Smoke Detectors

It is the Landlord’s responsibility in Victoria to have properly fitted and maintained smoke detectors in each residential property complying with Australian Standards AS3786 – 1993.

In order to provide the necessary duty of care Living Here South Yarra has engaged the services of Detector Inspector to take care of the initial and annual maintenance responsibilities regarding smoke detectors.

All smoke detectors (electrical hard-wired and detachable) should be checked once a year and details recorded.  Many smoke detectors when checked have been either faulty, broken by tenants attempting to replace batteries, painted over or otherwise not in compliance with the relevant standards.  All smoke detectors also have up to a ten year use by date and therefore need to be replaced when expired. It is important that you fulfil your duty as a Landlord by keeping your property safe and hazard free for any occupants.

Annual maintenance/service of smoke detectors includes:


  • A thorough maintenance check to ensure smoke detectors are in working order, within expiry, and positioned correctly.
  • Documentation of records detailing whether properties comply with current smoke detector legislation. (Including: Building Commission requirements and compliance with Australian Standards 1993, AS 3786)
  • Decibel testing. (in accordance with Australian Standards 1993, AS 3786 Section 3.5)
  • Cleaning detector and surrounding areas including vacuum cleaning the grill. (in accordance with Australian Standards 1993, AS 3786 Section 3.4.8)
  • Battery replacement. (in accordance with Australian Standards 1993, AS 3786 Section 2.3)
  • Smoke test to ensure effective operation.
  • Button test to ensure effective operation.
  • Replacement of faulty and expired smoke detectors where necessary.  Ensuring that smoke detectors are securely fitted to ceiling. (in accordance with Australian Standards 1993, AS 3786 Section 2.6)

The costs of the service include:

Comprehensive Service

Includes the servicing of all smoke detectors per property / flat / apartment at $90.00 + GST.

  • The service includes the replacement of 9 Volt batteries in all smoke detectors with backup batteries.
  • The service is guaranteed for 12 months. No matter how many times Detector Inspector is called out to a property you are covered under the annual $90.00 + GST service charge.

$90.00 + GST is All You Will Pay

The annual charge is fixed at $90.00 + GST. Detector Inspector will ensure your property is current according to Building Commission regulations and Australian Standards AS3786. The fixed service charge will give you peace of mind that there will be no extra hidden costs. The replacement of all smoke detectors, including hard-wired smoke detectors is also included in the annual fee.

Contact us if you would like to take up this offer. Take the stress and pressure out of maintaining the smoke alarms in the your property yourself.

(03) 9826 1399