New legislation was passed in March 2013 by the NSW Government to prevent children falling from windows. All windows above the ground floor in any existing residential strata schemes must be fitted with a lock or safety device which prevents the window opening more than 12.5cm. Owners corporations will have 5 years to fit these devices retrospectively.
Minister for Fair Trading Anthony Roberts said the installation of window safety devices in New York had resulted in a 96% reduction in child fall hospital admissions.
The new laws are in line with changes to the Building Code of Australia which made window safety devices compulsory in new residential buildings from 1 May 2013.
Sliding aluminium window lock and restrictor.