Use of smoke alarms to prevent smoke and fire related deaths

20 April 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-405-4

View the report as a single document - (PDF 571KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Members of the committee (PDF 24KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 6KB)
Recommendations (PDF 65KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and background (PDF 131KB)

Referral of the inquiry
Extension of reporting date
Conduct of the inquiry
References to the Hansard transcript
Report structure
Recent fire tragedies in Australia
Current regulatory scheme for residential smoke alarms
Structures constructed prior to the commencement of the NCC

Chapter 2 - Smoke and fire related incidents, deaths, injuries and property damage (PDF 156KB)

Fire-related incidents
Smoke and fire-related deaths
Fire-related injuries
Fire-related property damage
Inconsistency and gaps in data
The impact of fire-related deaths and injuries
Susceptibility to fire-related deaths and injuries

Chapter 3 (PDF 151KB)

Ionisation or photoelectric smoke alarms?
Cost of smoke alarms
Location of smoke alarms
Committee view

Additional Comments from Government Senators (PDF 10KB)
Appendix 1 (PDF 7KB)

Public submissions
Tabled documents
Answers to questions on notice

Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 62KB)
Appendix 3 - Further smoke alarm requirements for building classes pursuant to the NCC (PDF 86KB)
Appendix 4 - Detailed requirements for smoke alarms in existing buildings (constructed prior to the NCC) (PDF 32KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560