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Advancing Professionalism

(Important Announcement)

I would like to inform you of a very important announcement.

As of 1 September 2011 membership of FPA Australia will include two clearly separate categories when it will become compulsory for all Corporate Members to hold Public & Products Liability Insurance.

Early in 2011, the FPA Australia Board of Directors engaged in a strategic planning day to discuss the future direction of the Association. A key discussion point was increasing the profile and professionalism of the fire protection industry and in particular the value of engaging FPA Australia members.

It was unanimously agreed that one of a range of initiatives necessary was to ensure that the wider industry and community choosing the services of Corporate Members could do this with confidence that these members held appropriate insurance.

Liability insurance is considered to protect both the consumer and individual member interests and the Association is proud to advocate this requirement to underline the responsible business practices of FPA Australia Corporate Members.

FPA Australia contends that minimum insurance requirements are appropriate and reflective of the complexity of the work Corporate Members undertake.

Establishing insurance expectations is reflective of the increasing maturity of the fire protection industry in Australia and is a significant step forward.

Corporate Members who comply with the revised Code of Practice and complete the Insurance Declaration will be promoted by FPA Australia as “Providers of Choice”.

As of 1 September 2011, any Corporate Member that does not complete the necessary Code of Practice and Insurance declarations will remain a valued member of the Association.

However such members will not be listed on the Associations website or be permitted to use any of the Associations logos.

The minimum Public & Products Liability Insurance coverage required is $10 million.

Membership Categories – 1 September 2011

The following separate membership categories will exist from 1 September 2011.

Please CLICK HERE for a full copy of the document that FPA Australia has emailed and posted to all Corporate Members.

Kind regards,

Scott Williams
Chief Executive Officer

Glenn Talbot
National President

   In this Issue:

Dates for your Diary

NSW Myths & Mysteries
Learning & Development
NSW Rural Fire Service Headquarters, Sydney
Fri 5 Aug

AS1851 Public Comment Forums
The Future of Maintenance
QLD - Mon 22 Aug; NSW - Wed 24 Aug; VIC - Fri 26 Aug; SA - Thur 1 Sep; WA - Fri 2 Sep; TAS - Thur 8 Sep

Security 2011 Exhibition & Conference
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
 24 - 26 August

AFAC Conference 2011
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
29 August - 1 September

Fire Protection Risk & Insurance
Safeguard yourself and your business
October (TBA)

Fire Australia 2011
The Essentials of the Future: Education and Maintenance
Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia
Wed 16 – Fri 18 Nov

HazMat 2012
Protecting our Community
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Preston, VIC
Wed 9 – Thur 10 May

CLICK HERE for event details...

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