YES, if they are already the holder of a recognised trade qualification.
Why? This licence is issued where the recognised tradesperson in the course of their normal work would require disconnecting and reconnecting permanently connected electrical equipment they are working on. Examples are plumbers replacing hot water services and for refrigeration mechanics, replacement of air conditioning units.
NO, if your employee does not hold a recognised trade qualification.
Why? The employee needs to have a recognised trade qualification that would require the need for the restricted licence to perform their normal duties.
This disconnect/reconnect licence is restricted, not only for who can undertake the work, but also the type of work being performed. This licence does not give permission or the skills necessary to do fixed electrical wiring work that only an electrician is trained, qualified and licenced to complete. In my experience over the years, it is obvious that some “fridgies” and plumbers who obtain this restricted licence think that they are electricians and install wiring, replace circuit breakers and isolators including other electrical work. I have heard many unqualified persons saying that they can do electrical work because they believe that the work is easy, “it’s only three wires”, and they don’t want to pay an electrician as they cost too much. Of course, it doesn’t help that electrical equipment such as power points, circuit breakers and conduit to name a few are available for sale to the general public or other tradespersons. There are no laws stopping the sale of such equipment either. In effect the general public can buy most of the equipment from a hardware store or electronics store to complete a house from construction to fit off. As I was told by a colleague many years ago, red to black, blue to bits!
A warning to anyone that undertakes electrical work without a licence, there is not only a safety risk to yourself, but the financial penalties are harsh and if injury or death occurs then criminal penalties will apply as well.
There are different requirements in the ACT, NSW, Queensland and Tasmania outlining who can apply for the restricted disconnect/reconnect licence. See the attached links for advice from the regulators.