Smoke Alarm Subsidy

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Thanks to the support of the State Government, the Smoke Alarm Subsidy has been provided for Victorians who are profoundly deaf.

The Expression Australia Smoke Alarm Subsidy covers the cost of a visual and vibrating smoke alarm.These alarms usually cost around $650* to the consumer, compared with a regular smoke alarm which costs around $20-$50.The State of Victoria has provided the Smoke Alarm Subsidy Initiative with funds to cover the cost of these alarms with the profoundly deaf consumer only having to pay $50.

Victorians are now able to apply for more than one smoke alarm per household. For example, if four people live together, and three of the four people are deaf. Three smoke alarms can be purchased for the same house, one for each deaf person.

*Correct as of December 2015

Eligibility Criteria - Can I apply?
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To receive a smoke alarm, you must meet all three point of the criteria:

1. Be profoundly deaf or have a cochlear implant. Provide your most recent (past 6 months) audiogram from an Audiology clinic.

2. Be over 13 years old or living independently.

3. Be able to provide one of the following:

  • One (1) reference from a service, Deaf club, support or social group where Auslan is the main form of communication.

  • One (1) reference from a member of Expression Australia, Victorian Council of Deaf People (VCOD) or Able Australia.

  • One (1) written reference from hearservice, Australian Hearing or private audiologist stating that you have a profound hearing loss 

You are now able to apply for more than one smoke alarm per household. For example, if four people live together, and three of the four people are deaf. Three smoke alarms can be purchased for the same house, one for each deaf person. 

You are not eligible to receive a smoke alarm if you:

1. Live in any of the following:

  • DHS Office of Housing accommodation (e.g. Public Housing)

  • DHS Disability Services accommodation (e.g. Community Residential Unit)

2. Are eligible to receive a smoke alarm or smoke alarm subsidy from any other source of government funding.

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pdf iconDownload and post an application form

Send your application form to:

Expression Australia
Attention: Smoke Alarm Subsidy
Level 4, 340 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
TTY: (03) 9473 1199
Ph: (03) 9473 1111
Fax: (03) 9473 1122

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To receive a smoke alarm, you need to make a $50 co-payment. If it will be difficult for you to meet this cost, you can apply to have the co-payment fee waived but you will need to prove this by either: 

1.    Holding a valid Health Care Card.

2.    Provide a letter of support from a Case Manager.

3.    Supply other documents to support your application to waive the co-payment.

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If you need more information about this subsidy or information about smoke alarms that can help Deaf people, please contact Expression Australia using the Contact Us page or you can contact

If your smoke alarm was subsidised by this scheme and destroyed in the February 2009 bushfires, please contact Expression Australia for a replacement free of charge.

pdfClick here to download the Eligibility Criteria

pdfClick here to download the flyer of the Smoke Alarm Kit

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What is the Smoke Alarm Subsidy Initiative? The Smoke Alarm Subsidy is a scheme supported by the Victorian State Government that assists people who are profoundly deaf to acquire a visual and vibrating smoke alarm at a reduced cost of $50.
What is the normal cost of a visual smoke alarm? Normally, the Brooks smoke alarm kit with a visual and vibrating alerter cost around $620 each including GST.
Why do I need a smoke alarm? When you’re asleep you lose your sense of smell. A smoke alarm is your electronic nose. It will alert you if there is smoke from a fire. A small fire can grow to involve an entire room in two or three minutes. A smoke alarm provides early warning and time to escape. Smoke alarms are compulsory in every home. It is the legal responsibility of all owners and landlords to install working smoke alarms.
How can I apply for a smoke alarm subsidy? You need to make sure you are eligible for an alarm by making sure you fit one of the three criteria to be able to receive an alarm. Once you are sure, click here to fill in the application form and send it to Expression Australia. 
I am not sure if I am ‘profoundly deaf’. What does that mean? You are considered to be profoundly deaf if you average a hearing loss of 90dB or more in both ears across the frequencies from 500Hz, 1000Hz, 2000Hz and 4000Hz when tested by an audiologist.

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