Smoke Alarm Legislation has changed in Australia, please see below to check which applies to you.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Amendment Bill 2016 and Building Fire Safety (Domestic Smoke Alarm) Legislation Amendment Regulation 2016 came in effect as of 1 January 2017.
The legislation applies to Class 1A houses and townhouses, and Class 2 unit dwellings in new construction and/or heavily renovated construction. The legislation specifies photoelectric smoke alarms complying to AS3786:2014 standard and location of installation.
- Smoke Alarm complying to AS3786:2014 must be installed in dwellings with building approvals issued from 1 January 2017.
- Smoke Alarm complying to AS3786:1993 standard can be used in building approvals issued before 1 January 2017.
Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation: https://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/safety/smoke-alarms.html
The National Construction Codes of Australia (BCA 2015 and BCA 2016) adopted the new standard for smoke alarms AS3786:2014. This will come into effect on 1 May 2017.
The code applies to Class 1A houses and sole occupancy units, and Class 2 or 3 buildings and Class 4 parts of new buildings in new construction. The code specifies smoke alarms complying to the AS3786:2014 standard.
- Smoke Alarm complying to AS3786:2014 must be installed in dwellings with building approvals issued on and from 1 May 2017.
- Smoke Alarm complying to AS3786:1993 standard can continue to be used in building approvals issued before 1 May 2017.
The PSA HG2000 Photoelectric 240V with 9V battery back up smoke alarm is now available and is AS3786:2014 approved and ActivFire listed.