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Standards for Appliance and Wall Switches

Standards cover electrical safety, installation and electromagnetic compatibility for different types of appliance and wall switches.

Australian and New Zealand standards

  • AS/NZS 61058.1:2008 Switches for appliances - General requirement
  • AS 60947.5.2-2004 Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear - Control circuit devices and switching elements - Proximity switches
  • AS 60947.1-2004 Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear - General rules
  • AS/NZS 3127:2005 Approval and test specification - Cord-line switches
  • AS/NZS 3100:2009 Approval and test specification - General requirements for electrical equipment
  • AS/NZS 3000:2007 Electrical installations (the ‘Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules’)
  • AS/NZS 3133:2008 Approval and test specification - Air-break switches
  • AS/NZS 3947.3:2001 Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear - Switches, disconnectors and fuse-combination units

International standards

  • IEC 61058-1 Ed 3.2  Switches for appliances - Part 1: General requirements
  • · EN 61508-1:2002 Switches For Appliances - Part 1: General Requirements

Further information:

  • The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) provides a list of EMC standards for products required to be approved under the C-Tick (compliance labelling) scheme.


The information provided is not intended in any way to constitute legal advice.

Standards and associated regulation are constantly evolving – new standards and regulation are being developed and existing standards and regulation are continually updated.  Although every effort has been made to summarise the current standards and regulation relating to appliance and wall switches, the above information may not be comprehensive.