Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from FPA Australia - A Message from CEO Scott Williams
With Christmas upon us and 2013 drawing to a close, I wanted to take the time to share a few brief thoughts on our Association, our industry and some of the achievements this year.
2013 saw some major milestones achieved. These were led by the launch of our Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) in July 2013 and also included our continued strong push for adoption and use of AS 1851-2012, our highly successful Fire Australia Conference & Exhibition and the important passing of critical changes to our Association structure, including changes to how members engage with FPA Australia via each state and territory.
The Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme continues to grow strongly with hundreds of technicians now accredited, and these technicians are supported by several recognised businesses. We are predicting even stronger growth for the FPAS scheme in 2014 as the next classes of accreditation, such as design & certify, begin to come on-stream.
As an Association we continue to advocate for the adoption and use of AS 1851-2012 in all states and territories. The realisation of this goal came a step closer late this year when Tasmania applied regulatory changes to allow the Standard to be adopted in that state. Positive discussions continue with regulators in the other states and territories where automatic adoption is not currently possible.
The 2013 Fire Australia Conference & Exhibition was an outstanding success and a testament to the current health, vibrancy and diversity of our great industry. I would again like to thank all those who attended, sponsored or spoke at this great event for your outstanding support.
At our national Annual General Meeting, which was held the day prior to the Fire Australia conference, a number of important resolutions were passed. One of these will allow us to significantly enhance the way Association members engage with FPA Australia in each state and territory. We are excited about the future of these groups and will be making more announcements on them early in 2014.
With all this in mind, as we take time over the holiday period to relax, recharge and celebrate with friends and family, it is important that we also consider the significant positive changes that have occurred in our fantastic industry and our Association during 2013.
On behalf of everyone at FPA Australia I would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. I look forward to working with you again in what will no doubt be an equally exciting and challenging 2014.
CEO - FPA Australia
FPA Australia Welcomes Disbanding of NOLA
Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has welcomed the recent announcement by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) that the National Occupational Licensing Authority (NOLA) will be disbanded, along with its associated licensing scheme, NOLS.
Despite this, FPA Australia remains a strong supporter of national licensing and regulatory harmonisation in the building and construction sector.
Association CEO Scott Williams said he hoped the disbandment of NOLA would signal a fresh approach to national licensing that would deliver better outcomes for industry and the community.
"While we are pleased that COAG has seen fit to disband NOLA, we hope that its important intentions, of increasing labour mobility, enhancing productivity and improving overall business efficiency, are continued via the new process to be established under the Council for the Australian Federation (CAF)."
"National licensing remains one of the most critical issues for fire protection and for the building and construction sector in Australia generally. Future national licensing must recognise fire protection industry occupations and expertise and we hope that the new process to be established by the CAF will view the critical nature of fire protection occupations as a separate and defined trade with unique skills and requirements."
"We look forward to a new agenda for reform focused on delivering highest possible levels of competency and training, rather than the low conditions of entry previously proposed under NOLS."
"FPA Australia looks forward to continuing to work with all governments to deliver high levels of professionalism and competency within the fire protection industry via national licensing supported by accreditation schemes, such as those delivered by FPA Australia, that will ultimately benefit all stakeholders and assist in creating a safer community."
FPAS Search Systems Now Online - FPAS Explained Video
After significant work over the past year, the online tools for searching for FPAS recognised businesses and validating licences of individual accredited technicians are now live on the FPA Australia website.
Recognised businesses can now be found by selecting the providers of choice search tool and then selecting the “inspect & test” speciality. Once an FPAS recognised business has been located, website visitors can select the business to view an additional details page featuring the specific categories of work the business is recognised for under the scheme.
Individual accredited persons are also now viewable online via the accredited individual register. Users can search by either name or accreditation number and results show names, accreditation numbers, ‘valid to’ dates and the types of work categories each individual is accredited for.
Meanwhile a new short video has been created to quickly and easily explain the pathways into FPAS for individuals and businesses as well as the benefits. Click here to watch now.
To apply for FPAS business recognition or individual accreditation visit the website or call us on 1300 731 922.
Important Changes to the BCA - NCC 2014 Overview
Every year a number of changes are made to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) as part of the normal process of amendments to the National Construction Code. In 2014 a significant number of fire-related changes will be made to the BCA, including several that directly relate to fire protection systems and equipment.
These include improving early response to residential fires through the interconnection of alarms, expanding the options available for exit signs (including the use of photoluminescent [PL] exit signs), achieving deregulation and better fire safety outcomes at the same time and other fire safety measures applicable to residential buildings (such as allowing timber framed construction for class 3 buildings).
Do you have an EAHL qualified licence or significant experience in testing and inspecting fire equipment? Do you have experience/qualifications as a trainer?
Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is Australia's major technical and educational fire safety organisation and is also a registered training organisation (RTO) that delivers a range of nationally recognised qualifications in Fire Protection Inspection & Testing in all jurisdictions in Australia.
Our trainers are responsible for the delivery and assessment of nationally recognised units of competency. They also need a great understanding of the fire protection industry to enable them to provide specialist training and assessment advice to FPA Australia members and industry representatives.
FPA Australia will be growing the training team in 2014 and is looking for someone with the following experience and attributes:
• Knowledge and experience testing and inspecting gaseous fire suppression equipment
• An EAHL Qualified Person’s licence & experience with scheduled gases (desired)
• You may have serviced fire suppression systems in vehicles.
• You are a qualified trainer or have had experience training others
• A Certificate in Asset Maintenance (fire protection equipment) or Fire Protection Inspection & Testing (desired)
• A sound understanding of the fire protection industry and the ability to travel interstate regularly for work.
To view the full Seek job advertisement click here. To apply, please supply a current resume listing both experience and qualifications with a covering letter to Lauren St.Clair, Learning & Development Manager, FPA Australia firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure Aged Care Fire Sprinkler December Ebulletin
The NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure has released its December Aged Care Fire Sprinkler ebulletin. The newsletter features important information on changes to fire sprinkler system approvals and a reminder about the postponement of the installation completion date for fire sprinklers.
The ebulletin also clarifies questions around the use of plastic pipe-work in sprinkler systems for aged care facilities and contains information for aged care facilities in NSW without sprinklers.
FPA Australia National Office Christmas Closure Details
The FPA Australia National Office will close for the Christmas and New Year period from Tuesday 24th December 2013 at 1.00pm (AEDST) and will re-open for normal trading on Thursday 2nd of January 2014.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support throughout the year and we look forward to strengthening our partnership in 2014.
We wish you all a safe and merry Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year from all the team at FPA Australia.
Fire Protection Association Australia | Building 2, 31-47 Joseph Street, Blackburn North, VIC 3130 | 1300 731 922
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