Buying safe electrical appliances
Registered electrical appliances
All in-scope electrical appliances and equipment must display the regulatory compliance mark (RCM).
The RCM symbol is shown below:
To check that any Level 2 or Level 3 equipment has valid registration at the time of purchase – Go to Electrical Equipment Safety System website and select the option Search Registered Equipment.
Buying electrical equipment online
Be careful when buying electrical equipment online as some of the products for sale on the internet do not meet Australian safety standards.
Read more on buying electrical equipment from overseas and online sellers:
Non-compliant USB chargers, travel adaptors and power supplies
All USB chargers, travel adaptors and power supplies must be registered and display the RCM on the product.
- Examples of compliant and non-compliant USB chargers, travel adaptors and power supplies:
Buying second-hand electrical equipment
If you have purchased or plan to purchase second-hand electrical equipment, ensure the appliance has been approved as safe for use in Australia, that it is not damaged and have it ‘tagged and tested’ by a qualified repairman or a licensed electrician.
Beware of purchasing second-hand electrical items on social media. A so-called bargain could be an expensive and dangerous mistake.
Damaged or ageing electrical equipment
Never use electrical equipment that is damaged or ageing. Throw away old extension cords, powerboards or any electrical product with a frayed cord.
Take the time to check the cords at your home and throw away any with exposed wires or damage.
Date: 31/03/2023 0:51
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Reviewed 09 February 2023