Essential Safety Measures are
defined as the fire and life safety items installed or
constructed in a building to ensure adequate levels of fire
safety over the life of a building.
Every building owner is obligated to maintain the Essential
Safety Measures installed their building under part 12 of
the 2006 Building Regulations (Vic).
constructed or substantially renovated after 1994
are issued with an Occupancy Permit which defines the Essential
Safety Measures located in the building. The permit also defines
the maintenance program required for each Essential Safety
Measure. Under part 12 of the 2006 Building regulations (Vic),
owners of these properties are required to maintain all
Essential Safety Measures installed on the property as
prescribed and to annually report on their maintenance by
completing an Essential Safety Measures Report.
Buildings constructed before 1994,
have no specified schedule of Essential Safety Measures.
Owners however, are still required to maintain any
Measures installed on the property.
Under new regulations
introduced in 2006, all buildings in Victoria (except
freestanding homes) must complete an annual Essential Safety
Measures Report commencing June 13, 2009. To achieve this a
compliant maintenance program must be in place by June 13, 2008.
is available to identify all Essential Safety measures in a
building, commence a compliant maintenance program and complete
an Essential Safety Measures Report.