Standards Australia announced today that the 2018 edition of AS/NZS 3000:2018, Electrical Installations (known as the Wiring Rules) has been published in Australia and New Zealand.
The new standard, created through collaboration between industry and government, has now been published with key updates in important areas, such as main switches, residual current devices (RCDs) and DC wiring systems.
Standards Australia’s General Manager, Strategy and Public Affairs, Adam Stingemore said he was pleased the 2018 edition of the Wiring Rules is now available, because compliance with standards in the electrical sector is a key element of safety in the community and industry.
“Electrical standards are an important part of the industry. The technology and recognised best practice change over time, so it is important that we have appropriate standards for practitioners.”
This release has become even more critical in recent days, following illegal activity that has resulted in an unauthorised pre-publication draft of the new standard being uploaded and circulated on social media.
“As this is not an official Standards Australia publication, it is extremely important that licensed practitioners do not use this ‘pirated’ document, as it is simply not accurate, it is uncontrolled, and able to be edited by anyone.
“Anyone who thinks they are covered by using this document may be putting employees, customers and community lives at risk, not to mention their own lives and livelihoods. Our primary concern is the safety of the community and practitioners,” Mr Stingemore said.
Standards Australia cautioned all users to access only the official Standards Australia publication through official channels. The new standard is available in Australia from SAI Global.