This Toolbox Talk is for all technicians. The new 2018 version of AS/NZS 3000:2018 was been published on 26 June 2018.

The new edition contains a number of changes from the previous 2007 edition including:

  • new requirements for safety switches

  • enhanced requirements for MEN earthing systems, including bonding of pool structures and wet areas

  • increased mechanical protection for cables installed within a ceiling space

  • additional installation requirements for electrical appliances, accessories and equipment

  • enhanced safety requirements for electrical equipment installed in locations exposed to water

  • five new appendices:

  • continuity of supply for active assisted living

  • electrical conduits

  • installation of arc fault detection devices

  • guidance for the installation and location of electrical vehicle charging stations

  • DC circuit protection and switching devices

To help identify the changes red asterisks have been added to the document to highlight areas which have changed. All states have a 6 month implementation period, to allow the industry to view, gain education and then implement the new requirements. Importantly, this 6 month implementation period will cease on 1 January 2019 and it will then be mandatory for electrical contractors to implement the changes in the 2018 version or else face non-compliance implications.

The AS/NZS 3000:2007 Wiring Rules will continue to apply in these limited circumstances:

  • Electrical work commenced prior to but continuing beyond the publication date of the new edition of the standard.

  • Electrical work quoted prior to the publication date of the new edition of the standard that hasbeen awarded a contract.

  • Significant electrical work costed and designed prior to the publication date of the new editionfor major projects such as shopping complexes and large residential and industrial buildings.

  • During the transition period we encourage electrical contractors to comply with the 2018 edition where possible.

The Standard is available to all staff on the Chess Intranet Site. To access the Standard log in to the Chess Site and click on Australian Standards on the left hand menu. Click here for a direct link


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