New Window Safety Laws

Child and His Undivided Attention

Minister for Fair Trading Anthony Roberts today introduced into Parliament new window safety laws to help prevent children falling from windows in residential strata buildings.

Window safety devices provide the last line of defence to prevent a serious injury or death. In March 2013, the NSW Government agreed to a range of measures, including an amendment to the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996.

This followed a report by The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Working Party for the Prevention of Children Falling from Residential Buildings.

Mr Roberts said that the NSW Government will amend Strata and Residential Tenancies legislation to require owners corporations to install safety devices on all windows that pose a safety risk to young children, allow owners to install safety devices regardless of the by-laws of the strata scheme and to include window safety devices in the prescribed condition report for rental premises.

Owners Corporations will be required to install these safety devices by 13 March 2018 that allows windows above the ground floor to open to a maximum of 12.5cm when the lock is engaged.

For more information visit NSW Office of Fair Trading.

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