Annual Fire Safety Statements
A fire safety statement is a document issued by or on behalf of the owner(s) of an existing building on an annual basis.
There are two types of fire safety statements:
- Annual fire safety statements
An annual fire safety statement must be issued each year and include all the essential fire safety measures that apply to a building. The statement also verifies that an accredited practitioner (fire safety) has inspected and confirmed that the exit systems in the building are in compliance with the Regulation.
- Supplementary fire safety statements
A supplementary fire safety statement is issued at more regular intervals (as specified in the fire safety schedule) for any critical fire safety measures that apply to a building.
Fire safety statements must be issued using a standard template form published by the Government.
Following the commencement of the Fire Protection Australia (FPAA) accreditation scheme for accredited practitioners (fire safety), the department has updated the fire safety statement form. The new standard template form applies to all fire safety statements issued from 1 March 2021.
Note: Building owners should check the date on which their fire safety statement is likely to be issued before selecting the relevant form and preparing the statement.
Statements to be issued on or after 1 March 2021, use Version 3.1 of the template form:
For statements issued on or after 1 September 2022, use Version 4.0 of the template form:
Accredited practitioners (fire safety)
An accredited practitioner (fire safety) is a person that undertakes certain specialist fire safety assessment functions required by the Regulation.
Accredited practitioners (fire safety) were previously known as (and do the same work as) competent fire safety practitioners.