National Building Wiring Cable Requirements

March 6, 2018

Building Wiring Cable sold in NSW must comply with all requirements of the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2004.

Early last year, NSW Fair Trading changed its declared article list to include Building Wiring Cable. To allow industry sufficient time to comply with the new requirements, NSW Fair Trading determined the date of application as 29 January 2018. An extension in relation to approval markings has been issued until 1 July 2018. 

As a declared article, all relevant cable sold in NSW must be independently certified that it meets the requirements of the relevant Australian Standard (AS/NZS 5000.1 or AS/NZS 5000.2). And to indicate that a cable has certification, the 'electrical safety approval mark' is to be printed on the cable. In NSW either the Regulatory Compliance Mark or the certificate approval number is accepted as the approval mark. 

This introduction was in response to the problems of compliance currently in the market including a major recall of Infinity cable. If you are a builder or electrician and have installed any recalled cables in the last six years, be sure to follow the important steps outlined by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

In accordance with the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act, declared electrical articles and list of are published in the NSW Gazette. This includes a full list of declared articles, together with their definitions and associated Australian safety standards.

Requirements may differ per State, contact your local State regulator for more information.

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Source: and NSW Gazette No 31 of 10.3.2017, p 620.