What is an Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS)?

An AFSS is a document submitted by building owners to Local Council on an annual basis for most Class 2 - 9 occupancies.


Class 2 - 9 occupancies include: residential units, hotels, motels, boarding houses, offices, retail outlets, car-parks, warehouses, factories, hospitals, assembly buildings and aged care facilities.


The AFSS states that all essential fire safety measures within the building remain compliant with the original standards of performance in relation to the current fit-out and use of the building.

In other words; the essential fire safety measures within the building must perform as originally designed, even though the layout, use or fit-out of the building may have changed since installation.


Essential fire safety measures include: fire detection systems, fire sprinklers, fire doors, emergency evacuation lighting, hydrants, hose reels, extinguishers, occupant warning systems and more.


Local Councils normally request submission of the annual fire safety statement, however it is the building owner's responsibility to provide this statement to Council on an annual basis (regardless of whether it has been requested or not).

If the owner does not know or is not completely sure that the essential fire safety measures within the building meet the minimum performance requirements of the stated standards of performance, a fire safety assessment (visual inspection) should be performed by a properly qualified person of the owner's choice. The fire safety assessment should identify any non-compliant issues or deficiencies relating to the fire safety measure/s assessed.

Any deficiencies identified should be rectified prior to submission of the annual fire safety statement to Local Council.


Issue of annual fire safety statements

The fire safety assessment is required to be conducted within the 3 month period proceeding the date of the statement (due date).

The building owner has the choice to select the person who will be used to conduct any fire safety assessments.

The assessment should include a visual inspection throughout all parts of the building to ensure the fire safety measures have not been compromised in any way.

The assessment should determine if the fire safety measures have been adequately serviced and maintained, and the testing results should be verified to ensure the fire safety measures remain capable of performing as originally designed.

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