Residual Current Devices (RCD)

RCD Testing

RCD Safety Switch Install and Maintenance

Fixed RCDs must be tested by a fully licensed electrician, employed by fully licensed and insured electrical contracting company.  Please note that many test & tag companies in Queensland are only licensed to test portable appliances.  Testing fixed RCDs may be outside the scope of their licence restrictions.  To check if your electrical contractor is fully licensed to perform this testing, please visit the Queensland Electrical Safety Office and enter their licence number.

This information can be viewed here – QLD Electrical Licence Search



Synergy Trades Group ensure that you remain safe from any electrical hazard potential


Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit to prevent injury or even death. They automatically shut off your electricity supply when current leak is detected from faulty switches, wiring or electrical appliances in your home. This stops the chance of electrocution or electric burns caused by current flowing to the earth.


The Queensland Electrical Safety Regulation requires workplaces to have Residual Current Devices. RCDs (also known as safety switches) provide protection against electric shock in the event of electric fault. Regular trip time testing is mandated in the Queensland Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 to ensure these devices provide adequate protection.​


Safety switches need to be tested regularly to ensure the mechanism continues to work freely and is not clogged with dirt or other foreign matter. Synergy Trades Group are qualified in safety switch testing and upgrades and undertake this important process with precision.​

Residential and Commercial RCD's

Synergy Trades Group specialises in electrical installations, repairs, and maintenance for residential and commercial customers on the Sunshine Coast. Get quality service you can count on and choose our reputable electricians.


Have more questions about RCDs and how Synergy Trades Group can assist you?  Reach out to us today.

In most cases, RCDs must be tested every six (6) months.  Please note that RCDs on construction sites have a more rigorous testing regime that incorporates daily mechanical (push button) testing before use.

Section 165 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 states that “A person with management or control of a workplace must take all reasonable steps to ensure that residual current devices used at the workplace are tested regularly to ensure that the devices are operating effectively”.  

This information can be viewed here.

In Queensland, RCDs must be installed to protect all socket outlets in Workshops and Factories.  RCDs installed in these types of environments must be tested every six (6) months AND all portable electrical appliances must be tested and tagged. Our team at Synergy Trades Group can assist you with performing a risk assessment and step you through the process.

The installation of RCDs in low risk working environments (such as offices) may eliminate the requirements to test and tag portable appliances provided these RCDs are regularly tested.  Synergy Trades Group recommends a holistic approach and best practice would suggest appliances are tested and tagged AND circuits are RCD protected AND RCDs are regularly tested with an operating trip time test.

Synergy Trades Group recommends clients document a risk assessment before any decisions are made.  Our highly skilled team can assist you with this process.

Get Started Today

For professional service and exceptional results, contact Synergy Trades Group now.