Update on Australian Cabling Declaration

In BICSI Bytes, Newsby info@bicsi.com.au

By law, any extra low voltage (ELV) cabling that has the potential to be connected to the network (PSTN or broadband) can only be installed by a Registered Cabler. This has been the case for over 20 years, but there has been some confusion over the few exemptions to this regulation, so the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has referred us to the Telecommunications Act (1997) for a primer on exactly what is excluded from the Wiring Rules under a legal instrument called the ‘Telecommunications (Types of Cabling Work) Declaration 2013’.

Below are extracts from the Declaration that outline what cabling is exempt from the Wiring Rules:

  1. Customer cabling to be used by broadcasters or narrowcasters.
  2. Customer cabling to be used by a criminal law-enforcement agency under a warrant issued under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or Territory.
  3. Customer cabling for a temporary field telecommunications facility that is to be used by the Department of Defence or the Defence Force.
  4. Cabling work that involves connecting labelled customer cabling products that are not concealed in a building cavity. Examples include: leads/cords pre-terminated with ‘RJ’ plugs to connect ‘plug-and-play’ equipment (eg. modems, routers and printers) to computer networks; cross-connections on patch panels; and pre-terminated extension leads to connect telephone handsets to the PSTN.
  5. Cabling work for the sole purpose of inspecting, testing and maintaining automatic fire sprinkler systems in accordance with AS 1851-2012; and that involves the disconnection/reconnection of terminal wiring at discrete mechanical or electrical interfaces or peripheral equipment, to check correct operation of indicators at indicator panels, test water-flow alarm switches and water-pressure alarm switches, check correct operation of isolation-valve monitors, check output of auxiliary fire-trip switches and alarm switches, or replace any faulty peripheral equipment found during the checking or testing.
  6. Cabling work for the sole purpose of inspecting, testing and maintaining fire-detection and alarm systems in accordance with AS 1851-2012; and that involves the disconnection/reconnection of fire detectors and bases in alarm-zone circuits to confirm that fault and alarm signals register at the appropriate alarm-zone facility, or replacing any faulty peripheral equipment found during the confirmation testing.
  7. Cabling work for the sole purpose of inspecting, testing and maintaining emergency warning and intercommunication systems (EWIS) in accordance with AS 1851-2012; and that involves the disconnection/reconnection of terminal wiring at discrete mechanical or electrical interfaces, or at any peripheral equipment, testing the equipment, or replacing faulty equipment found during the testing.
  8. Cabling work for the sole purpose of inspecting, testing and maintaining pump-set systems in accordance with AS 1851-2012; and that involves the disconnection/reconnection of terminal wiring at discrete mechanical or electrical interfaces or peripheral equipment, checking operation of pump-set starting devices and status indicators, checking correct operation of any facilities installed for the continuous monitoring of isolation valves, or replacing any faulty peripheral equipment found during the checking.
  9. Cabling work that involves the installation or maintenance of customer cabling for use in relation to broadcasting content for the duration of a significant event; and is for connection to a telecommunications network in accordance with the written consent of the manager of the network; and will be completely removed from the various locations of the significant event at the end of the significant event.