board may act under section 120.

      (3) A person must give to the employer licence holder reasonable notice of that person's intention to enter any premises under subsection (1)(a), unless the giving of the notice would defeat the purpose of the entry.

      (4) Every person must, on entering any premises under subsection (1)(a), and when requested at any subsequent time, produce—

      • (a) evidence of that person's authority to enter the premises; and

      • (b) evidence of that person's identity.

      (5) The following are authorised purposes for the purposes of this section:

      • (a) the purpose of ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of the employer licence:

      • (b) the purpose of ensuring that the prescribed electrical work done by employees of the employer licence holder—

        • (i) is at all times carried out safely and competently; and

        • (ii) complies with the requirements of this Act and any regulations.

    Subpart 3Register of electrical workers

    124 Register of electrical workers
    • (1) The Board must establish and maintain, in accordance with this Act, a register of electrical workers.

      (2) The register must be kept by the Registrar.

    125 Registrar must enter matters in register
    • The Registrar must—

      • (a) enter in the register the information and documentation referred to in sections 128 and 129; and

      • (b) make any other entries in the register that may be required, permitted, or directed to be entered by or under this Act.

    126 Purpose of register
    • (1) The purpose of the register is—

      • (a) to enable members of the public to—

        • (i) determine whether a person is a registered person or holds a practising licence, provisional licence, or employer licence issued under this Part and, if so, the status and relevant history of the person's registration or licence; and

        • (ii) choose a suitable person to do electrical work; and

        • (iii) know how to contact a registered person or a provisional licence holder or an employer licence holder; and

        • (iv) obtain information concerning which persons have been disciplined under this Act within the last 3 years; and

      • (b) to enable members of the public to obtain information concerning whether or not a person has previously been registered under this Act or held a licence under this Act and, if so, the relevant history of the person's registration or licence; and

      • (c) to facilitate the administrative, disciplinary, and other functions of the Board, the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board, the Secretary, any investigator, and the Registrar under this Act.

      (2) This section is subject to section 137 (which allows the Registrar to restrict public access to certain information or documentation in certain circumstances).

    127 Form of register
    • (1) The register may be kept—

      • (a) as an electronic register; or

      • (b) in any other manner that the Registrar thinks fit.

      (2) The Registrar may keep the register in separate parts.

      (3) The register must be operated at all times unless—

      • (a) the Registrar suspends the operation of the register, in whole or in part, in accordance with subsection (4); or

      • (b) otherwise provided in regulations.

      (4) The Registrar may refuse access to the register or otherwise suspend the operation of the register, in whole or in part, if the Registrar considers that it is not practical to provide access to the register.

    128 Matters to be contained in register
    • (1) The register must contain all of the following information, to the extent that the information is relevant, for each registered person:

      • (a) full name; and

      • (b) street address, telephone number, and email address (if any); and

      • (c) the following information about the status and history of the person's registration and practising licence (if any):

        • (i) the class or classes of registration in respect of which the person is registered; and

        • (ii) the date on which the person was first registered in respect of each of those classes; and

        • (iii) whether, in respect of each of those classes, the person holds a current practising licence; and

        • (iv) the date on which the person was first issued with a practising licence for a particular class of registration; and

        • (v) the expiry date of each practising licence held by the person; and

        • (vi) a statement of the limitations subject to which the person is registered or a practising licence has been issued (if any); and

        • (vii) any conditions placed on the registration or licence of the person; and

        • (viii) any action taken under section 127 (as in force immediately before the commencement of this section) or section 147M on a disciplinary matter in respect of the person in the last 3 years; and

        • (ix) any current suspension, the ground under this Act for the suspension, its period, and any conditions for its termination; and

      • (d) information about any cancellation of the registration of the person or of any licence held by the person under this Act, including the ground under this Act for the cancellation.

      (2) The register must contain all of the following information, to the extent that the information is relevant, for each provisional licence holder and each employer licence holder:

      • (a) full name; and

      • (b) street address, telephone number, and email address (if any); and

      • (c) the following information about the status and history of the person's licence:

        • (i) the type of licence held by the person; and

        • (ii) the date on which the person was first issued with the licence; and

        • (iii) the period for which the licence has been issued; and

        • (iv) a statement of the limitations subject to which the licence has been issued (if any); and

        • (v) any conditions placed on the licence; and

        • (vi) any action taken under section 127 (as in force immediately before the commencement of this section) or section 120 or section 147M on a disciplinary matter against the person under this Act in the last 3 years; and

        • (vii) any current suspension, the ground under this Act for the suspension, its period, and any conditions for its termination; and

      • (d) information about any cancellation of the registration of the person or of any licence held by the person under this Act, including the ground under this Act for the cancellation; and

      • (e) the following information about an employer licence holder that is a body corporate:

        • (i) the full name of a contact person for the body corporate:

        • (ii) the company number or incorporation number of the body corporate (if any).

      (3) The register must contain—

      • (a) all of the information referred to in subsection (1), to the extent that the information is relevant, in relation to a person who was formerly a registered person; and

      • (b) all of the information referred to in subsection (2), to the extent that the information is relevant, in relation to a person who was formerly a provisional licence holder or formerly an employer licence holder; and

      • (c) all other information and documentation that is prescribed as information and documentation that must be included in the register.

      (4) The register may contain any other information or documentation that the Registrar considers necessary or desirable for the purposes of the register.

      (5) For the purposes of this section, disciplinary matter means an inquiry into, or complaint about, the conduct of a person, or a decision on that inquiry or complaint.

    129 Historical registration and licence information and documentation to be included in register
    • (1) This section applies to all of the information and documentation contained in the registers that were kept under section 87 (as in force immediately before the commencement of this section).

      (2) The information and documentation that this section applies to must be maintained as part of the register.

      (3) The inclusion of that information and documentation as part of the register—

      • (a) does not confer any rights or privileges on any person; and

      • (b) does not authorise any person to do prescribed electrical work or to assist in doing prescribed electrical work.

    130 Duty to notify change of address
    • (1) If a practising licence holder, a provisional licence holder, or an employer licence holder changes that person's street address that is recorded in the register, that person must, within 3 months after the change, notify the Registrar of that person's new street address.

      (2) The Registrar must enter the new address in the register.

      (3) Every person who breaches subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $500.

    131 Duty to notify change of name
    • (1) If a practising licence holder, a provisional licence holder, or an employer licence holder changes that person's name, that person must, within 1 month after the change, notify the Registrar of the person's new name.

      (2) If the Registrar is satisfied that a registered person, a provisional licence holder, or an employer licence holder has changed that person's name, or that it is wrongly entered in the register, the Registrar must correct the entry in the register relating to that person.

      (3) Every person who breaches subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $500.

    132 Revision of register
    • (1) The Registrar may at any time, and must if the Board directs, ask whether—

      • (a) a registered person wishes to have that person's registration or practising licence cancelled; or

      • (b) a provisional licence holder or an employer licence holder wishes to have that person's licence cancelled.

      (2) The Registrar must ask by letter addressed to the registered person, provisional licence holder, or employer licence holder at that person's last known street address.

      (3) If the registered person tells the Registrar in writing that the person wishes to have the person's registration or practising licence cancelled, the Board may order that the registration or practising licence be cancelled.

      (4) If the provisional licence holder or employer licence holder tells the Registrar in writing that the person wishes to have the person's licence cancelled, the Board may order that the licence be cancelled.

      (5) If the Registrar does not receive a reply to the letter within 3 months after it was posted, or if the letter is returned to the Registrar undelivered, the Registrar may give the registered person or provisional licence holder or employer licence holder notice in writing at that person's last known street address that the registration or practising licence (or both) of the registered person, or the licence of the provisional licence holder or employer licence holder, may be cancelled if that person does not respond within 20 working days after the date of the notice.

      (6) If the Registrar does not receive a reply within 20 working days after the date of the notice, the Board may order that—

      • (a) the registered person's registration or practising licence (or both) be cancelled; or

      • (b) the licence of the provisional licence holder or employer licence holder be cancelled.

    133 Restoration of registration or licence
    • (1) This section applies to a person if the person's registration or licence has been cancelled under section 110(1)(b) or section 132.

      (2) On the written application of a person to whom this section applies, the Registrar must restore the entry in the register relating to the person's registration or licence unless—

      • (a) the person is not entitled to be registered or issued with the licence; or

      • (b) the person is subject to pending disciplinary proceedings under Part 11; or

      • (c) the person is subject to an order under section 120(2)(a) or section 147M(1)(a).

    134 Board may direct Registrar to record cancellation, suspension, or order
    • The Board may direct the Registrar to enter in the register information relating to—

      • (a) a cancellation of registration or of a licence; or

      • (b) a suspension of registration or of a licence; or

      • (c) any decision, direction, or order made under section 120 or Part 11.

    135 Alterations to register
    • The Registrar may make any amendments to the register that are necessary to—

      • (a) reflect any changes in the information specified in section 128; or

      • (b) correct a mistake caused by any error or omission on the part of the Registrar or any person to whom the Registrar has delegated his or her functions, duties, or powers; or

      • (c) comply with a direction given by the Board.

    136 Register to be public
    • (1) The register must be open for public inspection during ordinary office hours at the place where it is kept.

      (2) The Registrar must, on payment of the prescribed fee (if any), supply—

      • (a) a copy of any entry in the register to any person requesting it; or

      • (b) a certified copy of any entry in the register to any person requesting it.

      (3) The fee charged under subsection (2)(a) must be not more than the fee that may be charged by a department of State for providing information under the Official Information Act 1982.

    137 Restricting public access to information and documents on register
    • (1) Despite section 136, the Registrar—

      • (a) may restrict public access to all or any of the information referred to in section 128(1)(b), (2)(b), or (2)(e)(i) in relation to a particular person if that person requires the Registrar to restrict public access to that information; and

      • (b) must restrict public access to any information or documentation referred to in section 128(1)(c)(viii), (2)(c)(vi), (3), or (4) or section 129 if—

        • (i) required to do so by regulations made under section 169; or

        • (ii) directed to do so by the Board.

      (2) For the purposes of subsection (1)(b), the Board may direct the Registrar to restrict public access to any information or documents referred to in that paragraph if, in the opinion of the Board, it is not necessary, or it is not desirable, for the information or documents to be publicly available.

    138 Search of register
    • A person may search the register in accordance with this Act or the regulations.

    139 Search criteria
    • The register may be searched only by reference to criteria to be specified in the regulations.

    140 Search purposes
    • A search of the register may be carried out only for a purpose referred to in section 126.

    141 When search constitutes interference with privacy of individual
    • A search of the register for personal information that has not been carried out in accordance with sections 138 to 140 constitutes an action that is an interference with the privacy of an individual under section 66 of the Privacy Act 1993.

    Part 11
    Disciplinary provisions

    Preliminary provisions

    142 Persons to whom this Part applies
    • This Part applies to the following persons:

      • (a) every registered person:

      • (b) every provisional licence holder:

      • (c) every person who is no longer a registered person but who was a registered person at the time of the relevant conduct:

      • (d) every person who is no longer a provisional licence holder but who was a provisional licence holder at the time of the relevant conduct:

      • (e) every person who is the subject of an order of the Board under this Part.

    143 Disciplinary offence
    • For the purposes of this Part, a person to whom this Part applies is guilty of a disciplinary offence if that person is found, in any proceedings under this Part, or in any appeal under Part 12,—

      • (a) to have carried out or caused to be carried out prescribed electrical work—

        • (i) in a negligent or incompetent manner; or

        • (ii) in a manner contrary to any enactment relating to electrical supply or prescribed electrical work that was in force at the time the work was done; or

      • (b) to have intentionally or negligently created a risk of serious harm to any person, or a risk of significant property damage, through—

        • (i) having used or caused to be used faulty or improper fittings; or

        • (ii) having carried out or caused to be carried out any prescribed electrical work; or

      • (c) to have failed to have complied with a term or condition of the person's registration or licence; or

      • (d) to have done prescribed electrical work that, under the terms of any restriction or limitation that applies to the prescribed electrical work that the person may do, the person is not authorised to do; or

      • (e) to have intentionally deceived or attempted to deceive any registered person who is authorised to test and certify prescribed electrical work by—

        • (i) purposely concealing inferior work or inferior fittings used as part of any works or electrical installation; or

        • (ii) making any false or misleading statement (whether in writing or not) to that person; or

      • (f) to have failed to provide any return required under any enactment relating to prescribed electrical work or to have provided a false or misleading return; or

      • (g) to have employed, directed, or permitted any unauthorised person to do any prescribed electrical work.

    Complaints

    144 Complaints
    • (1) Any person (including any person in the service of the Crown acting in his or her official capacity) may complain to the Board about the conduct of a person to whom this Part applies by making the complaint in the prescribed manner to the Registrar.

      (2) However, a complaint may not be made under subsection (1) by the Board, a member of the Board, or the Registrar.

      (3) The Registrar must, as soon as practicable after receiving a complaint,—

      • (a) inform the Secretary; and

      • (b) inform the person complained against of the general nature of the complaint.

      (4) However, if the Registrar is satisfied that the complaint is frivolous or vexatious,—

      • (a) subsection (3) does not apply; and

      • (b) section 145 does not apply; and

      • (c) the Registrar must inform the complainant that the complaint will not be investigated or proceeded with.

    Investigations

    145 Secretary must appoint investigator
    • (1) The Secretary must, as soon as practicable after being informed by the Registrar of a complaint, appoint an investigator to investigate the complaint.

      (2) The person appointed as the investigator must not be—

      • (a) a member of the Board; or

      • (b) the person who made the complaint.

      (3) The appointment must be made in accordance with regulations (if any).

      (4) No investigator is personally liable for any act done or omitted to be done by the investigator in good faith in the performance or intended performance of the functions, duties, or powers of the investigator under this Act.

      (5) The Secretary must pay to the investigator, by way of remuneration and expenses for his or her services, the sum that is agreed upon between the investigator and the Secretary.

    146 Investigation of complaint
    • (1) The investigator may require that a complaint be supported by any statutory declaration that the investigator thinks fit.

      (2) The investigator must—

      • (a) determine whether, in the investigator's opinion, the complaint should be considered by the Board; and

      • (b) report the investigator's findings to the Board.

      (3) The investigator may recommend that the Board make an order under section 147I in respect of the person complained against pending the determination of disciplinary proceedings against that person.

      (4) Before the investigator makes a determination that the complaint should be considered by the Board, the investigator or the Secretary—

      • (a) must send particulars of the complaint to the person complained against; and

      • (b) must give the person a reasonable opportunity to make written submissions and be heard on the matter, either personally or by that person's representative.

      (5) The Registrar must send a copy of the investigator's report under subsection (2) to the person complained against and to the complainant.

    147 Investigator's powers
    • (1) An investigator, for the purpose of investigating a complaint,—

      • (a) may, at any reasonable time, enter and re-enter any land or premises and—

        • (i) inspect and test any prescribed electrical work on that land or those premises that is, or is intended to be, connected to a power supply:

        • (ii) make any inquiries that are reasonably necessary to determine whether or not any prescribed electrical work on that land or those premises has been carried out in a competent and safe manner and in accordance with enactments relating to electrical supply or prescribed electrical work that were in force at the time the work was done; and

        • (iii) generally do any other things on that land or those premises that are reasonably necessary to enable the investigation to be carried out; and

      • (b) may, by written notice served on any person, require that person to—

        • (i) produce for inspection, within any reasonable period that the investigator may specify, any document or class of document in the possession or under the control of the person:

        • (ii) provide, within any reasonable period that the investigator may specify, any information or class of information that the investigator may require; and

      • (c) may take copies of, or extracts from, any of the documents referred to in paragraph (b).

      (2) Subsection (1)(a) applies in respect of dwellinghouses subject to section 147C.

      (3) Every person who is required to supply information or documents to an investigator has the same privileges in relation to the supply of the information or documents as witnesses have in any court.

    147A Secretary must supply warrant of authority
    • (1) The Secretary must supply to an investigator who intends to act under section 147(1)(a), a written warrant of authority that contains—

      • (a) a reference to that provision; and

      • (b) the full name of the investigator; and

      • (c) a statement of the powers conferred by that provision.

      (2) A person who does not have a warrant supplied under this section must not represent himself or herself to be the holder of a warrant supplied under this section.

      (3) Every person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 who—

      • (a) fails to comply with subsection (2); or

      • (b) impersonates or falsely pretends to be a person named in a warrant supplied under this section.

    147B Duties of investigator supplied with warrant of authority
    • (1) An investigator supplied with a warrant of authority under section 147A—

      • (a) must carry and produce the warrant in accordance with section 159(1)(d); and

      • (b) must, on the termination of his or her authority to act under section 147, surrender the warrant to the Secretary; and

      • (c) must not purport to act under a warrant after the termination of his or her authority to act under section 147.

      (2) Every person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 who fails to comply with subsection (1).

    147C Restriction on entry to dwellinghouse
    • (1) Despite section 147, an investigator may not enter a dwellinghouse without—

      • (a) the consent of the occupier of the dwellinghouse; or

      • (b) a warrant issued under subsection (2).

      (2) A District Court Judge, on the written application of the investigator, may, by warrant, authorise the investigator to enter a dwellinghouse.

      (3) The District Court Judge may authorise the investigator to enter a dwellinghouse under subsection (2)—

      • (a) only if the Judge is satisfied that—

        • (i) the proposed entry is necessary for the purposes of section 147; and

        • (ii) the investigator has taken all reasonable steps to obtain the consent of the occupier to the proposed entry; and

      • (b) subject to any conditions that the Judge thinks fit.

      (4) Section 159(1)(e) does not apply in relation to the powers referred to in section 147(1)(a).

    147D Investigator must give notice to occupier of dwellinghouse
    • An investigator must,—

      • (a) if he or she intends to apply for a warrant under section 147C, give the occupier of the dwellinghouse to which that application relates not less than 10 days' written notice of his or her intention to do so; and

      • (b) before he or she enters a dwellinghouse under the authority of a warrant under section 147C, give a copy of the warrant to the occupier of the dwellinghouse to which that warrant relates.

    147E Notices to supply information or documents
    • Any notice given by an investigator under section 147(1)(b) is sufficiently given if—

      • (a) it is in writing; and

      • (b) it is signed by the investigator; and

      • (c) it is given to the person or persons primarily concerned or to any person or organisation considered by the investigator to represent the person or persons primarily concerned.

    147F Offence to fail to comply with notice to supply information or document
    • (1) No person may,—

      • (a) without reasonable excuse, refuse or fail to comply with a notice under section 147(1)(b); or

      • (b) in purported compliance with the notice, supply information, or supply a document, knowing it to be false or misleading.

      (2) Every person who breaches subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 in the case of an individual, or $50,000 in the case of a body corporate.

    Consideration of complaint by Board

    147G Board must hold hearing if investigator reports that complaint should be considered by Board
    • (1) If the investigator reports that a complaint should be considered by the Board, the Board must hold a hearing to determine whether it should exercise its disciplinary powers under section 147M.

      (2) If the investigator reports that a complaint should not be considered by the Board, the Registrar must inform the complainant and the person complained against of that determination.

    147H Notice of disciplinary proceedings
    • (1) If the Board is required to hold a hearing in respect of any person, the Presiding Member of the Board must serve on the person concerned a notice—

      • (a) that contains a statement to the effect that the investigator the Board to exercise its powers under section 147M; and

      • (b) that contains the particulars that are reasonably necessary to clearly inform the person of the substance of the grounds believed to exist; and

      • (c) that specifies a date, being not less than 20 working days after the date of service of the notice, on which the Board intends to hear the matter.

      (2) The notice may require the person to whom the notice is addressed to notify the Board in writing, not later than 10 working days after the date of service of the notice, whether the person intends to appear before the Board at the hearing of the matter.

      (3) If the person fails to notify that person's intention under subsection (2), that person is entitled to appear and be heard at the hearing of the matter only on the conditions as to payment of costs and expenses or otherwise that the Board thinks fit.

      (4) Subsection (3) applies despite anything in section 147S or section 156.

      (5) Despite subsection (1)(c), the Board may hear the matter earlier than 20 working days after the date of service of the notice if the person concerned agrees.

    Interim suspension or disqualification

    147I Interim suspension or disqualification
    • (1) The Board may make an order under subsection (2)—

      • (a) before or after a notice has been served on a person under section 147H; and

      • (b) if it is satisfied that it is necessary to do so having regard to the need to protect the safety of members of the public.

      (2) An order under this subsection is either—

      • (a) an order suspending the person's practising licence or provisional licence; or

      • (b) an order disqualifying a person from doing, or assisting in doing, prescribed electrical work that the person would otherwise be authorised to do or assist in doing.

      (3) An order under subsection (2) continues in force until—

      • (a) the investigator determines that the complaint should not be considered by the Board; or

      • (b) the Board determines that it should not exercise its disciplinary powers under section 147M; or

      • (c) the Board does any of the things authorised by section 147M.

      (4) The Board may make an order under subsection (2) on the recommendation of the investigator or on its own motion.

      (5) Despite section 156, the Board is not required to give any notice to a person that it intends to make an order under subsection (2) in respect of that person.

    147J Form of interim suspension or disqualification order
    • (1) Every order made under section 147I must—

      • (a) be in writing; and

      • (b) contain a statement of the reasons on which it is based; and

      • (c) contain a clear statement of the right of the person in respect of whom it is made to apply to the Board for the revocation of the order; and

      • (d) be signed by the Presiding Member of the Board.

      (2) A copy of an order made under section 147I must be served by the Registrar on the person in respect of whom it is made.

    147K Revocation of interim suspension or disqualification
    • (1) A person in respect of whom an order is made under section 147I may apply to the Board for the revocation of the order.

      (2) An application under subsection (1) must be heard within 5 working days after it is received by the Board.

      (3) The Board may grant or refuse the application as it thinks fit.

      (4) The Board may, on its own motion, revoke an order made under section 147I.

    147L Board must take reasonable steps to hold hearing as soon as practicable if it makes interim suspension or disqualification order
    • (1) If the Board has made an order under section 147I in respect of a person, the Board must take reasonable steps to hold a hearing as soon as practicable after the making of that order.

      (2) Subsection (1) does not apply after the order made under section 147I is no longer in force.

      (3) This section is subject to section 147H

    Exercise of disciplinary powers

    147M Disciplinary powers of Board
    • (1) If the Board, after conducting a hearing, is satisfied that a person to whom this Part applies is guilty of a disciplinary offence, the Board may—

      • (a) do 1 or more of the following things:

        • (i) order that the person's registration or practising licence (or both) be cancelled:

        • (ii) order that the person's provisional licence be cancelled:

        • (iii) order that the person may not apply to be reregistered or re-licensed before the expiry of a specified period:

      • (b) order that the person's registration or practising licence (or both), or the person's provisional licence, be suspended—

        • (i) for any period that the Board thinks fit; or

        • (ii) until that person does 1 or more of the things specified in subsection (2):

      • (c) order that the person's registration or practising licence (or both), or the person's provisional licence, be restricted for any period that the Board thinks fit, in either or both of the following ways:

        • (i) by limiting the person to the work that the Board may specify:

        • (ii) by limiting the person to doing, or assisting in doing, work in certain circumstances (for example, by limiting the person to work only on approved premises or only in the employ of an approved employer):

      • (d) order that the person be disqualified from doing or assisting in doing prescribed electrical work that the person would otherwise be authorised to do in that person's capacity as a person to whom this Part applies—

        • (i) permanently, or for any period that the Board thinks fit; or

        • (ii) until that person does 1 or more of the things specified in subsection (2):

      • (e) order the person to do 1 or more of the things specified in subsection (2) within the period specified in the order:

      • (f) order the person to pay a fine not exceeding $10,000:

      • (g) order that the person be censured:

      • (h) make no order under this subsection.

      (2) The things that the person can be required to do for the purposes of subsection (1)(b), (d), and (e) are to—

      • (a) pass any specified examination:

      • (b) complete any competence programme or specified period of training:

      • (c) attend any specified course of instruction.

      (3) The Board may take only 1 type of action in subsection (1) in relation to a case, except that it may impose a fine under subsection (1)(f) in addition to taking the action under subsection (1)(b), (c), (e) or (g).

      (4) No fine may be imposed under subsection (1)(f) in relation to an act or omission that constitutes an—

      • (a) offence for which the person has been convicted by a court; or

      • (b) infringement offence for which the person has been issued with an infringement notice and has paid an infringement fee.

      (5) The Board must not exercise any authority conferred by this section in respect of any offence committed by any person before the date of that person's registration or, as the case may be, the date on which that person's provisional licence was issued if at that date the Board was aware of that person's conviction for that offence.

      (6) If a person is registered under Part 10 in respect of more than 1 class of registration, the Board may exercise its powers under subsection (1)(a) to (e) in respect of each of those classes or 1 or more of those classes as the Board thinks fit.

    147N Costs and expenses
    • In any case to which section 147M applies, the Board may order the person concerned to pay to the Board any sum that it considers just and reasonable towards the costs and expenses of, and incidental to,—

      • (a) the investigator's investigation of the complaint:

      • (b) the prosecution of the complaint by the investigator:

      • (c) the hearing by the Board.

    147O Enforcement of fines, costs, and expenses
    • Every fine imposed under section 147M, and any sum payable to the Board under section 147N, is recoverable in any court of competent jurisdiction as a debt due to the Board.

    147P Suspension, restriction, or disqualification may take effect immediately
    • (1) The Board may order that an order under section 147I or 147M(1)(b) to (d) take effect on the day of the making of the order.

      (2) If an order under section 147I or 147M(1)(b) to (d) takes effect on the day of the making of the order, that fact does not make the person concerned liable to prosecution or disciplinary proceedings for any act done or omitted during any part of that day before the order was made.

    147Q Effect of disqualification
    • (1) A person is not authorised to do or assist in doing prescribed electrical work for the period for which the person is disqualified from doing or assisting in doing that work.

      (2) At the end of the period of disqualification, the person's authorisation is immediately revived (unless there is some other ground to disqualify the person from doing or assisting in doing prescribed electrical work or the person's authorisation has otherwise ended).

    147R Consequences of failure to comply with order to pass examination, complete competence programme, or attend course of instruction
    • (1) If the Board makes an order under section 147M(1)(e) and the person concerned fails to comply with the order, the Board may make either or both of the following orders:

      • (a) that the person's registration, practising licence, or provisional licence be subject to any condition that the Board considers appropriate:

      • (b) that the person's registration, practising licence, or provisional licence be suspended.

      (2) The Board may not suspend registration or a licence under subsection (1) unless it has first—

      • (a) informed the person concerned why it may act in that manner; and

      • (b) given that person a reasonable opportunity to make written submissions and be heard on the question, either personally or by his or her representative.

      (3) The Registrar must ensure that a copy of the order made under subsection (1) is given to the person concerned.

      (4) An order made under subsection (1) takes effect from the day on which a copy of the order is given to the person concerned or from any date that is specified in the order, whichever is the later.

      (5) Any order made under subsection (1) remains in effect until the time that the person concerned has complied with the order under section 147M(1)(e), and for that purpose the Board may extend the period within which the person is required to comply with the order.

    Procedure and miscellaneous matters

    147S Right to appear and be heard
    • At a hearing held by the Board under this Part, the person to whom the hearing relates is entitled to appear and be heard, either personally or by the person's representative.

    147T Investigator to prosecute matter
    • (1) If the investigator reports that in the investigator's opinion a complaint should be considered by the Board, the matter must be prosecuted by the investigator at the hearing held by the Board under this Part (unless the Board orders otherwise).

      (2) The investigator may be represented by counsel or otherwise.

    147U Appointment of legal advisor to assist Board
    • (1) For the purposes of advising the Board on questions of law and procedure arising in proceedings under this Part, the Board may appoint an advisor who is a barrister or solicitor to attend the proceedings.

      (2) The Board must pay to the advisor, by way of remuneration and expenses for his or her services for the proceedings, the sum that is agreed upon between the advisor and the Board.

    147V Appointment of persons to assist investigator
    • (1) For the purposes of assisting the investigator in the performance of the investigator's functions under this Part, the Secretary may appoint any person (the appointed person) to assist the investigator.

      (2) The Secretary must pay to the appointed person, by way of remuneration and expenses for his or her services, the sum that is agreed upon between the appointed person and the Secretary.

      (3) No appointed person is personally liable for any act or omission done, in good faith, in the performance or exercise or intended performance or exercise of his or her functions or powers under this Act.

      (4) The investigator may delegate any of the functions or powers of the investigator, either generally or specifically, to the appointed person.

      (5) The appointed person may, unless the delegation provides otherwise, perform the function or exercise the power in the same manner, subject to the same restrictions, and with the same effect as if the appointed person were the investigator.

      (6) If the appointed person purports to perform a function or exercise a power under a delegation, the appointed person—

      • (a) is, in the absence of proof to the contrary, presumed to do so in accordance with the terms of that delegation; and

      • (b) must produce evidence of his or her authority to do so, if reasonably requested to do so.

      (7) No delegation under this section—

      • (a) affects or prevents the performance of any function or the exercise of any power by the investigator; or

      • (b) affects the responsibility of the investigator for the actions of the appointed person acting under the delegation.

    147W Evidence
    • In all proceedings under this Part, the Board may, subject to section 156, receive as evidence any statement, document, information, or matter that may in its opinion assist it to deal effectively with the matter before it, whether or not it would be admissible as evidence in a court of law.

    147X Board to have powers of commission of inquiry
    • (1) The Board has, for the purposes of any hearing under this Part, the same powers as are conferred on commissions of inquiry by sections 4 and 4B to 9 of the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908.

      (2) Sections 4 and 4B to 9 of the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908 apply to all persons involved in any capacity in any hearing held by the Board under this Part as if it were an inquiry conducted by a commission of inquiry under that Act.

    147Y Orders to be in writing
    • (1) Every order of the Board under section 147M must—

      • (a) be in writing; and

      • (b) contain a statement of the reasons on which it is based; and

      • (c) contain a clear statement of the right of the person in respect of whom it is made to appeal against the order, and the time within which notice of appeal must be given; and

      • (d) be signed by the Presiding Member of the Board.

      (2) A copy of every order of the Board under section 147M must be served by the Registrar on the person in respect of whom it is made, and takes effect—

      • (a) in accordance with section 147P; or

      • (b) from the day on which service is effected, or any later date that is specified in the order.

      (3) The Registrar must ensure that a copy of any order made under section 147M is given, as soon as practicable, to—

      • (a) the investigator who investigated the complaint; and

      • (b) the complainant (if any).

      (4) The Registrar must, if the Board so directs, give a copy of any order made under section 147M to the owner and to the occupier of the premises to which the complaint relates.

    147Z Publication of orders
    • (1) This section applies if—

      • (a) any decision or order has been made by the Board under this Part in respect of a person, and no appeal has been brought in respect of that decision or order within 20 working days after notice of the decision or order was given to the person; or

      • (b) an order has been made under Part 12 by any court in respect of a person.

      (2) The Registrar must, if the Board in its discretion so directs, cause a notice stating the effect of the decision or order, the reasons for the decision or order, and (unless the Board directs otherwise) the name of the person in respect of whom the decision or order was made, to be published in the Gazette and any other publications as may be directed by the Board.

      (3) This section is subject to any order of any court.

    Part 12
    Appeals

    147ZA Appeals
    • (1) A person who is dissatisfied with the whole or any part of any of the following decisions, directions, or orders may appeal to a District Court against the decision, direction, or order:

      • (a) any decision of the Board to decline to register the person or to decline to issue a licence to the person or to decline to renew the licence of the person:

      • (b) any decision of the Board to decline to issue a limited certificate under section 78 to the person or to decline to renew the limited certificate of the person:

      • (c) any decision of the Board to suspend or cancel the person's registration or licence:

      • (d) any decision of the Board to impose any term or condition in relation to the person's registration or licence or to vary any of those terms or conditions:

      • (e) any decision, direction, or order under any of sections 108, 109, 120, 133, 137, and 153 or Part 11 (except section 147C).

      (2) For the purposes of this Part, any decision of the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board acting under this Act must be treated as a decision of the Board.

      (3) Subsection (1) does not confer a right to appeal against a decision under any of sections 84 to 90.

    147ZB Time for lodging appeal
    • An appeal under section 147ZA must be brought within—

      • (a) 20 working days after notice of the decision, direction, or order was given to, or served on, the appellant; or

      • (b) any further time that a District Court may allow on application made before or after the expiration of that period.

    147ZC Procedure on appeal
    • (1) Every appeal under section 147ZA must be heard as soon as practicable after the appeal is lodged.

      (2) On the hearing of an appeal under section 147ZA, the District Court may—

      • (a) confirm, reverse, or modify the decision, direction, or order of the Board; or

      • (b) give any decision, or make any direction or order, that the Board could have given or made in respect of the matter.

      (3) Nothing in this section gives a District Court power to review any part of the decision, direction, or order of the Board other than the part against which the appellant has appealed.

      (4) Subject to section 147ZH, the decision of a District Court on any appeal under section 147ZA is final.

    147ZD Court may refer appeals back for reconsideration
    • (1) A District Court may in any case, instead of determining any appeal under section 147ZA, direct the Board to reconsider, either generally or in respect of any specified matters, the whole or any part of the matter to which the appeal relates.

      (2) In giving any direction under subsection (1), the District Court must—

      • (a) advise the Board of its reasons for so doing; and

      • (b) give to the Board any directions it thinks just as to the whole or any part of the matter that is referred back for reconsideration.

      (3) In reconsidering any matter referred back to the Board under subsection (1), the Board must have regard to the District Court's reasons for giving a direction under that subsection, and to the Court's directions under subsection (2).

    147ZE Costs
    • On any appeal under section 147ZA, a District Court may make an order for the payment, by the Board or the appellant, of the costs incurred in respect of the appeal by the other party to the appeal.

    147ZF Power of Court to prohibit publication of person's name or affairs
    • (1) On any appeal under section 147ZA, a District Court may, if in the Court's opinion it is proper to do so having regard to the interests of any person and to the public interest, make an order prohibiting the publication of the name or particulars of the affairs of any person.

      (2) Every person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 who commits a breach of any order made under subsection (1) or evades or attempts to evade the order.

    147ZG Decision to continue in force pending appeal
    • Subject to any order of the Court, every decision, direction, or order of the Board against which an appeal is lodged under section 147ZA continues in force and has effect according to its tenor pending the determination of the appeal.

    147ZH Appeal on question of law
    • (1) If, in respect of any appeal under section 147ZA, the Board or the appellant is dissatisfied with any decision of the District Court as being erroneous in point of law, the Board or the appellant may appeal to the High Court by way of case stated for the opinion of that Court on the question of law only.

      (2) Every appeal under this section must be heard and determined in accordance with rules of court.

      (3) However, Part 4 of the Summary Proceedings Act 1957 (including the other provisions of that Act which are applied in that Part), so far as it relates to appeals by way of case stated on questions of law only, applies, so far as it is applicable and with all necessary modifications, to every appeal under this section.