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Safety switch options at a glance

The following table provides a brief summary of the key differences between the various options presented in the Safety Switch Regulatory Assessment Statement (RAS). It should be considered in conjunction with the RAS.

Current requirements

 

Current requirements

Option 1

Power and lighting circuits within a fixed period

 

Option 2

Power and lighting circuits when significant electrical work undertaken

Option 3

All safety switch capable circuits within a fixed period

Option 4

All safety switch capable circuits when significant work undertaken on any part of the electrical installation.

Option 5

 

Status quo. No change.

New Homes

 

safety switches on power and lighting circuits only

no change

no change

safety switches on all circuits, within five years

safety switches on all circuits

 

Extensions to homes

same as new homes above

no change

no change

same as new homes above

safety switches on all circuits

 

 

Existing homes

(not new or extended)

safety switches on power circuits only within three months of sale or transfer of the property

safety switches on power and lighting circuits only within five years

safety switches on power and lighting circuits, to be fitted when significant electrical installation work* is performed

same as new homes above

safety switches on all circuits, to be fitted when significant electrical installation work* is performed

 

 

 

Total cost(statewide)

$292.5M

$270M

$544.1M

$502M

 $0

 

Average cost per home

$170

$158

$315

$291

 $0

 

Note 1: Under all options for change, the current requirement for existing homes to be fitted with safety switches on designated circuits within three months of sale or transfer of the property will continue to apply.

Note 2: In the case of temporary accommodation and rental properties subject to a residential tenancy agreement, compliance is proposed within three months of sale, transfer or lease, otherwise compliance is proposed within two years under all options for change.

Note 3: Under the options for change which use the performance of significant electrical work as the trigger (Options 2 and 4), compliance is expected to be achieved within approximately 13 years.

 

*Significant electrical installation work:

  • rewiring of an existing domestic installation;
  • replacement of switchboard;
  • initial installation of electric stove or hot water system;
  • installation of a new air-conditioning circuit;
  • additions to existing power, lighting, air-conditioning or ancillary circuits other than for the purposes of solar hot water or solar power generation;
  • all work requiring installation of safety switches under the Wiring Rules as varied from time to time.

Last reviewed
23 April 2012
Last updated
23 April 2012

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