Registered Telecommunications Cabler - Open - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this registration, or be supervised by a registered person, if you intend to undertake telecommunications cabling work (e.g. cabling for telephones, data, fire or security alarm systems). The open registration covers all aerial, underground, structured, fibre or coaxial cabling work where the cabling used terminates at:

  • the network boundary on a socket
  • a network termination device
  • a distributor (Building distributor, campus distributor, etc.).

If you intend to work in both commercial and domestic premises you will require an open registration.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration you must:

  • meet the relevant competency requirements
  • have completed the relevant qualifications
  • proof of practical (on-the-job) cabling experience of 360 hours
  • have registered with an accredited registrar.

If you only have a minimum of 80 hours, in addition to any experience that was gained in the training undertaken to acquire the competencies for registration, you will be registered as a Restricted cabler until you have gained a further 280 hours of on-the-job cabling experience.

You may also need to provide proof of successful completion of the cabling regulations test.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the registration.



Please consult the Contact Officer or individual registrars for information on fees to be submitted.



Application for Open Registration for Cablers - Application forms are available from individual ACMA-accredited registrars. Please consult the Contact Officer for information on this document.

Administering agency

Department of Communications and the Arts
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Communications Infrastructure

Act(s) name

Telecommunications Act 1997 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2014 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries, Licensing
Department of Communications and the Arts
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Communications Infrastructure

Mailing address:
Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory 2616


02 6219 5555


1300 850 115


02 6219 5353

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