Changes to the Annual Essential Safety Measures Report (AESMR) have been
gazetted by the Victorian Government.
Gazetted on 12th September 2019 the changes have come after many
contractors and suppliers voiced their concerns with the updated
regulations. A Victorian Building Authority (VBA) email release described
the changes as "a consequence of amendments to the Building
Regulations 2018 and stakeholder feedback".
The AESMR template was changed in 2018 with the update to the
Victorian Building Regulations. The changes included the
requirement to list each individual technician who completed routine
servicing of an Essential Safety Measures (ESM) item, this has
now been removed.
The most recent changes include:
Removed the requirement to list individual technicians who performed
maintenance; replaced with "name and address of entity who
performed inspection, testing or maintenance".
Confirmation that an AESMR can be issued for part of a building:
"Where a building has multiple owners, each owning different parts
of the building (i.e. Class 2 apartments, Class 5 office, Class 6
shopping centre or similar), the AESMR can be issued for combined parts
of a building owned by seperate entities OR an AESMR can be issued for
each part of the building in seperate ownership".
Whilst we welcome the changes to the template, AESGs advice to all owners
/ managers is to ensure that all Essential Safety Measures systems are
being maintained by qualified contractors and that all emergency exits
and escapes are operational and provide safe egress for all occupants and
AESG is currently working on updating our report templates to reflect the
If you require further information about Essential Safety Measures please
contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 336 339