New Wiring Rules become mandatory from 1 January 2019

Friday, 21 December, 2018

New Wiring Rules become mandatory from 1 January 2019

The National Electrical and Contractors Association (NECA) is reminding electrical contractors that AS/NZS 3000:2018 becomes mandatory from 1 January 2019.

The updated Wiring Rules specify the electrical installation safety requirements for all premises in Australia and New Zealand. The new edition is a revision of the 2007 edition, with 200 new changes including new technology, equipment and improved installation techniques, said NECA in a statement.

Changes include:

  • new mandatory RCD requirements
  • new electric vehicle socket outlet requirements
  • improved installation requirements for cables that pass through bulk thermal insulation
  • new clauses on arc fault detection devices
  • enhanced switchboard installation requirements
  • revised requirements for lighting and also for cooking appliance switching
  • improved safeguards bringing industry requirements in line with best practice.

To ensure that the industry is up to speed, NECA is holding AS/NZS 3000:2018 training sessions.

Presented by NECA's two top experts in the electrical industry, Owen Leslie and Leon Dickson, the sessions will feature a range of topics relevant to the new AS/NZS 3000:2018 Wiring Rules book. Handouts of the updates to the standard will be given at the training session.

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