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Residual Current Devices Policy

1. Background

Tenants can expect NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) to ensure that all buildings are clean, safe and habitable.

Since 1991, Residual Current Devices (RCDs), also known as safety switches, have been installed in all new LAHC dwellings in accordance with Wiring Rules (AS/ANZ 3000).

In 2002, a program to retrofit RCDs in existing properties that were included in an upgrade program of works commenced. Since then, retrofitting of RCDs have continued under various programs of work.

2. Scope

This policy applies to all properties owned by LAHC and is extended to all tenancies managed by Family and Community Services (FACS) on behalf of Aboriginal Housing Office.

3. Policy statement

LAHC will install Residual Current Devices in accordance with:

Both the tenant and landlord (LAHC) have rights and obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act 2010, the residential tenancy agreement and policies.

Business rules

According to the Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000:2018) for a residential electrical installation that has more than one final sub-circuit, a minimum of two Residual Current Devices (RCDs) shall be installed. Normally, there will be a RCD to protect the power outlets and another RCD to protect the lighting circuit.

RCDs are not retrofitted for circuits supplying fixed appliances, such as hot water systems and stoves. However, RCD protection shall be provided if any of these circuits is subject to alteration.

RCDs will be installed in all new dwelling as part of its construction. For existing dwellings, RCDs will generally be installed as part of a planned program of works. In some cases, the RCD installation could be a part of other responsive repairs.

The installation of RCDs should be carried out with minimum changes to the existing electrical system, unless a significant electrical upgrading is required due to other circumstances.

4. Legislation and compliance

Tenants can expect that LAHC comply with the obligations of a landlord under the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 together with it obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Residual Current Devices) Regulations 2011.

5. Further information

Appeal decision and action

If a tenant is not satisfied with the standard of maintenance or the condition of their home, they should first discuss the concerns with a FACS Client Service Officer. The next step, if they are still not satisfied, they can have the case heard by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

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Last updated: 26 Jul 2019
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