CPR Background


Background to the Cabling Provider Rules (CPRs) 


The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) was responsible for regulation of cabling work under the Telecommunications Act (Cwlth) 1997. In December 1999, the ACA announced that a new set of Regulations, known as the Cabling Provider Rules (CPRs), were to be introduced during 2000 to regulate the activities of cablers. In 2005, the ACA was replaced by the Australian Communications & Media Authority - ACMA.


The CPRs affect:


  • Current registered cablers holding a registration issued by the ACMA, or by its predecessors, ACA and Austel.


  • Technicians who undertake cabling for fire, security and data/computer cabling work that connects to a telecommunications network; and


  • Anyone else who undertakes cabling work that connects to a telecommunications network.

Under the Cabling Provider Rules (CPRs) which were originally implemented during October 2000, technicians (cablers) are required to comply with conditions specified in the CPRs and to register with an industry-run registration scheme inorder to undertake work. 


The ACA stated that the principles behind CPRs were summarised in the ten points below:


  • All cabling work, whether this be Open, Restricted or Lift, must be performed by a registered or a licensed cabler.


  • Cablers who held a current licence issued by Austel or the ACA prior to October 2000 did not have to register until their licence expired.


  • All cablers who did not have a current licence must register with an ACMA-accredited registrar, such as FPA Australia, and are required to notify the registrar of any change of contact details within 21 days.


  • To register, cablers must meet the ACMA's competency requirements for one of the three mandated types of cabling work (Open, Restricted and Lift).


  • People working in the security, fire and data industries (previously exempt under the licensing system) had until 3 April 2001 to register, and until 2 October 2003 to comply with the competency requirements.


  • Cabling work must comply with the Wiring Rules (AUSTEL Technical Standard, TS-009).


  • Cable, cabling product and customer equipment must comply with requirements in the Labelling Notice (Telecommunications Labelling (Customer Equipment and Cabling) Notice 1997).


  • At the completion of each cabling task, the cabler or the cabler's employer must provide the customer with a compliance declaration form, known as Telecommunications Cabling Advice 1 (TCA1) form. 


  • Unregistered or unlicensed cablers undertaking cabling work must be directly supervised by a registered or licensed cabler (supervisory rule).


  • Cablers must provide all reasonable cooperation and assistance to ACMA inspectors and cabling auditors.


All cablers must be registered for the type of work that they are doing. This is a legal requirement set by the ACMA, not FPA Australia. The Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has been accredited by the ACMA to register technicians. To establish the category in which you should register, visit Registration Types.


The most recent version of the CPRs can be found on our website here:  Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2014  .



Complaints Procedure


If you have a complaint about a cabler or about cabling work, please use the official form which you can find at the ACMA's site, by clicking here. The complaint form is the main mechanism for triggering an inspection of unregistered cablers and non-compliant cabling work. It is a primary tool in ACMA's strategy for improving compliance in the cabling industry.


Further Information


For additional material on the CPRs, please email the FPA Australia national office: cpr@fpaa.com.au.