Just as any legal documentation the wiring rules is subject to change and should be in effect late 2019. The wiring rules is basically the Law book for Electricians. Don’t risk it when hiring electricians, get one that is qualified for the job and knows the do’s and don’ts!

A note on the regulatory status of AS/NZS 3000:2018

A new edition of AS/NZS 3000:2018 (the ‘wiring rules’) has been published. It is likely AS/NZS 3000:2018 will be adopted into the Regulations to replace AS/NZS 3000:2007 in late 2019.

Work Safe is considering a 12-month transition because none of the changes in AS/NZS 3000:2018 are necessary to address any critical safety issues.

The Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 cite AS/NZS 3000:2007 including its Amendments 1 and 2. This means the 2007 standard must be used to ensure compliance with the Regulations, until the Regulations are updated to cite the 2018 edition.

AS/NZS 3000:2018 also contains some provisions different to AS/NZS 3000:2007 requirements. For example, the use of AS/NZS 3000:2018 before its inclusion in the Regulations may not comply with the provisions relating to domestic down-lights installation under AS/NZS 3000:2007 and therefore could constitute an offence.

Standards Australia are likely to make amendments to AS/NZS 3000:2018 to include provisions to address aspects not yet accounted for in AS/NZS 3000:2018. Regulatory recognition of AS/NZS 3000:2018, along with any amendments, at the end of 2019, will avoid two rule changes in a short timeframe.

Details of how AS/NZS 3000:2007 is applied can be found in Schedule 2 of the Regulations.

Article adapted from the Work Safe and EWRB website