This page should be read in conjunction with the general information on compliance and labelling requirements available on the Supplying products in Australia page.
A battery power pack is a portable device that supplies power to another device when the primary source of power is unavailable. Some electronic devices use external battery power packs.
A supplier of a battery power pack may have obligations under the ACMA electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) regulatory arrangements.
EMC regulatory arrangements
The obligations for all electrical and electronic products (including battery power packs) are detailed in the Radiocommunications Labelling (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Notice 2008 (the EMC LN).
The objective of the arrangements is to minimise the risk of unintentional electromagnetic interference from products, which may affect the performance of other electrical products or disrupt radiocommunications services.
Risk levels/compliance levels
The EMC LN recognises three risk levels in relation to a product:
An explanation of each device risk level is available on the device compliance levels page.
Each risk level corresponds to a compliance level. The compliance level specifies the evidence a supplier must obtain to demonstrate the product complies with the applicable technical standard, the compliance records that must be kept, and the product labelling requirements.
If battery power pack used to re-charge electronic devices (such as mobile telephones) only incorporates batteries (Li-on or Ni-Cd) and no other electronic circuitry, the product is a low-risk device and considered to be compliance level 1.
A battery power pack that incorporates batteries (Li-on or Ni-Cd) as well as electronic circuitry (for example, to control the charging) would be a medium-risk device and considered to be compliance level 2.
Battery power packs (other than low-risk devices) that are supplied in Australia must be labelled with the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM). Labelling of low-risk devices is optional.
Products (including battery power packs) that are labelled with overseas markings (for example, 'CE' mark or FCC approval) cannot automatically be lawfully supplied in Australia unless they carry an applicable Australian compliance mark. Guidance on demonstrating compliance for these products is available on the Products labelled with overseas markings page.
The regulatory arrangements require a supplier to demonstrate product compliance with an applicable technical standard.
The Australian EMC regulatory arrangements recognise a number of domestic and international standards for EMC and are harmonised with similar arrangements that apply in New Zealand under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA).
For power supplies, battery chargers or other ancillary electrical/electronic equipment, the applicable EMC standards will be one of the CISPR 11, CISPR 22 or CISPR 32 suite of standards.
For the current version, check the EMC Standards list on the ACMA website.
Electrical equipment safety requirements
Mains powered devices are subject to regulatory requirements under State and Territory electrical equipment safety legislation. The ACMA has no regulatory responsibility for electrical equipment safety. Information about electrical equipment safety is available from www.erac.gov.au. Questions should be directed to the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) Secretariat via email at email@example.com
Advice for suppliers on equipment compliance and labelling is available on the ACMA website.
More information about the EMC regulatory arrangements is also available on the ACMA website.
If you have any questions about the regulatory arrangements, please contact the ACMA's Customer Service Centre on 1300 850 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: this page is intended as a guide only and should not be relied on as legal advice or regarded as a substitute for legal advice in individual cases.