Essential Services Management Update Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) Regulations

Essential Services Management Update Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) Regulations

The NSW Government has introduced reforms to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation which introduced enhanced requirements relating to fire safety in existing buildings. Part of this was the introduction of Competent Fire Safety Practitioner (CFSP) and accreditation. Over the past few years there has been a transition to accreditation of CFSP and this will now come into effect 6th April 2020.

What does this mean to you as a Building Owner?
All contractors completing work on the fire safety systems must be an accredited CFSP in the area of practice to which they are endorsing. As part of the Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) all contractors are to ensure that the fire safety system performs to the standard of performance it was installed to, then endorse this on the statutory form. As a fully accredited CFSP, McKenzie Group can manage the annual process and complete the areas of fire safety that may not be captured by specific contractors including exits and egress, fire control rooms and the like. We will also collate all certificates and manage the final completion of the AFSS ensuring the new Fire Safety Statement complies to Part 9 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000. When complete we can issue to Council and FRNSW on your behalf.

The implementation of the new legislation effective 6th April 2020 is expected to cause initial disruption but will certainly see an improvement to the maintenance and endorsement of fire safety systems in your buildings. The reforms are to be commended in improving the fire safety in buildings and we look forward to providing ongoing professionally accredited services to support you in ensuring  your ongoing building compliance.

If you would like further information or to discuss the changes please contact Frank Bakker Bakker, General Manager Compliance Management on

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