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Dates For Your Diary

Refresher Training
and Assessment

6 - 10 May Sydney

13 - 17 May Melbourne

20 - 24 May Sydney

27 - 31 May Adelaide

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FPAS Seminars
Capital Cities
(excludes Brisbane)
1 - 15 May
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VIC 2013 Charity Dinner
1 June 2013
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NSW Myths & Mysteries
June 26
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WA Fire Expo 2013
19 July
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SA Fire Expo 2013
30 July
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Fire Australia 2013
20-21 November
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FPAS Consultation Seminars Start Soon - Register Now 

A series of important consultation seminars on the voluntary Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) will be occurring around the country beginning this week.

The consultation seminars, which will be held in each capital city (except Brisbane) between May 1 and May 15, will provide information on the Scheme, its benefits for both fire protection technicians and businesses and the costs and requirements to join the Scheme.

While the Scheme will be voluntary, there will be many benefits for both individual fire protection technicians and business in becoming part of the Scheme.

Seminar speakers have been instrumental in the development of the Scheme and will welcome queries and comment on its content.

These seminars are free, however registration is required. To register download the brochure & registration form or for more information contact

Important Information on changes to MFB / CFA Acts

In November 2012 a range of changes were implemented to the MFB Act and CFA Act in Victoria. The changes included a range of measures that were largely in response to findings of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, however one change  that affected the ability to carry out maintenance, repair and installation of fire alarm systems has raised some concerns.

This change related to damage or interference with a fire indicator panel without a “reasonable excuse” and the resetting of fire indicator panels following the detection of a fire.  FPA Australia immediately contacted both fire services to discuss the changes to their respective Acts, in particular their interpretation of “reasonable excuse.”  We also raised concerns over the lack of consultation with industry prior to the changes being made.

Both fire services are now reviewing their guidance material on monitored automatic alarms and have also developed a draft guideline for testing, isolating/ disabling, modifying or disconnecting a monitored automatic alarm system aligned to the new regulations.

FPA Australia was invited to provide feedback on these documents in late March 2013 and the documents have been reviewed by our Technical Advisory Committees for Maintenance (TAC/1) and Fire Alarm Systems (TAC/2) and the Victorian State Divisional Committee.  Their collective feedback will form FPA Australia’s official response to the fire services which is in the process of being finalised. 

These new documents will likely be published by the fire services in May, pending feedback from stakeholders. FPA Australia is working closely with the fire services to expedite these matters and provide clear guidance to our members and the industry. Enquiries on these matters should be directed to or by phone to 1300 731 922.

WER Scheme Currently On-Hold and Under Review

FPA Australia's Workplace Emergency Response (WER) certification scheme is currently suspended and no applications for new WER recognition are being accepted at this time.

The current review will ensure the scheme is relaunched in the near future with a robust framework designed to recognise those individuals who meet the rigour required for such an important scheme.

FPA Australia is maintaining a list of individuals interested in applying to be certified in this scheme once it is relaunched. To be added to this list, and notified of the relaunch of the WER certification scheme, please email your details to

WER certification offers individuals and businesses that provide workplace emergency response (WER) services an opportunity to be recognised by industry, end-users and the community as providers of professional WER services.

Don't Miss Big Training Sale Discounts Off EAHL Units

Do you or your staff require Extinguishing Agent Handling Licences?

If so, now is the time to enrol and take advantage of significant discounts available until June 30.

Discounts apply to units required for the ODS & SGG Qualified person’s Extinguishing Agents Handling Licences 2&3. (Licence 2: Fixed Systems Installation and Decommissioning and Licence 3: Fixed System Testing and Maintenance).  

If you currently hold an Experienced Person’s EAHL Licence Class 2&3 you will soon need to transition to the Qualified Person’s EAHL. The transition for Qualified Persons Licence categories 2&3 began in July 2012.

To do this you may need to enrol in up to 9 units. FPA Australia is offering discounts to everyone, even non-members who enrol before 30 June 2013 for assessment at a scheduled workshop prior to 31 December 2013.

If you do this work currently, assessment may simply require you to demonstrate your ability, knowledge and skills via recognition of prior learning. For more information about training discounts and assessment workshops or enrolling in EAHL units contact or call 1300 731 922.

AS 2941 Draft Released and Public Comment Now Open

The draft revision of AS 2941, Fixed fire protection installations-Pumpset systems has been released for public comment closing on Friday 10 May 2013.

To download a copy of the public comment draft or to submit comment to Standards Australia, please refer to the instructions in our document How to download and comment on a draft standard or amendment.
This document includes instructions for not only downloading and commenting on a public comment draft but also how to create the SAI Global and Standards Hub logins, which are required to complete these actions.

If you have any questions, please contact and a member of our technical department will assist you.

Branch Locations Now Live on FPA Australia Website

FPA Australia is calling for all Corporate members of the Association to provide details of regional offices / branch locations in order to have these shown on the Association's website.

As noted in FireSignals March, the ability to register multiple addresses and contact details and have these listed on the provider section of is a new member benefit for 2013.

This change means companies will display more frequently and precisely and
allow enq
uiries to be directed to the relevant branch / office rather than to the head office.

Branch locations are now live and Corporate members who would like to receive this benefit now are asked to email and include
company name, member ID number, individual branch/ regional office location addresses and corresponding phone and fax numbers. For more information please contact the membership department on 1300 731 922.

Fire Australia 2013 - Call For Papers Must Close May 15

The Fire Australia 2013 Call-for-Papers is now available to industry members. This year sees the introduction of a second stream of presentations, meaning there are twice as many speaking opportunities.

The first stream (Strategic) will continue the high level broad scope topics of previous years, addressing strategic issues and the direction of the industry. The second stream (Technical) will focus on technically based content, providing relevant information to those in the field.

The fire protection industry is evolving. Not only in the development of new technology and practices, but in the level of professionalism of those individuals employed and engaged to provide products and services.

The conference theme The Journey to Professionalism addresses the growing need for industry personnel to gain recognition of their abilities and explores the various means for achieving competence as a basis for career development.

The Call-for-Papers submission deadline is Wednesday 15 May. Download the Call-for-Papers Brochure to submit an abstract or visit the conference website for more information.

New Advisory Note on NSW Fire Sprinkler Requirements

The NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure has released an important Advisory Note on the new fire sprinkler requirements in NSW.

The Advisory Note for councils, certifiers and industry relates to the new laws that came into effect on 1 January 2013 requiring fire sprinkler systems to be installed in certain residential aged care facilities in NSW.  

The laws will improve fire safety for residents of these facilities. The NSW Government's decision to make fire sprinkler systems mandatory follows the tragic loss of life in the November 2011 Quakers Hill nursing home fire.

Read the full Advisory Note here

New Code of Practice Complete - Feedback Opening Soon

FPA Australia has now completed reviewing and updating its Code of Practice. The objective of this review is to ensure the Code continues to be relevant to members and is highly reflective of the changing nature of the fire protection industry in Australia.

The Code prescribes the principles, standards of behaviour and service delivery requirements of all FPA Australia members.

Shortly all FPA Australia members will be invited to provide feedback on the updated Code and we encourage all members to have their say on these important changes.

For more information about the Code of Practice review and feedback please contact Denise Friend on 03 8892 3131 or email

ACIF Forecasts - Improving But Varied Outlook Ahead

New data from leading industry forecasters shows some good news for building and construction in Australia: our relatively strong economy means that, overall, activity levels are set to improve over the medium and long term.

The May 2013 release of industry forecasts by Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) will reveal a slightly improving overall outlook for the industry. However, this biannual release of the ACIF Forecasts again shows that the outlook varies by sector, state and capital, affecting businesses differently across the country.

Residential building is staggered but beginning to recover, driven by demographic trends, the existing housing shortfall, and low interest rates. Non-residential building is relatively flat in real terms, but is improving over previous forecasts. Engineering construction will maintain at a relatively high level – although mining construction is at a peak, and well publicised project deferrals are flattening activity peaks.

The updated ACIF Forecasts will be released at ACIF Briefings held over breakfasts 7-17 May 2013 in six cities. For information and registration, visit

·         Melbourne-Tuesday 7 May, Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne

·         Canberra-Wednesday 8 May, Hotel Realm

·         Sydney-Friday 10 May, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

·         Brisbane-Tuesday 14 May 2013, Sofitel Hotel

·         Adelaide-Wednesday 15 May 2013, Stamford Plaza Hotel

·         Perth-Friday 17 May 2013, Pan Pacific Hotel

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