NSW Government releases new standard template for fire safety statements

Posted on : Friday, 19 February 2021

This week the Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment released a new template form for annual and supplementary fire safety statements.  

The form - available on the Department's website - must be used from Monday, 1 March, 2021.  

It was updated to reflect regulatory changes following the commencement of the Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018 (the Act) which changed some regulatory arrangements and terms - for example, replacing 'Competent Fire Safety Practitioner' with 'Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety)'.  

In making the changes, the Government acknowledged its approval of FPA Australia as an accreditation authority under s.59 of the Act, and its acceptance of the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) as mandatory for most fire systems designers and for fire safety assessors.  

Amendments have been made to the detail on the form itself and in the supporting notes, so practitioners are advised to read all of them carefully.  

For fire safety statements issued:  

  • before 1 March, 2021, version 3.0 of the form should be used; and 
  • from 1 March, 2021, onwards, version 3.1 should be used.   


For more information, have a look at the Department's Frequently Asked Questions - February 2021, or contact FPA Australia.