Legislation

QLD      NSW      ACT      VIC      WA

At Smoke Alarms Australia, we service smoke alarms to the best fire safety standards and to the legally enforced legislation of the many states we operate within. Getting an understanding of what is legally required for your smoke alarm security can be very tricky to narrow down but is also important in ensuring Landlords, Tenants and Agents are informed of what is legally required to keep properties compliant.

If you would like to get a grasp on your state's legislation, click on the state which you reside in and view a legal breakdown and how it is important to you.

QueensLand

What is the legislation?
The Fire and Emergencies Act 1990 is the key piece of legislation that governs smoke alarm compliance.

What does it mean for me?
The legislation requires that all smoke alarms are installed and maintained in residential dwellings.

To ensure smoke alarms are properly maintained and in working order, spraying the alarm with fake smoke is the most reliable practice to see if a smoke alarm will work in the event of a fire.

What do I need to do?
It is perfectly legal for landlords to maintain their own smoke alarms.  However due to the complexity and structure of the various legislative requirements, it is always recommended to have your smoke alarms inspected by a trained compliance specialist.


NSW

What is the legislation?
In NSW, smoke alarm compliance is regulated by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Regulation 2006 and the Residential Tenancies Act 2010.

What does it mean for me?

The legislation dictates that smoke alarms must be installed and maintained in properties in which persons sleep. It is the responsibility of landlords to ensure proper installation, testing and maintenance occur in the property.

What do I need to do?

It is perfectly legal for landlords to maintain their own smoke alarms.  However due to the complexity and structure of the various legislative requirements, it is always recommended to have your smoke alarms inspected by a trained compliance specialist.


ACT

What is the legislation?

Australian Capital Territory recently amended the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, directly affecting smoke alarm compliance.
In addition to legislation, properties must also comply to the Building Code of Australia 3.7.2.

What does it mean for me?

The legislation dictates that smoke alarms must be installed and maintained in properties in which persons sleep. It is the responsibility of landlords to ensure proper installation, testing and maintenance occur in the property.

What do I need to do?

It is perfectly legal for landlords to maintain their own smoke alarms.  However due to the complexity and structure of the various legislative requirements, it is always recommended to have your smoke alarms inspected by a trained compliance specialist.


VIC

What is the legislation?

The key piece of legislation regulating smoke alarm compliance in Victoria is the Building Regulations 2006.

What does it mean for me?

The legislation, governed by the Victorian Building Authority, requires that all residential buildings have working smoke alarms in compliant locations as set out in the Building Code of Australia.

What do I need to do?

It is perfectly legal for landlords to maintain their own smoke alarms.  However due to the complexity and structure of the various legislative requirements, it is always recommended to have your smoke alarms inspected by a trained compliance specialist.


WA

What is the legislation?

The Building Regulations (2012) is the key piece of legislation governing smoke alarm compliance in Western Australia.

What does it mean for me?

The legislation requires that smoke alarms are installed in residential properties; be no older than ten years old; and placed in a compliant position as per the Building Code of Australia  Legislation also require that there are two safety switches installed before a property is tenanted, and maintained throughout the tenancy agreement.

What do I need to do?

It is perfectly legal for landlords to maintain their own smoke alarms.  However due to the complexity and structure of the various legislative requirements, it is always recommended to have your smoke alarms inspected by a trained compliance specialist.