On 9 December 2014 the Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2014 (Rules) were issued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) under subsection 421(1) of the Telecommunications Act.
The Rules are designed to govern the performance, and the supervision of the performance, of customer cabling in order to protect the health and safety of persons and the integrity of the telecommunications network.
The Rules were developed through a period of public consultation and replace the following three instruments:
- the Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2000 (the 2000 CPRs);
- the Accreditation Procedures for Cabling Provider Registrars (the Accreditation Procedures); and
- the Arrangements for Operation of the Registration System (No.3) (the Arrangements Instrument).
The Explanatory Statement for the Rules identifies that the consolidation of these three instruments into the Rules has been made without any substantive changes to the regulatory arrangements provided for by those instruments.
The 2000 CPRs and the Accreditation Procedures were due to sunset in October 2015, the Arrangements Instrument was not due to sunset until April 2020. However, the ACMA has taken this opportunity to simplify the customer cabling regulatory framework by incorporating it into the Rules.