Australian New Zealand Standard AS / NZS 1841.5:2007 Portable Fire Extinguishers - Specific Requirements for Powder Type Extinguishers - Victoria


You may be required to comply with this standard if you intend to use certain equipment in a fire protected area during a prohibited period and the weather conditions are such that there is a danger of fire spreading.

Equipment includes:

  • welders
  • grinders
  • chain saws
  • motor driven pumps.

Fire protected area means any land within a State forest, national park or other protected public land (or within 1.5km of a protected forest or national park).

Ordinarily it is illegal to use a chain saw, motor vehicle or other non-stationary engine in the open air or in contact with vegetation during the prohibited period in a fire protected area.

This does not apply if certain conditions are met, including that (if there is no adequate water supply) you have one dry chemical fire extinguisher that complies with this standard and AS/NZS 1841.1:2007.

The standard sets out requirements for portable hand-operated knapsack spray pumps of the water-container type for firefighting, and specifies materials and construction details, and includes performance test requirements.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required by your business.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Forests Act 1958 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Forests (Fire Protection) Regulations 2014 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Parks Victoria