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Strata window safety required by March 2018

20 October 2017

By Tim McKibbin – REINSW CEO

Around 50 children accidentally fall from windows or balconies in Australia every year.

In an effort to reduce this number, the NSW Government is obligating all residential strata buildings in NSW to have safety devices installed on all above ground windows by 13 March 2018.


This means that windows which open and have a two metre or greater fall on the outside, and a 1.7 metre or less height on the inside, must be restricted to opening only 12.5cm.They must also meet a pressure test of 250 newtons/25.5kg of weight in pressure.

Lot owners may install a window safety device in their property at any time, letting the owners corporation know.

This is an important step forward for the safety of children and is one which the industry supports.