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Cabling provider rules

The cabling industry is regulated by the Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2014 (CPRs).

CPRs promote safety and maintain network integrity with requirements including:

  • cabling work in the telecommunications, fire, security and data industries must be performed by a registered cabler
  • cablers must obtain an Open, Restricted or Lift registration that meets the ACMA's requirements
  • cabling work must comply with the Wiring Rules
  • telecommunications cabling is separated from electrical cabling
  • cablers install only cabling equipment that complies with the requirements of the Labelling Notice
  • cablers must provide a job sign-off form
  • registered cablers must directly supervise an unqualified cabler's cabling work
  • a qualified cabler must accept full responsibility for the work done by an unqualified cabler and ensure all rules are complied with
  • cablers provide all reasonable cooperation and assistance to ACMA inspectors and cabling auditors
  • cablers notify their registrar of any change of contact details within 21 days.

Registering under cabling provider rules

Customer cabling work in the telecommunications, fire, security and data industries must be performed by a registered cabler.

Cablers are required to register with an ACMA-accredited registrar.

Before registering you will need to:

  • demonstrate competency requirements
  • sign a declaration that you are competent.

You must provide evidence to the registrar that you meet the competency requirements. This evidence can be in the form of:

  • certificate(s) from a Registered Training Organisation showing that you have attained the relevant competency
  • a certificate of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) issued by an accredited assessor. This option is suitable for experienced cablers who have either worked in a related cabling industry (for example, electrical) or have previously performed telecommunications cabling, but do not hold a current Australian cabling registration.

Further information

Cablers should be familiar with the full requirements of the Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2014.

Download our handy factsheet, Customer cabling—Do you know the rules? (PDF 420 KB)

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.

Last updated: 10 February 2019