All homes or units being sold or leased, or existing leases renewed, will require hardwired photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms. 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, if currently hardwired. Otherwise, smoke alarms can be either hardwired or powered by a non removable 10 yr 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
    • 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.
  • The obligations on property sellers are triggered by the date the initial sale contract is signed.
  • When a contract of sale is signed after the 31/12/21, the seller is obligated to upgrade the dwelling to the updated interconnected domestic smoke alarm standard prior to the dwelling being transferred.

 The property seller must declare on a “form 24” to the buyer as part of the transfer process that this obligation has been discharged.

If you have questions regarding new smoke alarm legislation, please contact your Walkers Real Estate agent or Property Manager.


Before you sell, you must ensure safety switches are installed for all power points circuits in your home.

 Safety switches have been compulsory on all new homes and extensions built since 1992 but if your home was built prior to this year and has not been rewired, it may not have the required safety switches.


 Pool safety laws require that before a contract is signed, the buyer must be given a pool safety certificate or a Form 36 notice of no safety certificate.

A Form 36 advises that the pool may not comply with the pool safety standard and outlines the steps that must be taken to comply. Buyers are becoming aware of the laws and if a pool has no safety certificate they may decide to make a pool inspection a condition of the contract and then seek to absorb the costs of making the pool compliant in the purchase price. A buyer who has been issued a Form 36 will be obligated to get a pool safety certificate within 90 days following settlement.

Form 17 Inspection Certificates, for new pools and Form 23 Pool Safety Certificates are valid for 2 years from the issue date. After 2 years, you do not require a new certificate unless selling or leasing the property.

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