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FPA Australia moves to fix up Fire Safety Schedules in NSW

Posted on : Wednesday, 29 April 2020

 

Fire Protection Association Australia has today written to the NSW Minister for Planning, the Hon. Rob Stokes MP, seeking amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000

 

These amendments are aimed at making it easier for errors within fire safety schedules to be corrected or recreated, overcoming a significant problem for annual fire safety assessments. 

 

Anecdote suggests that as many as 80% of schedules have problems, where they exist at all. 

 

These issues range from incorrect references to standards or the NCC to schedules that list features that don't even exist in the building! 

 

However, apart from the issue of a fire order, there is no legal way to correct schedules in existing buildings. 

 

The FPA Australia proposals seek to make it easier for practitioners to recreate schedules, where they have gone missing, or to amend administrative errors, without certifiers having to be liable for work they have not approved. 

 

We are also seeking more flexibility for councils to be lenient when repairs are required, so that owners who have to make repairs are able to do so without incurring fines from their local authorities. 

 

These changes will help to improve the accuracy of fire safety schedules and ensure better fire safety for both people and property.