AUSTRALIAN PLUGS – Australia & New Zealand

What types of Australian plug are there?

A 10 amp version is used in most normal settings, available as both 3 pin earthed and 2 pin unearthed (down-rated to 7.5 Amp). A higher-rated 15 Amp version with larger earth pin will power larger equipment. There is also a 20 Amp Australian plug, with all 3 pins larger. A socket will accept an equal- or lower-rated plug, i.e. a 10 Amp plug will fit 10A, 15A and 20A sockets, but the 15 Amp plug will only fit 15A and 20A sockets. The Australasian plugs can be recognised by the live and neutral in V alignment.

What approvals does an Australian plug or power cord have?

The standard to which Australian type plugs are manufactured is AS 3112 or Australian Standard 3112 (NZS 3112 or New Zealand Standard 3112 for New Zealand), and this is usually noted as AS/NZS 3112. Each territory of Australia has its own approvals body, but they operate on an inter-recognition basis; SNZ, the New Zealand agency, is also recognised. SAA or SNZ will be marked on the plug. Australia has a hospital or medical grade plug, which is identical to the standard 10 amp AS/NZS 3112 but must further comply with AS/NZS 3200. These are sometimes clear plugs on orange cable. Since 2005, all Australian plugs must have part-insulated active (live) and neutral pins.

Where is the Australian plug used?

Australia and New Zealand are the countries most associated with this plug, but it is also the standard in neighbouring Papua New Guinea and Fiji; it also widely used across the Pacific Islands. The Australian plug is near-identical to the Chinese plug, but the Australian pins are approx. 1mm shorter and must have part-insulated live and neutral pins. The Argentinian type is also virtually identical, but has reversed polarity (inverted live and neutral).

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Australian 2P 

Cables

Specifications

Ref: Australian 2P


Type: AS/NZS 3112
Current rating: 7.5A
Voltage rating: 250V
Class: II

H03VVH2-F H05VVH2-F H05RR-F
H05RN-F

2 x 0.50, 0.75 mm2
2 x 0.50, 0.75 mm2
2 x 0.75, 1.00 mm2
2 x 0.75, 1.00 mm2

Australian

Cables

Specifications

Ref: Australian


Type: AS/NZS 3112
Current Rating:
10A
Voltage Rating: 250V
Class: I  

HO3VV-F
HO5VV-F
HO5VV-F
HO5RR-F
HO5RN-F
HO5RN-F 

3 x 0.75 mm˛
3 x 0.75, 1.00 mm˛
3 x 0.75, 1.00, 1.50 mm˛
3 x 0.75, 1.00, 1.50 mm˛

Australian 15A

Cables

Specifications

Ref: Australian 15A


Type: AS/NZS 3112
Current rating: 15A
Voltage rating: 250V
Class: I+II  

H05VV-F
H07RN-F 

3 x 1.5 mm˛
3 x 1.5 mm˛ 

RE-WIREABLE

Re-wireable Australian 15A

Colours

Specifications

Ref: Australian 15A


Type:
AS/NZS 3112
Current rating: 15A
Voltage rating: 250V
Class: I
White Insulated live and neutral pins.  10 amp and 20 amp also available 

Re-wireable Australian

Colours

Specifications

Ref: Australian 524


Type:
AS/NZS 3112
Current rating: 10A
Voltage rating: 250V
Class: l
Black, Lime-white Insulated live & neutral pins
20 amp version also available

DISTRIBUTION BLOCKS

Australian
Panel Mount

Colours

Specifications

Ref: Aus 457


Type:
AS/NZS 3112
Current rating: 10A
Voltage rating: 250V 
Black 

With lid, IP44 splashproof 

Australian distribution

Colours

Specifications

Ref: Ausblock


Type:
AS/NZS 3112
Current rating:
10A
Voltage rating:
250V 
White 

Standard 6-way Australian socket, fully moulded with Australian plug and 1 metre of cable 

 

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