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NSW Government Building Regulation and Certification Reform

11/5/2017
NSW Government Building Regulation and Certification Reform

The NSW Government has introduced new fire safety regulations designed to strengthen the state’s building regulation and certification system. The new regulations have a requirement for fire safety statement assessments to be carried out by a competent fire safety practitioner. The new regulation come into effect on 1 October 2017.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has prepared a circular called Building Fire Safety Regulation new and changed requirements.

Building Owners
The NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) is presently working on establishing a coregulatory framework for recognising industry schemes for accrediting individuals as competent fire safety practitioners. In the interim Building Owners who must issue fire safety statements will need to ensure that the person who performs one of the new functions is competent, and to confirm this in writing.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has prepared a document called Competent fire safety practitioner – A guide for building owners who must issue fire safety statements.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has prepared new standard forms for Interim/Final Fire Safety certificates and Annual/Supplementary Fire Safety Statements.

Accreditation Schemes
The Secretary of the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) has presently has NOT recognised a class of persons as competent fire safety practitioners for the purposes of one or more provisions of this Regulation. As such there are currently no recognised Accreditation Schemes.

Article Credit: FSP Media

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