Queensland 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. 

State Legislation
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 to be in place from 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.

The following measures, along with related electrical work, must be in place within all Queensland rental properties.

  • Smoke alarms must be installed in every bedroom
  • All smoke alarms must be powered by either 240 volt or a10-year lithium battery
  • All smoke alarms must be interconnected
  • All smoke alarms must be photoelectric rather than ionisation
  • All smoke alarms must meet new Australian Standard 3786:2014

As set out in the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990;Building Fire Safety Regulations 2008 and Electrical Safety Act 2002. *A bedroom as determined under Smoke Alarm Solutions Terms of Service

The Queensland smoke alarm legislation came into effect from January 1, 2017 following a coronial inquest into the fatal 2011 Slacks Creek house fire.

  • From January 1, 2017, all new builds must meet the requirements.
  • From January 1, 2022, all dwellings sold or leased and Government-owned housing must comply
  • By January 1, 2027, all domestic dwellings must comply, which includes homeowners.

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.