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Important update to the prescribed item list

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Important update to the prescribed item list

Building wiring has now been added to the prescribed items list and now requires approvals before it can be imported and or sold.
As an electrical contractor and purchaser of building wiring we recommend that you ensure that you check with your suppliers that the building wiring you are purchasing has the appropriate approvals as required.

The following details the approvals requirements for building wiring.

Prescribed Articles List - Level 3 equipment 

The appliances prescribed by the Director of Energy Safety are those listed as “Level 3” in Appendix B Table B.4 of AS/NZS 4417.2:2012 ‘Regulatory compliance mark for electrical and electronic equipment Part 2: Specific requirements for particular regulatory applications’. 

Level 3 is classified as potentially high risk equipment, and must meet the following requirements: 

    a)   be linked to a registered Responsible Supplier; 
    b)   be registered on the National Database; 
    c)   have a valid Certificate of Conformity (Certificate) from a recognised certifier; and 
    d)   be marked with the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM).

Building Wiring is defined as;

AS/NZS 4417.2:2012 amendment 2016 defines building wiring as follows: 

An electric cable that:

    a)   has 1–5 conductors of stranded or solid cores of copper conductors;
    b)   has an insulated and laid up flat or circular configuration;
    c)   is sheathed or unsheathed insulated cable;
    d)   is intended for use at a rated voltage of between 200 and 250 V, single phase,
          or between 350 and 450 V, multi-phase, rms, a.c., between conductors or to earth;
    e)   is intended for use in buildings or similar structures; and
          has a nominal cross-sectional area per conductor from 0.5 mm2 to 16 mm2;

but does not include—

    f)   armoured, metallic screened and metal sheathed cables.

Class specification:

For working voltages up to 0.6/1 (1.2) kV—AS/NZS 5000.1
For working voltages up to 450/750 V—AS/NZS 5000.2
Protect yourself and your customers by only purchasing approved building wiring and ensure your supplier will honour a recall of any non-compliant or faulty building wiring.

To download a copy of the fact sheet from EnergySafety click here.


Noel Higgins
WA State Manager

Master Electricians Australia

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