NSW Window Safety Legislation
Overview of NSW Window Safety Legislation
In 2013, new window safety laws were introduced to help prevent children from falling from windows in residential strata buildings. This was in response to research by the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, which identified that an average of one child per week was admitted as a result of falling from windows, resulting in serious and life-threatening injury. NSW Window Safety Legislation states that all strata buildings in NSW must be fitt ed with window safety locks so that the window opens at less than 12.5cm, hence greatly reducing the risk of a fall. A Child Safety Lock must be fitted to all openable windows sitting 2m or higher above the ground, with an internal height of 1.7m or less. According to the legislation, Owners’ Corporations must have had approved child safety devices installed on all applicable common property windows from 13 March 2018, or be at risk of non-compliance. Regulation 31 of the Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Child Window Safety Devices) Act 2013 states the following:
1. A building in a strata scheme is a building to which section 64A of the Act applies if the building contains lots used for
2. A window within any such building is a window to which section 64A of the Act applies if:
(a) it is a window within the meaning of the Building Code of Australia, and
(b) it can be opened, and
(c) the lowest level of the window opening is less than 1.7m above the surface of any internal floor that abuts the wall of
which it forms part, and
(d) the internal floor is 2m or more above the surface of any external surface below the window that abuts the wall, and
(e) it is a window on common property to which access can be gained from a residence in a strata scheme or a window on
any part of the building that is part of a residence.
3. A screen, lock or any other device is a complying window safety device for the purposes of section 64A of the Act if it:
(a) is capable of restricting the opening of a window so that a sphere having a diameter of 125mm or more cannot pass
through the window opening, and
(b) is capable of resisting an outward horizontal action of 250 newtons, and
(c) has a child resistant release mechanism, in the case of a device that can be removed, overridden or unlocked.
Steps to Compliance
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