The Victorian Government has announced that AS1851-2012 Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment will now apply to all new and existing buildings in Victoria, despite what is indicated on occupancy permits.

The Standard provides prescribed routine servicing activities for fire protection systems and equipment.

The Building Amendment Regulations 2016 provides a mechanism for building owners to use AS1851-2012 for the maintenance of essential safety measures, in lieu of the version of the Standard listed on the occupancy permit for their building. This change came into effect on 1 May 2016.

This announcement is a result of ongoing advocacy by the fire protection industry. Victoria is the last of Australia’s states and territories to adopt the standard, and it now joins the rest of the country in encouraging best practice in fire safety.

Wormald welcomes the introduction of new regulation and encourages all building owners and facility managers in Victoria to familiarise themselves with the requirements.

Fire Protection Association of Australia’s CEO, Scott Williams, has heralded this a win for building owners, occupiers and the fire protection industry in Australia: “The Victorian Government should be commended on taking these important steps to ensure everything that can be done, is being done to promote best practice in the fire protection industry, which leads to safer buildings and ultimately better fire safety outcomes for all Victorians.”

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