Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000
Fire sprinklers in certain residential aged care facilities
In this Division—Aged Care Act 1997 of the Commonwealth on 1 January 2013 (whether or not the person ceases to be such an approved provider after that date).means a person who is an approved provider within the meaning of themeans the technical standard entitled Fire Sprinkler Standard dated as in force from time to time and approved by the Planning Secretary.means the Fire Sprinkler System Implementation Committee constituted under clause 186Q., for a facility—see clause 186K., for a facility, means the date by which a person who operates the facility is required by this Division to install a fire sprinkler system in the facility.The Fire Sprinkler Standard is to be made publicly available on the website of the Department.
This Division applies to a facility at which residential care (within the meaning of the Aged Care Act 1997 of the Commonwealth) was provided immediately before 1 January 2013, but does not apply to—a facility in which a fire sprinkler system was installed before 1 January 2013, ora facility in which a fire sprinkler system is required to be installed in accordance with the Act or any other Act or law (including an order or a condition of a development consent), where the requirement arose before 1 January 2013.
Requirement to install fire sprinkler systems
An approved provider that operates a facility to which this Division applies must install a fire sprinkler system in the facility before—the nominated completion date for the facility, orif the required completion date has been postponed to a later date under clause 186L—that later date.A person who begins to operate a facility to which this Division applies after 1 January 2013 must install the fire sprinkler system in the facility before—the earlier of the following dates—the nominated completion date for the facility (if any),the date that is 12 months after the person begins operating the facility, orif the required completion date has been postponed to a later date under clause 186L—that later date.
Nominated completion date
An approved provider that operates a facility to which this Division applies must, before 1 March 2013, nominate one of the following dates as the date by which the approved provider will install the fire sprinkler system in the facility ( )—1 September 2014,1 March 2016.A nomination under this clause is to be made by giving notice in writing of the nominated completion date to the Implementation Committee. That notice is to—state the nominated completion date, andinclude—the name of the approved provider, andthe name and address of the facility, anddetails of the residential care provided at the facility, andin relation to a nomination of 1 September 2014 as the nominated completion date—describe any work completed for the purposes of the installation, andprovide an estimate of the date by which the installation will be completed, andotherwise be in the form approved by the Planning Secretary.A notice under subclause (2) may relate to more than one facility.
Postponement of required completion date for installation
A person who operates a facility to which this Division applies may apply once to the Implementation Committee for a postponement of the facility’s required completion date.An application under this clause made by an approved provider must be made before—in relation to a facility for which the nominated completion date is 1 September 2014—1 March 2014, andin relation to a facility for which the nominated completion date is 1 March 2016—1 March 2015.An application under this clause made by a person who began operating the facility concerned after 1 January 2013 must be made before the existing required completion date for the facility.An application under this clause is to be in the form approved by the Implementation Committee.The Implementation Committee may postpone the required completion date for the installation of the fire sprinkler system in the facility by a period of—in relation to a facility for which the nominated completion date is 1 September 2014 (other than a facility to which clause 186J (2) applies)—up to 6 months, andin any other case—up to 1 year.In determining whether to grant such a postponement, the Implementation Committee is to consider—whether the applicant has substantially complied with the implementation plan for the facility (if any), andwhether, if the application were to be refused, the requirement under this Division to complete the installation by the existing required completion date would create such a significant financial burden on the applicant that the provision of residential care at the facility may suffer, andany other matter that the Committee considers relevant.A postponement may be granted unconditionally or subject to conditions (including conditions requiring that other fire safety measures be implemented and maintained until the fire sprinkler system is installed).
Fire sprinkler systems to be installed in accordance with the Fire Sprinkler Standard
A fire sprinkler system must be installed in accordance with the Fire Sprinkler Standard.
Final occupation certificate to be provided to Implementation Committee
A person who is required by this Division to install a fire sprinkler system in a facility must, before the relevant required completion date, provide the Implementation Committee with a final occupation certificate to show that the fire sprinkler system has been installed in the facility.
Installation of fire sprinkler systems in facilities with 1 March 2016 as nominated completion date
If an approved provider of a facility nominated 1 March 2016 as the nominated completion date for the facility, the approved provider must—before 1 September 2013, provide an implementation plan to the Implementation Committee, andbefore 1 March 2014 (and every 1 September and 1 March after that date unless the fire sprinkler system has been installed), provide a progress report to the Implementation Committee.An implementation plan is to—specify details of the proposed installation of the fire sprinkler system (including any approvals required for the installation), anddescribe any work completed for the purposes of the installation, andprovide an estimate of the date by which the installation will be completed, andspecify the capital investment value of installing the fire sprinkler system, andbe in a form approved by the Implementation Committee, andinclude any other information that the Implementation Committee directs (in its approved form) is to be included in the plan.A progress report is to—specify any changes to information provided to the Implementation Committee in the implementation plan or an earlier progress report, andbe in a form approved by the Implementation Committee.In this clause, means an approval under the Act and includes a development consent, a complying development certificate or any other certificate under Part 6 of the Act.
Notices relating to residential aged care facilities without fire sprinkler systems
A person who is required by this Division to install a fire sprinkler system in a facility must, until that fire sprinkler system is installed, display a notice in accordance with this clause.The notice must—state that the facility does not have a fire sprinkler system installed, andspecify the date by which this Division requires that a fire sprinkler system be installed in the facility, andbe in the form approved by the Planning Secretary.The notice must be displayed—in a prominent position at the principal pedestrian entrance to the facility, andCorporations Act 2001 of the Commonwealth), that relates to the facility.on the website (if any) of the person, or of any related body corporate of the person (within the meaning of theThis clause has effect from 30 April 2013.
The Planning Secretary is to constitute a Fire Sprinkler System Implementation Committee (the ).The Implementation Committee is to consist of not more than 6 persons appointed by the Planning Secretary, of whom—one is to be appointed as Chairperson of the Committee, andone is to be a person employed in the Department, andone is to be a person employed in Fire and Rescue NSW, nominated by the Commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW, andone is to have expertise or experience in the aged care industry, andone is to have expertise or experience in fire protection system design and installation, andone is to have expertise or experience in representing seniors in community organisations.The Implementation Committee has the following functions—determining the form of implementation plans and progress reports under this Division,reviewing those implementation plans and progress reports,publishing those implementation plans and progress reports (but excluding statements of the capital investment value of installing a fire sprinkler system) on the Department’s website,determining applications for the postponement of the required completion dates for the installation of fire sprinkler systems in residential care facilities,monitoring the progress of the installation of fire sprinkler systems in accordance with this Division,any other function conferred or imposed on the Committee by this Regulation or any other law.A member of the Implementation Committee—holds office for such term as is determined by the Planning Secretary, andceases to hold office in such circumstances as are determined by the Planning Secretary, andis entitled to such remuneration, if any, and to the payment of such expenses, if any, as are determined by the Planning Secretary, andholds office subject to such conditions as are determined by the Planning Secretary.The procedure at meetings of the Implementation Committee is to be determined by the Planning Secretary or, in the absence of any such determination, by the Committee.The quorum at a meeting of the Implementation Committee is a majority of the members for the time being of the Committee.The Implementation Committee is to provide the Planning Secretary with the following—an annual report of the Committee’s operations during the preceding year by 1 March in every calendar year,any other information or report that is requested by the Planning Secretary.The Planning Secretary must, as soon as is reasonably practical after receiving the Implementation Committee’s annual report—provide a copy of that report to the Minister and the Minister for Ageing, andpublish a copy of that report on the Department’s website.
Applications for complying development certificates and construction certificates for installation of fire sprinkler systems
An application for a complying development certificate or a construction certificate for the installation of a fire sprinkler system in a facility to which this Division applies must contain the following information and be accompanied by the following documents—building work plans that show—the location of the key components of the system (including sprinkler heads, valves, pumps, boosters and test connections) and associated alarm signalling equipment, andthe layout of pipework associated with the system, andany other building work that is necessary to install the fire sprinkler system (including fire separation works),the specifications of—the fire sprinkler system to be installed (including the flow and pressure of the water supply), andany other building work that is necessary to install the fire sprinkler system.