From the 1st of January 2017, if an existing alarm is faulty, damaged or fails to sound when tested or expired (Smoke Alarms only have a 10-year life span from date of manufacture) it MUST be replaced with a Photoelectric Smoke Alarm. If the existing Smoke Alarms in the dwelling are hardwired to the 240V household circuit the replacement Photoelectric Smoke Arm will need to be hardwired. In all other cases replacement Photoelectric Smoke Alarms can be either 240V Hard Wired or powered by a 10-year Tamper Proof Battery

From the 1st of January 2027, all remaining Dwellings will need to comply.

  • If your smoke alarm has a radiation symbol on it, it should be replaced as it is an ionisation smoke alarm.

  • All Smoke Alarms have a 10 year life span. Check the expiry date on your alarm today.

Existing Alarms

New Dwellings or Renovations

Queensland is making Photoelectric Smoke Alarms compulsory. The changes will be phased in over a 10-year period commencing the 1st of January 2017.

From the 1st of January 2022, all dwellings that are Sold or Leased will need to comply at the time the contract of sale or an accommodation agreement is entered into   

Sold or Leased

What does new legislation mean for you?

Remaining Dwellings


From the 1st of January 2017, all New dwellings and Substantially renovated Dwellings (this applies to building applications submitted from 1st Jan 2017) MUST install 240V Hard Wired Photoelectric Smoke Alarms that must be interconnected