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To better safeguard people, the NSW government has announced reforms to improve the design, installation, certification, and maintenance of important fire safety systems in residential apartment buildings.
According to Kevin Anderson, NSW Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation: “Fire safety is absolutely critical for those living in apartments and the NSW government is committed to keeping residents safe. While we have already made significant reforms to lift standards in the industry, our research shows defects in fire safety systems are still the second most common in apartments. That’s why we commissioned this important work and will be implementing all of its recommendations.”
Mr Anderson said the reforms are the output of nine months of work by a technical working group of representatives from 16 organisations that include fire practitioners, certifiers, strata and building managers, engineers, educators, councils, and the regulator.
The working group examined the regulatory framework, industry practice, and the role of regulatory bodies such as councils, Fire and Rescue NSW, and NSW Fair Trading.
The evaluation resulted in a proposal of a number of substantial improvements that will be implemented in 2022, including:
The NSW government’s continuous commitment to fire safety has been praised by Leigh Gesthuizen, acting chief executive of the Fire Protection Association Australia.
“This work is a significant step forward towards lifting industry standards and delivering a safer community, and the association acknowledges the valuable contribution made to these reforms by its outgoing president, Bill Lea,” Mr Gesthuizen said.
The fire safety report is part of the NSW government’s Construct NSW transformation agenda, which aims to make the residential building and construction industry more trustworthy by 2023.
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