Queensland Legislation

Smoke Alarm Legislation

It’s not an option, smoke alarm legislation is the law. Let Australia’s leading provider of smoke alarm maintenance and compliance services provide your landlords and you with the PEACE OF MIND in knowing all legislative obligations have been met.

Your Responsibilities 
Smoke alarm maintenance is governed by both State and Federal legislation. Each state has different requirements. As a Property Manager, Landlords entrust you with one of their greatest investments, which is a sizeable responsibility. Smoke Alarm Solutions aims to ease the burden by ensuring the properties you manage are always compliant with smoke alarm legislation.

The Risks 
Failure to take every practical step to ensure the safety of your tenants and property may result in the dismissal of insurance claims for damage, personal injury or loss of life. Landlords must ensure working smoke alarms are installed in their rental properties, in accordance with the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards. Landlords must also ensure smoke alarms are regularly maintained and replaced when faulty or expired. Landlords who do not meet mandated requirements in order to ensure the safety of their tenants can face a multitude of unpleasant and unwanted consequences that, with the right guidance, can be easily avoided. 

Federal Legislation

Landlords must ensure their rental property is properly fitted with the required number of working smoke alarms, complying with the Australian Standard (3786:2014), and they are installed as outlined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) part 3.7.2. This legislation is applicable to all states of Australia. 

Current Requirements means the legislative requirements stipulated by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990; Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008; and the Electrical Safety Act 2002 applicable to existent (pre-2022) smoke alarms and smoke alarm installations and related electrical work (if applicable). Considerations around compliance of the smoke alarms at the Inspection Address are the types of smoke alarms and smoke alarm installations, build dates, including dates of significant renovations, and building classes.

New Requirements means the legislative requirements stipulated by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990; Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008; and the Electrical Safety Act 2002 to be in place by 1st January 2022 for rental properties and related electrical work (if applicable). Considerations around compliance of the smoke alarms at the Inspection Address are the types of smoke alarms and smoke alarm installations, build dates, including dates of significant renovations, and building classes.

As of 1st July 2007, changes were applied to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990, stating that every smoke alarm in a Queensland rental property requires ongoing maintenance. Under this legislation, Landlords or agents must test and clean each smoke alarm within 30 days prior to each tenancy change or renewal. Not only this, but each smoke alarm and battery must be replaced before the expiry date. The legislation prohibits the transfer of these responsibilities to the tenant.

These new requirements to be in place by 1st January 2022 for rental properties, necessitate the following measures:

  • Smoke alarms must be installed in every bedroom of a home
  • All smoke alarms must be powered by either 240 volt or 10 year lithium battery
  • All smoke alarms must be interconnected to each other
  • All smoke alarms must be photoelectric rather than ionisation
  • All smoke alarms must comply with AS3786:2014

If you are a landlord or home owner, find out what is involved to meet these stringent new standards, click the appropriate link at the bottom of this page.