From 1st July 2022, the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs will support eligible carers to update smoke alarms in their homes by reimbursing carers up to $1,500 through the child related cost process. In order to receive financial support for the smoke alarm installation, carers need to meet the following criteria:
- The house subject to installation needs to be their principal place of residence and they must be the owners of the house
- Installation is for compliant alarms and can only be claimed once
- Installation has to be undertaken by a certified electrician.
All owner occupiers have until 1st January 2027 to update household smoke alarms to new standards. It is important to note that carers seeking reimbursement under the child related cost process are responsible for ensuring the work is done by a certified electrician. The Queensland Government will not reimburse carers who choose to supply and install smoke alarms themselves or through unlicensed suppliers or installers. Carers can confirm an electrician’s licence number on the Queensland government’s Electrical Safety website. For more information on the smoke alarm installation initiative, visit the Smoke alarm installation project webpage.