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AS/CA S008:2020 Requirements for Customer Cabling Products

AS/CA S008:2020 (.pdf, 1302 KB)

Publication date: 20 Aug 2020

This Standard applies to cabling products (including cable and related customer equipment) intended for connection to the customer side of the boundary of a telecommunications network. It does not apply to cabling products intended primarily for the distribution of AC mains supply. It does not apply to products intended to be used for telecommunications earthing systems or telecommunications power distribution (e.g. earthing/power conductors, earthing bars, busbars, earthing/power terminals, line tap devices, earth electrodes and associated fittings, batteries, fuses and circuit breakers). It does not apply to surge suppression devices.

This document supersedes AS/ACIF S008:2010. The superseded Standard is available at

AS/CA S009:2020 Installation requirements for Customer Cabling (Wiring Rules)

AS/CA S009:2020 (.pdf, 2215 KB)
Expression of Intent EOI/22/001 Fitness for purpose
Expression of Intent EOI/22/002 Plug-terminated customer cabling

Publication date: 20 August 2020

This Standard applies to the installation and maintenance of fixed or concealed cabling or equipment that is connected, or is intended to be connected, to a telecommunications network, including any cord or cordage, or that part of any cord or cordage, that is connected as fixed or concealed cabling.

This Standard does not apply to—

  • any electrical power cabling whose primary function is the distribution of AC mains supply, and which is connected to an AC mains supply, but which may also carry telecommunications signals as a secondary function as long as the telecommunications signals originate from the power network or are injected into the power cabling via a compliant interface device;
  • any cabling used for the connection or distribution of broadcasting services, as defined in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, that are supplied to the end-user by means of transmission through free air to a receiving radio, television or satellite antenna whether or not such cabling is connected to receiving equipment that is connected to a carrier’s or carriage service provider’s telecommunications network (e.g. via an Ethernet port); and
  • any cabling on the carrier’s side of the network boundary whether or not such cabling is located in customer premises, e.g. lead-in cabling.

This Standard comes into effect on publication on 20 August 2020. AS/CA S009:2013 continues to remain in effect for up to eighteen months after publication of AS/CA S009:2020. AS/CA S009:2013 can be downloaded here.

AS/CA S035:2015 Requirements for installation of temporary field telecommunications customer cabling for defence purposes

AS/CA S035:2015 (.pdf, 340 KB)

Publication date: 20 Apr 2015

This Standard applies to the installation of temporary field cabling by Department of Defence personnel and overseas defence forces for defence purposes during exercise, training or operational deployment by the Department of Defence (DoD), or overseas defence forces exercising with Australian DoD personnel. It should be read in conjunction with other referenced Standards.

This Standard sets out the minimum requirements to ensure that—

  1. the installation or use of the cabling does not expose Carrier personnel, cabling providers, end-users or other persons to any danger; and
  2. the installation or use of the cabling does not adversely affect the integrity (proper end-to-end functioning) of a Telecommunications Network


C524:2013 External Telecommunication Cable Networks

C524:2013 (pdf 666kb)

C524:2013 provides guidance on the basic principles of installation, maintenance and safety of external telecommunications networks; describes the minimum requirements for electrical, structural and network reliability and employee/public safety under specified conditions.

The Code was revised in 2013 to align with developments in the Australian regulatory arrangements related to the National Broadband Network and to update references to Australian and international standards.


The Code was reconfirmed in 2023 and the next review is scheduled to occur in 2028.


G571:2002 Building Access Operations and Installation

G571:2002 (.pdf, 891 KB)

Defines standardised processes for the installation of telecommunications infrastructure in multi-tenanted buildings.


The Guideline was reconfirmed in 2011 and the next review is scheduled to occur in June 2016.

G591:2006 Telecommunications in Road Reserves - Operational Guidelines for Installations

G591:2006 (.pdf, 224 KB)

Provides guidance for Road Authorities and Carriers to manage their respective facilities in road reserves safely, effectively and efficiently. It provides guidance on co-ordination, considerations for positioning telecommunications facilities in road reserves, attachment of telecommunications facilities to road authority structures, planning and sharing information.


The Guideline was reconfirmed in 2012 and the next review is scheduled to occur in 2017.

G642:2016 Installation of Broadcast Cabling and connection of Digital Broadcast Equipment to a Telecommunications Network

G642:2016 (.pdf, 460 KB)

Provides guidance for installation of Broadcast Cabling and digital broadcast interfaces used with Digital Broadcast Equipment intended for connection to a Carrier’s or Carriage Service Provider’s Telecommunications Network.

G645:2017 Fibre Ready Pit and Pipe Specification for Real Estate Development Projects

G645:2017 (.pdf, 3,129 KB)

The Guideline is designed to:

  • outline the minimum requirements for Telecommunications pit and pipe installation within a Real Estate Development Project to be considered a Fibre Ready Facility;
  • describe recommended processes for the design and installation of pit and pipe facilities for use in the deployment of Optical Fibre Lines in a Real Estate Development Project; and
  • describe the recommended materials used in the design and installation of pit and pipe facilities.

G649:2017 Cabling Existing Telecommunications Services in the Customer’s Premises for the nbn™


G649.1:2017 (.pdf, 1618 KB)
G649.2:2017 (.pdf, 1385 KB)

These instructions are designed as a guide to registered cabling providers (Cablers) attending the customer premises to migrate the existing customer services from the existing Telstra or Optus access network technology to the FTTP, FTTN. FTTB, FTTC and HFC nbn™ access network technologies.

It provides information on the preparatory steps for migrating the customer, identification of services and equipment, determining the most appropriate reconnection method and verification of the cabling work post-migration. It takes into account where there are ‘over-the-top’ (OTT) services such as personal medical alarms and security alarms for their continuing functioning once the cabling work has been completed.

National Broadband Network

NBN End-User Premises Handbook

  • the main components of an NBN End-User Premises and the key details surrounding each component.
  • the installation practices and guidelines for the installation and operation of the NBN at customers’ homes, businesses and other service sites.
  • key information and issues relating to End-User Premises, intended to provide a common reference point for further discussions among the communications industry, construction industry, NBN infrastructure providers, government and regulators.

Industry Guidance Notes (IGNs)

IGN 004: Medical and Security Alarm migration to the NBN

Designed to achieve the following:

  • Assist nbn™, RSPs, Alarm service and device suppliers, registered cablers who will need to interact with customers migrating their telecommunications and alarm services onto the NBN;
  • Provide information to suppliers of alarm services wired into and relying on the existing telecommunications service cabling in a customer’s premises to operate effectively; and
  • Improve the provision of accurate information and answers to customers’ questions where issues arise in regard to their alarm services.

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