Every Rental property in Queensland must meet the new smoke alarm legislation by 31st of December 2021.

The law changed on the 1st of January 2017 regarding Smoke Alarms. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) has also stated penalties will be strictly enforced for non-compliance. Smoke alarms must be:

  • Photoelectric and comply with Australian Standard (3786-2014); and
  • Not also contain an ionization sensor; and
  • Be less than 10 years old; and
  • Operate when tested; and
  • Be hardwired to the mains power supply with a secondary power source (i.e. battery); and
  • Be interconnected with every other required smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.


Why you should act now:

  • The reality is that Queensland doesn’t have sufficient resources to ensure that every rental property in Queensland is compliant before the deadline.
  • Approximately 450,000 QLD Rental properties must be made compliant, and as it gets closer to the date, demand will increase, the supply will be harder to get, and the cost of installation will skyrocket.
  • There is less than 711 working days left until the deadline, which is approx. 632 houses per day that must be made compliant. Don’t leave it until it’s too late!
  • Big fines will apply for non-compliance.
  • Thousands of landlords will lose their ongoing income if they are non-compliant
  • Tenants will not be able to renew their leases if the property is non-compliant
  • Rental properties will be left vacant and will not be able to be rented.

A report about the Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation – what you really need to know, can be found here. This report has been produced by the Smoke Alarm Association.

Are you Renovating / a Homeowner / planning to Sell / Leasing / a Landlord / currently Renting?


QFES has broken it down per situation so it is easy to understand what actions you need to take. This change in legislation impact’s every single property in Queensland. Click here to find out.

What is a Photoelectric Smoke Alarm? QFES explains in this link. 


The new legislation requires smoke alarms to be installed in the following locations:

  • On each storey
  • In each bedroom
  • In hallways that connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling
  • If there is no hallway, between the bedroom and other parts of the storey; and
  • If there are no bedrooms on a story, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

Please note this is for information purposes only and does not take into consideration your personal circumstances or needs. This is not to be treated as advice. Please refer to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) for further information. www.qfes.qld.gov.au .