Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010

Part 5 Safety of installations

Domestic wiring exemption

Heading: inserted, on 1 July 2013, by regulation 11 of the Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/279).

57 Exemption for domestic electrical wiring work


A person who carries out prescribed electrical work in reliance on the exemption in section 79 of the Act (exemption for domestic electrical wiring work) must carry it out, and test the work, in accordance with ECP 51.


For the purposes of section 79(1)(a) of the Act, the domestic electrical wiring work that an owner of premises may do is work of any type described in subclause (3) on a domestic installation that has a maximum demand at or below—


80 amperes per phase if single-phase; or


50 amperes per phase if multi-phase.


The work to which subclause (2) relates is any of the following:


removing and replacing fuse links:


connecting and disconnecting fixed-wired appliances:


relocating existing switches, socket-outlets, and lighting outlets that are supplied with electricity by tough plastic-sheathed cables:


removing and replacing any of the following kinds of fittings (but only if the work does not involve work on a switchboard):


switches, socket-outlets, and light fittings:


permanent connection units, ceiling roses, cord-grip lampholders, and flexible cords connected to any of them:


batten holders:


water heater switches:






installing, extending, and altering subcircuits (including submains), but only if—


the person does not enter (whether directly, or by holding any material or equipment, or otherwise) any enclosure where live conductors are likely to be present; and


the work is tested and certified in accordance with Part 2 of AS/NZS 3000, before being connected to a power supply, by a person authorised to inspect mains work.

Regulation 57: replaced, on 1 July 2013, by regulation 11 of the Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/279).