Schedule 4 of the Telecommunications (Labelling Notice for Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Instrument 2015 (the TLN) provides suppliers with an exemption for labelling particular cabling products, subject to certain conditions.
The exemption excuses a supplier from the requirement to apply a compliance label to a particular cabling product. Suppliers must ensure the product complies with the applicable technical standard, maintain compliance records and maintain a publicly available register of the product supplied under the exemption.
The register must be available on the internet and list each compliant cabling product that is being supplied under the exemption. These products will be identified in the market place by their unique markings and labels (for example, a manufacturer’s part number or other designation that identifies the cable) applied during the manufacturing process.
Before supplying a particular cabling product without a compliance label, suppliers must complete the form Notice of intention not to apply a compliance label to particular cabling items (T004) and forward it to the ACMA. The ACMA must be advised of any subsequent changes to the information provided on this form within 21 days.
The ACMA maintains a list of suppliers that are supplying particular cabling products without a compliance label.
Eligibility of particular cabling products
Cabling products supplied under the exemption must:
- be compliant with the applicable AS/CA S008 technical standard
- be installed by a registered cabler.
These particular cabling products may include cable, connectors, distributors and patch panels.
It is important to note that, if a supplier intends to supply particular cabling products under an exemption, failure to establish and maintain a register in accordance with the TLN is the same as failing to apply a compliance label.
There are significant penalties for failing to label customer cabling product.
This page is intended to be a brief overview. It is important that suppliers read the requirements specified in the TLN and consult the ACMA.