The ACMA is responsible for regulating and monitoring telecommunications cabling in Australia.
The Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2014 (CPRs) regulate the cabling industry and replaced the previous cabler licensing system with an industry-managed registration scheme.
CPRs ensure that minimum cabling requirements are in place to promote safety and maintain network integrity.
The major requirements of CPRs are that:
- All customer cabling work in the telecommunications, fire, security and data industries must be performed by a registered cabler.
- Depending on the cabling work performed, cablers must obtain either an Open, Restricted or Lift registration that meets the ACMA's training competency requirements.
- Cabling work must comply with the industry standard AS/CA S009:2013 Installation requirements for customer cabling (wiring rules). The wiring rules detail the minimum requirements for cabling installations to ensure that network integrity and the health and safety of end-users, other cablers and carrier personnel is protected.
- A key requirement of the Wiring Rules is that telecommunications cabling is adequately separated or segregated from electrical cabling to avoid the potentially hazardous situation where simultaneous penetration from nails, screws, drills, saws and other sharp objects may cause harmful electrical current to appear on the telecommunications cable .
- Cablers are required to install only cabling product (including cable) and customer equipment that complies with the requirements of the Telecommunications (Labelling Notice for Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Instrument 2015 (the TLN).
- Cablers must, at the completion of each cabling task, provide the client with a job sign-off form such as a Telecommunications cabling advice form - TCA1 form (PDF 42 kb or Word 329 kb).
- Registered cablers must directly supervise an unqualified cabler's cabling work. This is known as the supervision rule.
- Under the supervision rule, a registered cabler must accept full responsibility for the work done by an unqualified cabler and ensure that it fully complies with the wiring rules including signing the TCA1 form.
- Cablers must provide all reasonable cooperation and assistance to ACMA inspectors and cabling auditors. Cablers can be subject to fines if they do not abide by their registration conditions.
- Cablers are required to notify their registrar of any change of contact details within 21 days.
This is a brief overview of the CPRs and does not list all the obligations and responsibilities of cablers performing telecommunications cabling work. Cablers should make themselves familiar with the requirements of the Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2014.
Please note: This document is intended as a guide only. For this reason, the information should not be relied on as legal advice or regarded as a substitute for legal advice in individual cases.