AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise while the draft of the new Australian Standard AS 1851 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment is currently open for public comment, building owners and managers need to be aware that the issue of the new version of AS 1851 does not automatically mean that the new version must apply to your building. Unless a State/ Territory Government Authority adopts the new AS 1851 under their regulations, or a building surveyor/ Accredited Certifier nominates the new Standard new building works, any version of AS 1851 previously nominated by a local authority, building surveyor or accredited certifier for your building is the prevailing statutory Standard which must be followed.