ESM – 27
March 2017

Essential Services Terms and Annual Fire Safety Statements

AUST Regulatory requirements for states and territories. Currently each Australian State and Territory Government is responsible for establishing the requirements for the servicing of passive, egress and fire protection systems and equipment nominated as essential safety measures in statutory documents relative to their buildings. The Federal Government is responsible for Commonwealth land and buildings, regardless of which State or Territory the land is located in.

Each State or Territory establishes this control through an Act of Parliament, and this is their primary form of legislation. These Acts in turn, authorise the making of Regulations to administer the Act. Put simply, the Act establishes the principles and objectives for compliance, while the Regulations detail how these objectives are to be achieved.

Regulations, in turn, reference external documents such as Codes or Standards in whole, in part or in modified form. This allows for documents such as the National Construction Code (Building Code of Australia) and Australian Standards to form part of the regulatory and essential safety measures regime, of each State or Territory.

The following nominates each states defined term for essential services and where applicable the mandatory annual fire safety statement.

Essential Services Terms and Annual Fire Statement

State or Territory Defined Term for Essential Safety Measures Name of Annual Statement
ACT Active Fire Safety Systems Annual Verification Certificate
NSW Essential Fire Safety Measures Annual Fire Safety Certificate
NT Safety Measures (previous NCC reference) None Exists
QLD Fire Safety Installations and Special Fire Services Annual Occupiers Statement
SA Essential Safety Provisions Annual Certificate of Compliance
TAS Essential Safety and Health Features / Measures Annual Maintenance Statement
VIC Essential Safety Measures Annual Essential Safety Measures Report
WA Safety Measures None Exists

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