Dwellings being sold, leased or lease renewal. rental smoke alarms

Full Range of smoke alarms to suit Queensland regulations available in Hervey bay

From first of January 2017

  • Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than 10 years ago must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms which comply with Australian Standards (AS) 3786-2014. (Note: the date should be stamped on the back) 
  • Smoke alarms that do not operate when tested must be replaced immediately. 
  • Existing hardwired smoke alarms that need replacement, must be replaced with a hardwired photoelectric smoke alarm. 
  • It is also recommended that: 
    • smoke alarms be either hardwired or
    • powered by a non-removable 10-year battery; and
    • ionisation smoke alarms be replaced with photoelectric type as soon as possible.
    • For the best protection smoke alarms should be installed on each storey:
  • in every bedroom
  • in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling
  • if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey; and
  • If there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm should be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.
  • All smoke alarms should be interconnected.
To get everyone out safely during a house fire, it is essential to also have a well-practised fire escape plan. 

Existing landlord’s and tenant’s obligations continue. Property sellers must continue to lodge a Form 24 stating the requirements of the legislation have been met. See New Smoke Alarm Legislation for more details.

From first of January 2022

All homes or units being sold or leased, or existing leases renewed, will require the installation of hardwired photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms. If a hardwired smoke alarm cannot be installed, non-removable 10-year battery smoke alarms can be installed in place.

Smoke alarms in the dwelling must: 

be photoelectric (AS3786-2014); and

not also contain an ionisation sensor; and

Be hardwired to the mains power supply with a backup power source (i.e. battery), although dwellings which were existing prior to 1 Jan 2017 can be hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery, or a combination of both.

be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.

The legislation requires smoke alarms must be installed in the following locations: 

on each storey

in each bedroom

in hallways that connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling

if there is no hallway, between the bedroom and other parts of the storey; and

if there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

If a smoke alarm which is hardwired to the domestic power supply needs replacement, it must be replaced with a hardwired photoelectric smoke alarm.


Kool Spark has your Rental smoke alarms in Hervey Bay covered 


What’s required by law?

  • When it is time for your property's alarms to be upgraded, those alarms must:
    • be photoelectric and comply with Australian Standard 3786-2014
    • not also contain an ionisation sensor; and 
    • be less than 10 years old; and
    • operate when tested; and
    • be interconnected with every other ‘required’ smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.
  • Any existing smoke alarm being replaced from 1 January 2017 must be a photoelectric-type alarm which complies with Australian Standard 3786-2014.
  • If a smoke alarm which is hardwired to the domestic power supply needs replacement, it must be replaced with a hardwired photoelectric smoke alarm.
  • In existing domestic dwellings, it is possible to have a combination of smoke alarms (240v and battery operated) and interconnectivity can be both wired and wireless.

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