New requirements for smoke alarms will apply in Queensland from 1 January 2017, due to changes made to the Fire and Emergency Act 2008.
All building approval applications made after 31 December 2016 for new building work or substantial renovations to Class 1a or a sole occupancy unit of a Class 2 building must allow for installation of photoelectric smoke alarms complying with AS 3786-2014 Smoke alarms using scattered light, transmitted light or ionization.
There are also transitional requirements to install photoelectric smoke alarms into leased, sold and existing dwellings within designated time frames.
These new smoke alarm requirements will also apply to substantial renovations carried out under a building development approval for alterations to an existing building or structure.
‘Substantial’ is defined as any alteration or previous structural alteration approved or completed in the previous three years and representing more than half the volume of the existing building or structure measured over its roof and external walls.
Photoelectric smoke alarms for new building work or substantial renovations must be installed so they are interconnected and hardwired to the domestic building’s electricity supply.
Photoelectric smoke alarms must be installed on or near the ceiling in every bedroom.
Under the National Construction Code they must also be installed in the following locations.
Installed on or near the ceiling in:
(a) any storey containing bedrooms—
(i) between each part of the dwelling containing bedrooms and the remainder of the dwelling; and
(ii) where bedrooms are served by a hallway, in that hallway; and
(b) any other storey not containing bedrooms and/or egress paths for a Class 2 sole occupancy unit.
More information can be found on the government websites – always best to play it safe and make sure you comply.