It is estimated that more than 60,000 people live in Commonwealth Government accredited residential aged care facilities across NSW and that, as at March 2013, about 55% of all existing residential aged care facilities do not have fire sprinkler systems installed.
After the devastating fires at Quakers Hill in November 2011, the New South Wales government established laws requiring the mandatory installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems in all residential aged care facilities in NSW effective January 1, 2013 by or before March 2016.
A number of facilities were required to meet an earlier deadline of 1 September 2014 and the remainder of aged care facilities must retrofit fire sprinkler systems by 1 March 2016. These aged care providers are subject to strict reporting requirements and regular review.
On July 1, 2015, Ivan Donaldson, Chairperson of the Fire Sprinkler Systems Implementation Committee published the Fire Sprinkler Systems Implementation Committee Annual Report. This report provides the Government and Community a progress report and overview of the implementation plan for the period March 2014 – February 2015.