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VIC Golf Day
Friday 2 November

WA Dinner Dance
Friday 2 November

Fire Australia 2012
Melbourne 14 – 16 Nov

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Sydney 1-2 May

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FPA Australia National Office Relocation Nears Completion

Exciting developments are occurring at Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) National Office.

Over the course of 2012, a search has been underway to locate an ideal new location for the National Office that would provide both the capacity for increased numbers of staff, as well as delivering additional functionality for the Association and its members, including training rooms and other facilities.

In August of this year contractual negotiations were concluded on our
new premises at a spacious existing corporate tenancy located at
Building 2, 31-47 Joseph Street, Blackburn North, Victoria and construction work on this office facility is almost complete.

Thanks to the speed of this construction work, it is currently anticipated that FPA Australia National Office will transition to this new address on Wednesday November 7 and will be fully operational from the new site as of Thursday November 8.

Additionally, after much consideration by the Board of Directors, the existing office at Box Hill has now been sold. This sale was based on FPA Australia achieving an offer well above market appraisal and the funds generated by this sale will now be invested strategically and securely.

Our upcoming relocation represents a continuation of the evolution of FPA Australia into a highly relevant, contemporary industry association with capacity to deliver on our vision of promoting the protection of life, property and the environment from fire and related emergencies, for both the industry and the wider community.

Feedback Sought On NSW Aged Care Sprinkler Regulations

FPA Australia is encouraging NSW members and all industry stakeholders
to provide feedback on the proposed requirements to make sprinklers compulsory in residential aged care facilities.

The proposal would require amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (NSW) and state environmental planning policies.

These changes are being exhibited for comment, together with a draft technical standard for sprinkler systems. once implemented,  all existing facilities would need to install fire sprinkler systems within 18 months or three years. Anyone beginning operation of an existing facility after the regulation commences will have to install sprinklers within six months.

Feedback on the proposed amendments is due by 14 November 2012.
All relevant information including the proposed regulatory amendments can be accessed from the Department's website here. FPA Australia will be submitting its own feedback on the implementation of these important changes.

Submissions can be sent to or by mail to Sustainable Systems, Department of Planning & Infrastructure, GPO Box 39, Sydney NSW 2001. For information on the FPA Australia submission please contact

Alan Wilson Wins National NIBA Broker Of The Year Award

Long-time friend of the Association and provider of the FPA Australia Corporate Insurance Scheme Alan Wilson, of Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers, has won the inaugural NIBA Zurich Broker of the Year

In selecting Alan as the inaugural recipient of the award the judges were impressed by his emphasis on the need for brokers to work closely with their clients to identify and minimise their risk exposures. In an emotional acceptance speech, Mr Wilson said becoming an insurance broker was the best decision he ever made.

“I enjoy the challenge of the job, trying to make a difference working for our clients,” he said. “I’m humbled to win this award and all of us on this stage today, we’re all winners.”

The award, which aims to recognise high-performing National Insurance Broker Association (NIBA) brokers was presented at the association’s convention on the Gold Coast.

Alan receives an all-expenses paid trip for two to the USA next April to
attend the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf event on the PGA Tour, as well as attending the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

FPA Australia congratulates Alan on this well-deserved acknowledgement of his outstanding and dedicated work over many years.

Fire Australia 2012 - Don't Miss The Premier Fire Conference

Australia's biggest fire protection conference and exhibition is now only weeks away. Have you registered yet?

There are now almost 60 exhibition booths, 33 engaging speakers, two
pre-conference workshops, a vital policy debate on fire protection in Australia, network drinks, conference dinner, closing lunch, partners program and more!

On top of all this the opening conference presentations (9:00am - 10:30am) on Wednesday 14 November are free for all trade show attendees and, for those short on time, you can choose to attend just one day or peruse the exhibition only.

For more information please download the Delegate Registration Brochure or visit the conference website

Advertise In Fire Australia Magazine - Summer Edition

Advertising bookings for the Summer 2012 Edition of Fire
Australia Magazine are filling fast so get in soon to place your advertisement before bookings close on Monday November 26.

Fire Australia is the premier quarterly publication for the fire protection
industry and is distributed to around 5000 key industry stakeholders.

The magazine is produced in partnership between FPA Australia, Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) and the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire CRC). The magazine’s readers include fire professionals in the private sector and in government, regulators, facility owners and managers, consultants, designers, installers and maintainers of fire equipment, emergency response personnel, researchers, educators and insurance personnel.

Click here to download the Fire Australia Magazine Media Kit. For more information,bookings or sample magazines, please email

Training - Enrol In EAHL Units Now For Extra Discounts 

FPA Australia is currently enrolling students in assessment workshops in the units of competency required for qualified ODS & SGG EAHL Licences 1-5.
An a
dditional 5% discount on top of the regular membership discounts will apply for any individual who enrols in all units required for a full Qualified Person’s Licence class 1 to 5 from now until the end of December.

To support this training,
assessment workshops will be run from January to March 2013 in Adelaide, Perth and Sydney, with more workshop locations to be announced.

Students must enrol before December 31, 2012 to be eligible for the additional discount. Click here to download the EAHL unit enrolment form.

For more information click here to download the 2013 FPA Austral
ia Training Brochure or contact the Learning & Development Department at or by phone on 1300 731 922.

GasBag Edition Two 2012 Available For Members Now

The latest edition of the GasBag newsletter has now been released. This issue features a licences update including statistics on Entinguishing Agent Handling Licences, Extinguishing Agent Trading Authorisations and Halon Special Permits.

In addition the issue features an informative case study on transitioning to a Qualified Person's Licence as well as national and international industry news. The new edition of GasBag can be downloaded by FPA Australia members now via CONNECT.

CPSISC Offers Apprentice Kickstart For 2012 School Leavers

CPSISC, the National Industry Skills Council responsible for the building, construction and property services industries, has announced the reintroduction of the Apprentice Kickstart Bonus initiative for 2012 school leavers.

The program, which is administered with the help of the Australian Government, provides a $3,350 bonus to employers who take on a young person aged 19 years and under into a traditional trade apprenticeship.

Read the full media release here or visit the CPSISC website here for more information.

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