Austral Smoke Alarms Australia specialise in Australian compliant 10 Year Battery Interconnected Photoelectric Smoke Alarms that can be installed by anyone (DIY) with no electrician required. Electrician only required to install our 240V Hardwired Smoke Alarms. Austral smoke alarms are compliant with current and upcoming legislative requirements and are fitted with non-removable 10 year batteries.

CSIRO Activfire and TUVRheinland Certified AS3786-2014

Photoelectric technology works by detecting large particles in the air. In modern homes, furnishings contain a significant amount of synthetic materials that smoulder and give off large, visible smoke particles when they burn.

Photoelectric technology is more sensitive to the large smoke particles produced by smouldering fires. This means a fire can be detected sooner, and why we recommend using interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms.



Will I need an Electrician?

No, as our AUSTRAL wireless smoke alarms have a built-in 10 year battery (not hardwired to 240v mains power) they can be easily DIY installed and do not require an electrician.

Please note: However if you purchase one of our 240V hardwired smoke alarms then yes, it will need to be installed by a licensed electrician.

Where do smoke alarms need to be installed?

  • In every bedroom.
  • In hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling; or
  • If there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the story.
  • If there are no bedrooms on a story at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

Requirements to ensure smoke alarms are compliant?

In Queensland, smoke alarms must meet the following requirements:

  • Smoke alarms must be photoelectric.
  • Alarms must be interconnected, when one alarm goes off, they all should giving everyone in the dwelling plenty of time to react.
  • The alarm must be hard wired or contain a non removable 10 year lithium battery, a combination of both may be allowed.
  • Smoke alarms must not also contain an ionisation sensor.
  • Comply with Australian Standard AS3786:2014.
  • Be less than 10 years old, Wired or wireless require replacement 10 years from, the manufactures date (displayed on alarm).

How do Wireless Interconnected Smoke Alarms work?

Wireless interconnected smoke alarms work by communicating with each other using a radio frequency (RF) signal, without the need to physically install hard cabling between each alarm. 

When one alarm detects smoke, it will wirelessly ‘talk’ to all other alarms paired within the same network using the RF signal, so that all activate simultaneously (usually within 10 seconds of the initial detection). This provides a greater early warning and response time for occupants, especially in multi-story dwellings.

Our smoke alarms cannot be affected by other household RF devices (i.e. wireless smoke alarms situated in neighbouring properties) as the technology is purposely designed to eliminate any such interference during the unique network pairing process.

TV or A/C remote controls do not interfere with our alarms either as they typically use different technology (infrared IR vs radio frequency RF). The alarms do not use internet or home WiFi.

When can a wireless battery smoke alarm not be used?

QLD legislation states that if an existing 240v hard wired alarm is to be replaced, it must be replaced with a 240v hard wired photoelectric smoke alarm.

The National Construction Code also states that any new dwellings being built or dwellings being substantially renovated must have 240v hard wired photoelectric alarms installed.

Can I instal AUSTRAL smoke alarms in my Queensland property?

Yes you can, all our smoke alarms meet Australian Standards and comply with Queensland legislation.

Do I need a Compliance Certificate if Selling my home in QLD?

No, the seller does not need to provide a compliance certificate to confirm the smoke alarms are compliant. The seller only needs to tick yes in the relevant box in the schedule of contract.

Do I need a compliance certificate if I install AUSTRAL smoke alarms?

Good news! A compliance certificate is not needed. The seller of a Queensland property does not need to provide a certificate to to confirm the smoke alarms are installed and are compliant.The seller only needs to tick yes or no to the relevant box in the schedule of the contract.

Before selling your property, as the seller should ensure the smoke alarms installed are compliant in accordance with its legal obligations under the Fire and Emergency Services Act.

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