South Australia Smoke Alarm Legislation
In South Australia, all homes must be fitted with a working smoke alarm and the responsibility of making sure they are working and installed correctly falls upon homeowners and landlords.
Smoke alarm must:
- Be approved to AS3786:2014
- Be installed in locations that will provide reasonable warning to occupants of sleeping areas.
- Be installed in accordance to the Building Code of Australia.
Buildings built after the 1st of January 1995 are required to have hard-wired smoke alarms installed.
Since the 1st of May 2014, smoke alarms must be interconnected if there are multiple within a property.
Any extensions in existing buildings approved before the 1st of May that require multiple smoke alarms must be interconnected. Though it Is highly recommended, there is no requirement for these alarms to be interconnected with smoke alarms in the existing building.
Any subsequent extensions approved after the 1st of May 2014 will require smoke alarms to be interconnected.
For buildings not connected to mains power, smoke alarms with 10 year non replaceable batteries can be used.
All existing buildings are to be fitted with a smoke alarm powered by a replaceable battery that complies with AS3785:2014.
Existing buildings that have a change of ownership on or after the 1st of February 1998 must have the smoke alarms upgraded within 6 months of the title transfer. These alarms must:
- Be hard-wired to mains power,
- Powered by a non-replaceable 10-year lithium battery.
Information is correct as of January 2024. Details may change without notice. Please refer to the specific State websites for any changes.
Follow these links for more information on the South Australia Smoke Alarm Legislation:
Battery Powered Smoke Alarms
The following alarms can be used in properties that are bought on or after the 1st of February 1998 or if there is no mains power to the building.
The following smoke alarms can be used in properties that were bought but haven’t had a title transfer before 1st of February 1998
Wireless Solutions for Smoke Alarms
In older properties where interconnection is required but wired interconnection cannot be achieved, the following smoke alarms and accessories may be considered.
Wireless controllers for wireless smoke alarms
Other Safety Options
For more information about what smoke alarms you will need for your property, speak with your electrician or enter your details and one of our team will contact you.