Electrical news and updates

Electrical Safety Bill consultation period closed

CBOS would like to thank anyone who provided a submission relating to the new Electrical Safety Bill 2020.

The Tasmanian Government is reforming and consolidating electrical safety laws, which have not been updated since the 1990s. The Bill consolidates the electricity safety laws, reduces duplication and improves flexibility in adopting and managing new electrical technologies as they develop.

We are pleased with the positive commitment to improving electricity safety in the state, as a number of well-considered and valued submissions have been received.

You can review the submissions on the Department of Justice website.

Changes to solar installation requirements

Amendments to AS/NZS 5033:2014 Installation and safety requirements for photovoltaic (PV) arrays came into effect on 29 June 2019.

This amendment places additional obligations to protect DC isolators (installed at the PV array) from environmental effects such as sun and rain. The change was introduced as a result of investigations into failures which led to a fire. Installers doing solar installations need to become familiar with the changes.

Read the Electrical Standards Advisory Note - DC isolators - changes to installation requirements (PDF, 491.9 KB)

New Standard published for battery storage systems

A new Australian / New Zealand Standard was published on 11 October 2019.

AS/NZS 5139:2019 Electrical Installations – Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment

This Standard will be mandatory from the 11 January 2020. It supersedes AS 4086.2:1997 Secondary Batteries for use with stand-alone systems, part 2: Installation and maintenance.

A copy of the Standard can be purchased from https://infostore.saiglobal.com/ or ask at your trade association.

Read the Electrical Standards Advisory Note - New Standard for battery storage systems (PDF, 145.1 KB)

Hazard Alerts

Updated: 25 May 2020