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Refresher Training
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Sydney 4 - 8 Feb
Melbourne 11 - 15 Feb
Perth 18 - 22 Feb
Hobart 4 - 8 Mar
Adelaide 13 - 15 Mar

First Attack & Business Services

Sydney 18 - 22 Mar
NSW North Coast 3 - 11 April

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Hazmat 2013
Sydney 1-2 May

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2013 US Study Tour
& NFPA Conference
Mon 27 May – Sun 16 June

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FPA Australia Releases New Technical Documents  

During the final months of 2012, as well as delivering the AS 1851-2012 seminar series, the FPA Australia Technical Department was busy finalising a number of new Technical Documents.

These four new documents have now been made available to all FPA Australia members via the CONNECT member resource platform. The new documents are as follows:

Position Statements
PS-02 Roof Systems for Flame Zone construction in bushfire prone areas
PS-03 Adoption and use of AS 1851-2012

Information Bulletins
IB-04 AS 3959-2009 Amendment No 3

Good Practice Guides
GPG-01 Specification & Application of Intumescent Coatings for the Fire Protection of Structural Steel

From the end of February, Good Practice Guides, Reference Documents and Technical Advisory Notes will be member-exclusive and available from CONNECT only.
To learn more about the different Technical Documents please visit FPA Australia's technical information web page. For more information about Technical Documents please contact

AS 1851- 2012 Activity Wrap Up

In November 2012 Standards Australia released a new edition of the Standard known  as AS 1851-2012 Routine service of fire protection
system and  equipment.

Immediately following the release of the standard, FPA Australia ran a national seminar series on  the use and adoption of the new standard across the country. These important seminars discussed the development of the standard and  helped to identify the steps required to implement the new standard nationally.

In conjunction with this seminar series FPA Australia also released its official Position Statement  on the new Standard. This important document establishes FPA Australia’s position on the adoption through legislation and why national adoption makes good sense for the industry and the community. the general use of AS 1851-2012  and  FPA Australia encourages all stakeholders to download and review this document.The December seminar series is just the first of many  that FPA Australia will be delivering on the new Standard and another important set of AS 1851-2012 events focusing on the technical requirements of the standard will be announced soon.

Members and key stakeholders are also reminded that the new Standard is now available for purchase  from the FPA Australia Sales Centre. FPA Australia membership discounts apply to purchases of the Standard subject to membership level. To purchase your copy of AS 1851-2012 please complete and return the order form or contact

Finally, work on new FPA Australia maintenance recording and reporting logbooks in accordance with AS 1851-2012  is currently underway. FPA Australia already produces a suite of logbooks for recording maintenance activities undertaken in accordance with Australian Standard AS 1851-2005 that  have  grown to become industry best practice for maintenance reporting. These logbooks will continue to be available now and  after the 2012 version logbooks are released.

The new AS 1851-2012 logbooks will progressively become available in the coming months. For more information on the development of AS 1851-2012 logbooks please contact 

BPAD Scheme Launched in Victoria

After successful operation in NSW since 2006,  the Bushfire Planning & Design Accreditation Scheme has now been officially launched in Victoria. The Scheme is a recognition program for Bushfire Planning and  Design (BPAD) consultants to assist those members of the community undertaking development on land subject to bushfire impact.

The BPAD Scheme has been developed for individuals (practitioners) delivering bushfire assessment, planning, design and  advice services. It accredits practitioners who meet criteria based on specific accreditation and competency requirements, including a detailed knowledge of and
ability to practically apply the relevant planning and building legislation, including the Bushfire Management  Overlay, the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standard AS 3959 Construction of buildings
in bushfire prone areas.

One way of obtaining the skills and knowledge required for accreditation under the Victorian Scheme  will be by completing The University of Melbourne’s new Tertiary Bushfire Course, which will begin
taking enrolments this year.

The Scheme provides an enhanced level of confidence for government and  the community that practitioners providing bushfire planning and design services are accredited by a suitably robust scheme that is administered by the peak national body for fire safety. For further information on becoming BPAD accredited in Victoria email or please call 1300 731 922.

Important Changes to Industry Training

As of 10 January 2013, The PRM20406 Certificate II in Asset Maintenance
(Fire Protection Equipment) and PRM30406 Certificate III in Asset
Maintenance (Fire Protection Equipment) qualifications (PRM qualifications) have been superseded and replaced by CPP
qualifications: CPP20511 Certificate II in Fire Protection Inspection & Testing and CPP30811 Certificate III in Fire Protection Inspection & Testing.

This means that registered training organisations (RTOs) including FPA
Australia are now unable to take any further enrolments in the PRM
qualifications. FPA Australia is now enrolling students into the CPP qualifications and will cease assessment of PRM units from July 2013.

FPA Australia is encouraging all students currently enrolled in superseded PRM units to contact us as soon as possible to arrange assessment before the cut-off, or to organise to have their existing enrolments mapped over to the all-new CPP qualifications.

For further information and to discuss your enrolment or assessment situation with our friendly training staff, please contact us on 03 8892 3131 or email

Expressions of Interest Open for US Study Tour

FPA Australia is currently accepting expressions of interest from industry
members to attend the 2013 US Study Tour & NFPA Conference.

The tour will encompass a range of industry tours and site visits plus provide time for social activities and sightseeing.

Attendees will visit leading US fire protection businesses and fire related
organisations and meet with key industry personnel for direct
discussions and insight. The tour will conclude with attendance to the 2013 NFPA conference, the largest and most important event for the fire protection, life safety, and electrical industries in the United States.

In order for this tour to proceed a minimum number of participants are
required. To confirm your interest a $500 deposit is required along with the completed expression of interest form.

The deposit will be deducted from your final total or fully refunded should the tour not proceed.

All expressions of interest for the US study tour should be forwarded
to FPA Australia National Events Manager – Chris Dayson via email
at or by calling 03 8892 3131 no later
than Friday February 15.

Increased Phone Capacity at FPA Australia National Office

As part of the ongoing improvements at FPA Australia National Office, the Association has upgraded its telephone infrastructure including the installation of extra phone line capacity.

We now have 10 incoming and outgoing phone lines available for use, more than double the four lines previously available. These changes have also meant replacement numbers for both the FPA Australia National Office phone and fax.

The new main National Office number is now 03 8892 3131 which replaces 03 9890 1544, while the new National Office fax number is 03 8892 3132 replacing 03 9890 1577.

The old numbers will be redirected for some time, but we encourage all members and stakeholders to take note of the new numbers. We know this extra capacity will assist the Association as we continue to grow into the future.

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