Q1: Who is responsible for submitting the Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS)?
A: The building owner and/or its agent is typically responsible for submitting the AFSS.
Q2: What is the deadline for submitting the AFSS?
A: In New South Wales, the AFSS must be submitted to your local council and NSW Fire Rescue within 12 months after the previous statement was submitted.
Q3: Can I complete the Annual Fire Safety Statement myself?
A: No, since 1st July 2020, building owners are required to engage an Accredited Practitioner to conduct an assessment and endorse the AFSS prior to submission.
Q4: What happens if I fail to submit the AFSS on time?
A: Failure to submit the AFSS by the deadline may result in penalties or fines of up to $4,000. Councils may impose fines such as the following:
$1000 for the first week overdue
$2000 for the second week overdue
$3000 for the third week overdue
$4000 for the fourth and any subsequent week overdue
It's crucial to comply with the submission requirements to avoid any legal consequences. If you have any concerns about your compliance or deadlines, please reach out and we can help.
Q5: What is the role of an Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety)?
A: An Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety) (such as Total Fire) conducts a comprehensive assessment of the Essential Fire Safety Measures in your building to ensure compliance with regulations and standards. We provide a detailed assessment report and endorse the AFSS confirming your compliance with required standards.
Q6: How often should fire safety inspections be conducted?
A: Routine fire safety inspections should be conducted as per the guidelines outlined in the Australian Standard AS 1851-2012. The frequency may vary depending on the specific fire safety measures in the building. Please contact us to get a fire safety maintenance schedule for your specific needs.
Q7: Are there any specific qualifications or accreditations required for an Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety)?
A: Yes, an Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety) must hold the necessary qualifications and accreditations as mandated by the relevant authorities, such as being listed on the FPAS Fire Safety Assessment Accredited Practitioner Register. Total Fire Solutions is fully accredited, and our technicians are experts at these assessments.
Q8: Can I change my Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety) during the AFSS process?
A: Yes, it is possible to change your Accredited Practitioner if necessary. However, it's important to ensure a smooth transition and to inform the authorities about the change. If you have a current provider and wish to change, let us know and we can help with this transition.
Q9: Is the AFSS required for all types of buildings?
A: The requirement for an AFSS may vary depending on the jurisdiction and the type of building. Simply get in touch and we can help determine your individual requirements to ensure you are compliant.
Q10: What happens if the Essential Fire Safety Measures are found to be non-compliant?
A: If non-compliance is identified during the assessment, we will provide recommendations and work with you to rectify the issues and bring the building up to the required standards.
Q11: How much does an Annual Fire Safety Assessment (AFSS) cost?
A: The AFSS is not a ‘set’ fee. Completing the steps in section 2 and ensuring you are not penalised for non-compliance relies on a variety of factors. At Total Fire Solutions we offer finance options and a no-fine guarantee. To find out more and get an accurate quote, contact us.