I don't know about our Aussie members, but there are [possible] moves afoot to bring such legislation into more meaningful play over here.
I have a colleague in the HSE and she has told me that they are formulating some kind of plan to press for regular testing and tagging - probably every 6 months. This would apply to ANY equ. used for trade purposes, whether fixed/portable, sole or not - in line with SAW legislation.
I don't have any qualms about it personally, although I think the Au regime is a tad prescriptive at one month! I test all my gear pretty regularly; probably three times a year or if it gets dropped/wet etc. Have already surprised myself having to fail a much-loved drill !!
However, it's one thing to test your own stuff for nothing - quite another to pay £££s for someone else to to it; especially if they're not sparkies with a PAT box.
I must admit I tend to concentrate the testing on the 240V stuff and not so much on the 110V.
Why does the UK 110VCT tranny fail in Oz? What do they do with theirs?
Like Paul says; lets hear it from the Aussie colleagues!!
[This message has been edited by uksparky (edited 08-04-2004).]