Buying electrical equipment online and secondhand

Buying electrical equipment online

Be careful when buying electrical equipment online because some of the items for sale on the internet do not meet Australian safety standards.

Example: electrical equipment must be suitable to be used with 230 V and be fitted with an Australian 3 pin plug.

Always ask the seller for evidence that the electrical equipment complies with Australian Standards and is safe to use in Australia.

For further advice when purchasing electrical goods online Contact us.

Secondhand electrical equipment

Retailers including tip shops and antique stores who sell second-hand electrical articles must ensure that electrical articles have a label:

  • stating that the electrical article has not been tested to ensure it can be safely operated or
  • the article has been tested certifying that the electrical equipment has been tested by a competent person and found to be safe.