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Emergency and exit lighting

Updated July 2018

The requirements for a building or any part of a building to have exit signs and/or emergency lighting installed is set out in the National Construction Code (NCC).

For Information on the NCC, visit the Australian Building Codes Board.

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) also provides advice on types of buildings that require exit signs or emergency lighting. It also provides advice on the ongoing maintenance and testing of these systems.

Further advice on the requirements and appropriate standards for the installation of exit signs or emergency lighting can be sort from the relevant building surveyor, building inspector or municipal council building department.

Relevant standards and legislation

In addition to other requirements of the NCC or any relevant Australian standards for exit signs and emergency lighting refer to AS 2293.1 – Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for building.

Exit signs and emergency lighting are considered to be luminaires (light fittings) and must also be installed to the requirements of AS/NZS3000:2018 the Australia and New Zealand Wiring Rules.

Specific requirements for the installation of luminaires (light fittings) are set out in clauses (and subclauses):

2.6.3 Additional protection by residual current devices (RCD)

2.6.3.2.3.3 Requirements for additional protection – (b) lighting

4.5 Lighting equipment and accessories

5.4 Earthing of equipment

5.4.3 Lighting points.

Note: the requirement for any building to have exit signs or emergency lights, and the requirement for manual or automatic test facility or other types of test-switches is outside the scope of AS/NZS3000:2018.

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