Strict Cabling Laws

  • Dec 19, 2019

Strict Cabling Laws

Australia has some of the strictest cabling laws in the world.

It is illegal for registered cablers to make patch leads.

Data cabling itself is illegal, unless performed by a registered cabler.

The 2019 version of AS/CA S009

"an unregistered cabling provider, undertaking any cabling work, must be supervised at all times while performing cabling work, by a suitably registered cabling provider."

Services provided by a registered cabler

Phones and internet
  • extra phone sockets in existing networks for phones, faxes or internet connections
  • cabling and sockets for additional phone lines with a new number (then you call your chosen phone company to ask them to connect to their network)
  • data cabling for computers that connect to the network
  • connecting from an NBN modem to data or voice cabling, but only after your telecommunications carrier has connected the NBN modem
Security and alarm systems
  • monitored security systems or fire alarms
New buildings and renovations
  • communications cabling in new houses and offices (then you call your chosen phone company to ask them to connect to their network)
  • rewiring cabling and sockets for renovations

source: https://www.acma.gov.au/cabling-your-home-or-office

Reasons for the strict cabling rules

To set minimal requirements to ensure safety and integriry of a cabling installation and of the telecommunications network.

These new energy classifications will see power exceeding 100W being delivered over telecommunication cabling with commercially available products that are now available, delivering digital power of 1,000W at 2,000m over a single pair.

The major concerns are Electrical Safety and Heat Rise.

Wiring Rules

"a cabling provider who is performing or supervising the performance of cabling work must ensure that the cabling work being undertaken complies with the Wiring Rules."

Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2014

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