Under NSW law building owners are required to provide an Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) to their local Council. The AFSS details a comprehensive list of site-specific fire safety measures and confirms the fire protection system is up to Australian Standards.

Building owners will receive notice from the Council when their Annual Fire Safety Statement is due to be submitted.

To provide the required information, a competent fire practitioner, accredited in accordance with the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) must then test and certify each required element.

Is it time to provide your Annual Fire Safety Statement to the Council? Read on to find out what steps you need to take to remain compliant.


What is included in an Annual Fire Safety Statement?

Every building will have unique AFSS requirements that differs depending on the layout, maximum occupancy, fire protection system and evacuation procedures.

Fire Safe ANZ are fully qualified and able to perform Annual Fire Safety Statement inspections. Our competent fire safety practitioners carry out client inspections for essential fire safety measures.

So, what is usually included in an Annual Fire Safety Statement?

Alarms and emergency exits

Fire safety equipment

Lighting and signage

Automatic failsafe devices

Automatic fire detection equipment

Emergency lighting

Alarm systems

Automatic fire suppression system

Warning & operational signs

Emergency warning & intercommunication systems (EWIS)

Fire sprinkler system

Paths of travel to exits

Exit signs

Fire dampers

Emergency evacuation diagrams

Fire doors

Fire extinguishers

Fire extinguisher location diagrams

Fire seals that protect openings in fire-resisting components of the structure

Fire blankets

Emergency procedure plans

Fire windows

Fire hydrant systems

Testing and tagging

Fire shutters

Fire hose reels


Lightweight construction inspection

Mechanical air handling systems


Smoke and heat vents

Portable fire extinguishers


Smoke doors

Smoke detectors & thermal (heat) detectors


Solid core doors

Window fire drenchers



Competent Fire Safety Practitioners

Since October 2017, Annual Fire Safety Statements must be completed by a “competent fire safety practitioner”. The independent accreditation, provided to by the Fire Protection Association of Australia, provides building owners in NSW with security and clarity during AFSS inspections.

Fire Safe ANZ are proud to be recognised by FPAS as a competent fire safety practitioner since the introduction of the accreditation.

Over and above the dedicated service of our highly qualified inspectors, our clients enjoy peace of mind their Annual Fire Safety Statements are completed in line with strict national safety standards.


How Fire Safe ANZ can help complete an Annual Fire Safety Statement

There are competent fire safety practitioners, then there is Fire Safe ANZ.

Our experienced team bring almost two decades of fire safety experience to every job we undertake, resulting in the best Annual Fire Safety Statements in NSW and surrounding areas.

Many of our clients benefit from maintenance packages that make inspections more efficient because our team can carry out multiple tasks in one easy visit.

From Annual Fire Safety Statements, to fire protection equipment, consultation, fire extinguisher training and ongoing maintenance, the safety of your business is in the best hands with Fire Safe ANZ.

Contact us to find out how we make AFSS inspections affordable, efficient and easy.

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