AICWA has contacted DMRIS to obtain additional information on the recent changes (Jan 1st, 2019) so as to understand requirements for landlords, buyers and sellers.
DMIRs previously advised that:
The 2018 edition of AS/NZS 3000:2018, Electrical Installations (known as the Wiring Rules) is now available. The new standard has been developed by Standards Australia in collaboration with industry and government.
Source:23rd January 2019 AICWA e-Newsletter
Source: 6th December 2018 AICWA e-Newsletter
Is a Hard Wired Smoke Alarm Enough?
We have written on the important topic of smoke alarms on numerous times in the past and it has always generated considerable interest. Key issues have included:
What is the Current Issue with Smoke Alarms?
Hard wired smoke alarms were required to be installed on all new properties from 1 October 1997. READ MORE HERE.
Source:13th July 2018 AICWA e-Newsletter
You might be exempt from the electrical and smoke alarm safety requirements...
DMIRS Bulletin #78
Smoke alarms in dwellings proposed for demolition
Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of the dwelling.
Changes to the Regulations that come into effect on 22 January 2018 provide an exemption for owners who are transferring ownership to a person intending to demolish the dwelling.
This means the current owner of a dwelling that is subject to transfer of ownership may choose not to install smoke alarms if the new owner has provided a declaration of intended demolition to the current owner before the transfer of ownership.
Bulletin can be view HERE
What you need to know:
The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) have previously published information regarding the issuing of electrical safety certificates.
NECA has received confirmation via email from the Department of Commerce stating the following:
“Safety certificates are not to be issued unless it is installation work as described in the Electrical (licensing) regulations 1991 section 52B. Going to a property and ensuring correct operation and that the premises complies to the legislation is not installation work. The form is an official certificate and cannot be altered or details entered that do not relate to installation work that you the contractor have performed. We suggest in your circumstance that a letter which must have a company letter head should be sent when doing compliance inspections. This letter can outline whatever requirements are necessary including the amount of RCD’s number of Smoke detectors were they all operational and installed as per the Australian standards, were any faults or concerns found that may need further investigations or rectifications. The letter can include or exclude as much as the client requirements are you can add similar ticks and flick sections like the safety certificate but under no circumstances should a safety certificate be issued unless installation work has been done “.
AICWA is currently waiting to hear back from NECA regarding the template recommend to their members for producing an Electrical Condition Report.
Source: AICWA newsletter 4 October 2016
Electrical Condition Report - Update source:25 October 2016 AICWA Newsletter
The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) have previously published information regarding the issuing of electrical safety certificates and Electrical Condition Report. In their communications to their members they have also provided an example of an “Electrical Condition Report”. View a Report HERE
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