Revamp of home cabling rules suggested

Revamp of home cabling rules suggested

The Australian Comm­unications Authority (ACA) has released suggested updates to current comm­unications cabling regulations. The changes could potentially affect

organisations involved in the fitting and maintenance of wiring in home automation projects.

The existing cabling provider rules (CPR), part of the Telecommunications Act 1997, have not been reviewed since inception in 2000, and will be updated to include regulation of customer cabling in the home automation market.

Grouped by the ACA into Smart Wiring and Home Automation, the technology currently falls outside the restricted category of cabling work, but still requires registration for companies to undertake work.

Current rules mean public, private property and lift cabling are regulated and require accreditation and adherence to specific guidelines.

The restricted category covers most cabling in residential properties and could possibly be extended to cover the low-voltage systems found in home installations.

The ACA will also be deciding whether to broaden or narrow scope of exclusions to the rules, if new categories of work should be added and whether the registration system should be revamped. Companies involved in the installation of home automation systems should contact the ACA with their views on the suggested updates, customer cabling manager, Peter Sutton, said.

The paper outlining the changes is available on the ACA website, and the closing date for comment on the suggested updates is November 30.

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