Owners of caravan parks are required to re-register their caravan park through local government every three years. Councils often require caravan park owners to rework existing assessments and plans, despite no change in circumstances. In most circumstances the Country Fire Authority (CFA) is engaged to review fire and emergency arrangements. This adds little or no value to overall fire safety and is costly to those that run caravan parks.
The proposal is that, once issued, the registration of a caravan park should remain current and be subject to an annual registration fee and submission of a statement from the owner certifying that a self-assessment has been undertaken in accordance with a set of fire safety and emergency management standards.
Exceptions to this streamlined re-registration process would be where:
In these situations the fire safety standards and emergency management plan would need to be independently audited and reported on by a relevant professional at cost to the caravan park, with the report accompanying the re-registration application.
The Government is currently working to resolve a number of issues associated with implementation of this change, including:
In line with the objectives of the Regulations, which include providing for the health and safety of residents and short term occupiers of caravan parks, implementation of this change will depend upon Government being satisfied that the overall health and safety standards in caravan parks will be maintained.