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Hazmat 2013
Sydney 1-2 May

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from FPA Australia:

A Meesage From CEO Scott Williams

It's hard to believe another year has come and gone again and it certainly has been a busy one for Fire Protection Association Australia, as I'm sure it has been for you.

This year FPA Australia has recorded some signifigant achievements including moving from Box Hill to our brand new National Office facility in Blackburn North, once again delivering our premier industry conference and exhibition: Fire Australia 2012, the launch of our all new website very recently, and the important release of AS 1851-2012, to name just a few.

This year has also brought with it significant changes and challenges for our industry and we know that 2013 will present more hurdles, but also many new opportunities for us all.

As part of the ongoing growth and development of our industry, the new year will see the launch of our voluntary national accrediation scheme for fire protection companies and individuals working in Test & Inspect activities related to AS 1851-2012.

This scheme, which has been in development for much of 2012, will help to highlight those industry individuals that hold appropriate minimum skills and competencies for their duties and will become an important tool for both our industry, related sectors such as building, construction and facility management, and ultimately, the community as a whole.

This year's Fire Australia Conference and Exhibition was an outstanding success and we look forward greatly to Fire Australia 2013 in Sydney, where the conference theme, will fittingly be "The Journey to Professionalism". 
We look forward to seeing you all again for Fire Australia 2013 in Sydney.

Our all new website is another important building block in ensuring FPA Australia continues to be a contemporary and forward looking Association, and it is exciting to see the launch of the new website just weeks after our move from our old premises to our new Blackburn North facility. Please ensure you visit our new website at

With so much rapid change occurring in the fire protection landscape in 2012, the Christmas and New Year Break is the perfect time for us to reflect again the important values of the work we undertake in the fire protection industry. In particular our focus to ensure the protection of life, property and environment from the devastating impact of fire, and to start the new year afresh with these goals always at the forefront of our minds.

On behalf of the FPA Australia Board of Directors, all staff within the association including myself, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year. I look forward to working together with you towards our shared goals in 2013.

AS1851: 2012 Released and Available For Sale

Australian Standard 1851-2012: Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment has now been released and is available for purchase from the FPA Australia Sales Centre.  

After considerable public consultation supported by FPA Australia which yielded in excess of 900 comments AS 1851-2012 has now arrived. The Standard has undergone a comprehensive review to increase the scope and ease of application across new and existing building stock and infrastructure while also incorporating technical improvements.

This Standard will be promoted by FPA Australia as the most appropriate Standard for routine servicing of fire protection systems and equipment nationally.

FPA Australia membership discounts apply to purchases of the Standard subject to membership level.

To purchase your copy of AS1851-2012 please complete and return the order form, contact or our membership services team on 03 9890 1544.

All New FPA Australia Website Is Now Live

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is plea
sed to formally announce the launch of our brand new website (

The new site features significant added functionality to benefit members and the public. One of these enhanced benefits is a greatly improved ‘provider of choice’ listing that incorporates greater searching capacity as well as Google Maps integration, radius search by postcode and more.

In preparation for these important changes we have also recently reviewed and refined our products/services categories in order to offer the best service for our members and end users.

All Corporate members would have received both an email and hard copy version of the new provider of choice category form in October, so if you have yet to complete and return this form please do so in order to ensure that you are listed on the website.

If you have any queries regarding the all new please email If you have any questions regarding provider category listings, please contact one of our friendly membership services team on 1300 731 922.

FPA Australia Christmas Office Closure information.

The FPA Australia National Office will be closed for the seasonal holidays from 3:00pm, Monday 24 December and will reopen at 9:00am, Thursday 3 January 2013.

During this time any enquiries for the office can be sent to and these will be responded to upon the office reopening.
Once again we would like to take the opportunity to wish all customers, members and friends of the Association a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year from the entire FPA Australia team.

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