News & Views

20th February 2018

NECA successfully negotiates extension to Building Wiring Cable compliance rules

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) has successfully negotiated an extension to new Building Wiring Cable requirements with NSW Fair Trading.

Building Wiring Cable became a declared electrical article in NSW in 2017, required to carry an electrical safety approval mark from 29 January 2018. 

NECA members and industry suppliers raised concerns about the practicality and ability to stamp products with the electrical safety approval mark by this date. 

Negotiations between Oliver Judd, NECA NSW Executive Director, Suresh Manickam National CEO NECA and NSW Fair Training reached an agreement to extend the time up to 1 July 2018 for suppliers and wholesalers to ensure that cable in the marketplace is approved and stamped.

An Exemption Order has now been approved which allows the sale of declared Building Wiring Cable without electrical safety approval marking through until 1 July 2018 – provided the cable is compliant to all other requirements and standards.

From 1 July this year, all declared Building Wiring Cable sold in NSW must fully comply with all requirements of the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2004 at the time of sale. This includes having the electrical safety approval marking on the product.

“NECA has listened closely to the concerns of the electrotechnology sector and we have negotiated a time extension for the application of the electrical safety approval marking,” said Suresh Manickam CEO.

“This gives NECA members, and the sector across NSW, an additional five months to prepare for these important new requirements.”

Oliver Judd, NECA NSW Executive Director said he was pleased with the outcome but encouraged members, wholesalers and suppliers to be fully prepared for the changes by July. “While we have been able to gain an extension of time for the application of the approval marking thanks to our strong relationship with NSW Fair Trading, the Department has advised us that no further exemptions will be granted.”

“I encourage all NECA NSW members to be fully across this requirement so that full compliance with the legislation can be achieved by 1 July this year.”

NSW Fair Trading has issued an information sheet outlining the requirements (attached).

 

-ENDS-

NECA media contact Lynda Proude 0458 726 355, lynda.proude@neca.asn.au ski

Notes for editors

1. NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications

contractors Australia-wide.

2. Membership comprises over 5,000 contracting companies with over 50,000 employees.

3. NECA wholly-owns Registered Training Organisations and Group Training Organisations in

NSW, VIC & WA, the EcoSmart Electricians initiative, ACRS (a national cabling registrar)

and has a joint venture with NESS Super in NSW.

4. NECA employs around 2,000 apprentice electricians, training a further 2,000.

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