Mandatory wiring rules from 1 January 2019
The wiring rules are essential for electricians, inspectors and regulators, as they specify the electrical installation safety requirements for all premises in Australia & New Zealand.
Compliance with the new wiring rules will be applied on a mandatory basis in accordance with relevant State legislation from 1 January 2019.
The 2018 edition of Electrical installations (Australian/NewZealand Wiring Rules 3000:2018, is now available. The rules have been developed by Standards Australia in collaboration with industry experts and government.
Key changes to the Wiring Rules Standard include:
- New and revised definitions
- Residual Current Devices (RCD) required for all domestic and residential final sub-circuits
- Additional requirements for RCDs for non-domestic installations
- Additional requirements for clearance in switch rooms
- Improved installation safety requirements for cables
- Revised requirements for soft wiring
- Enhanced safety requirements for recessed luminaires
- Isolator requirements for water heaters, air conditioning and heat pump equipment
- Earthing requirements for outbuildings clarified and expanded
- Damp situations expanded to include different shower head configuration
- Distributors and generation systems in classified zones clarified
- Clarification of requirements for lifts which are not safety services
- Enhanced protection for arcing faults
- Guidelines for electric vehicle charging
- Updated and expanded appendices.
The 2007 edition of the Wiring Rules is available from SAI Global and remains in effect until 31 December 2018.
The Quick Reference Guide - Wiring Rules 2018 and Electrical Safety Standards is also available on the SAI Global website.