Your Products In Compliance With The Right Regulations
Companies wishing to market electrical goods in Australia (suppliers) are bound by the electrical safety regulations in each state, such as the Gas and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2017 and Gas and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulations 2018 (NSW), the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and Electricity Safety Amendment (Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme) Act 2018 (VIC), and the Electricity Safety Act 2002 and Electrical Safety Regulations 2013 (QLD).
These Acts and Regulations require suppliers to establish safety of their products prior to sale. Enforcement provisions stipulate the removal of any unsafe equipment from sale and recall of previously sold equipment for rectification or replacement, and restriction of future sales.
- Applicable to 56 classes of electrical products classified as declared or prescribed articles, or as level 3 equipment in AS/NZS 4417:2020 standard Regulatory compliance mark for electrical and electronic equipment – mainly common household and kitchen appliances, AC adaptor, plugs and power cords, etc.
- Below is a list of electrical goods that the regulator refers to as Risk Level 3 or ‘declared articles’:Air conditioner incorporating flammable refrigerant
Arc welding machine
Beauty care lamp
Building wiring cable
Control or conditioning device
Cooking appliance—portable type
Cord extension socket
Decorative lighting outfit
Double capped light emitting semiconductor lamp
Edison screw lampholder
Electric hot water bottle
Fluorescent lamp ballast
Fluorescent lamp starter
Hair care appliance
Lawn care appliance
Light emitting semiconductor lamp (self-ballasted)
Liquid heating appliance
Miniature overcurrent circuit breaker
Nightlight—mains socket-outlet mounted
Over blanket / Duvet / Wrap
Power supply or charger
Residual current device
Socket-outlet with supply flexible cord
Supply flexible cord
Swimming pool/spa equipment
- Declared articles must comply with mandatory safety standards and must have a Certificate of Conformity. These products must display the RCM mark.
- Applicable to all other electrical products not listed as declared or prescribed articles, or as level 3 equipment – included are most IT devices, audio video electronic products, air conditioners, all battery operated products, etc.
- Products must be safe to use, comply with minimum safety requirements as set out in Gas and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulations 2018 (NSW) and AS/NZS 3820:2020 Standard Essential safety requirements for low voltage electrical equipment, and can be granted a Certificate of Suitability (voluntary application).