NSW Planning and Environment has advised that from 1 October 2017, new laws commence that affect building owners responsible for issuing fire safety statements, including a requirement that fire safety assessments be carried out by a competent fire safety practitioner.
An accreditation framework is currently being set up to accredit individuals as competent fire safety practitioners. As it will take some time for the accreditation scheme to become fully operational, the Department of Planning and Environment will be issuing interim guidance material to industry about how to select a competent fire safety practitioner. Further information can be found on the Building Fire Safety Regulation fact sheet issued by the Department of Planning and Environment.
Click here for the fact sheet for building owners. It’s worth a read!