Legal Requirements for Electrical Products

The following is general information on the legal requirements for electrical products sold in Australia and New Zealand. Specific legislative requirements are available from the respective regulators websites listed below.

All electrical equipment is defined into a category of either declared (or prescribed) electrical equipment or non-declared (or non-prescribed) electrical equipment. There is legislation administered by each State and Territory in Australia and New Zealand that sets out particular requirements to be met for both categories of equipment to ensure the electrical safety of the equipment before it can be sold.

Declared electrical equipment must be approved and certified prior to sale in Australia and must be marked with the approval certification number or be marked with the regulatory compliance mark (RCM). It is an offence for a person to sell declared electrical equipment unless the electrical equipment has been approved and certified.

Non-declared electrical equipment does not have to have electrical safety approval certification prior to sale but you have a legal obligation to ensure equipment is electrically safe. It is an offence for a person to sell non-declared electrical products unless the electrical product complies with the safety criteria of AS/NZS 3820 Essential safety requirements for low voltage electrical equipment.

The best way to ensure compliance is to have the equipment tested to the applicable standard and certified by SAA Approvals.

The seller has an obligation to ensure the electrical safety of any electrical product sold. Manufacturers and importers are encouraged to voluntarily submit any non-declared electrical product that they wish to sell for certification.

Links to SAA Approvals documents

S-0111-Declaring-Definitions-Ver-16 (PDF Document)

General List of Declared Electrical Products (PDF Document)

Australian and New Zealand regulators: