The ACMA made the Telecommunications (Types of Cabling Work) Declaration 2013 (the Declaration) on 23 October 2013 to replace the previous 1997 version. The Declaration is used to specify that certain kinds of cabling work are types of cabling work for the purposes of Division 9 of Part 21 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (the Act).
The Declaration derives the scope of 'regulated' cabling work by specifying that any cabling work that is not listed in Schedule 1 of the Declaration is subject to cabling regulation as specified in the Act. In practice this means that means that any cabling work not listed in Schedule 1 of the Declaration must be undertaken or directly supervised by a registered cabling provider and performed in accordance with the Wiring Rules.
The Act defines cabling work as the installation, connection or maintenance of customer cabling. Customer cabling includes 'associated customer cabling product'.
The main differences between the Declaration and the previous Declaration relate to cabling work that involves the connection of customer equipment using 'plug-and-play' pre-terminated patch cords, leads, adaptors or extension cords (referred to in the Declaration as 'associated customer cabling product' and in the previous Declaration as 'associated customer equipment') by any person.
The Declaration now clarifies the exemption for unskilled persons to connect compliant pre-terminated 'plug-and-play' associated customer cabling product without the requirement to engage the services of a registered cabling provider. However, the exemption does not allow the connection of associated customer cabling product where any part of the cabling is concealed within roof, ceiling or wall cavities. Where the concealment of associated customer cabling product within the cavities of a building is required, a registered cabling provider must be used for the work to comply with the Act.
A number of other editorial amendments have also been made to update relevant definitions.
More information is available in the Explanatory Statement.