Queensland’s smoke alarm laws went into effect on January 1, 2017. All new and significantly renovated dwellings must have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms that comply with Australian Standard 3786-2014 (AS 3786-2014) installed by this date.
New and substantially built residences should have compliant smoke alarms installed as part of the construction process, as required by the National Construction Code (NCC). This is officially called the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Building Regulation 2006.
There are other specific requirements for sloping ceilings, stairways, and ceilings with exposed beams, which are explained in detail in the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008.
Suppose a homeowner or landlord decides to install or replace a smoke alarm, regardless of the age of the home. In that case, it must be replaced with an AS 3786-2014 compliant interconnected photoelectric smoke alarm. These regulations will apply to all rented and sold residences beginning January 1, 2022. A landlord must comply by January 1, 2022 to rent their property legally. Property sellers must continue to file a Form 24 certifying that all legal requirements have been met. These regulations will apply to all homes beginning January 1, 2027.