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Assessment Workshops

15 - 19 | WA
22 - 26 | NSW

5 - 9    | VIC
12 - 16 |  TAS
19 - 23 | SA

3 - 6 | QLD
10 - 13 | NSW
17 - 20 | VIC
24 - 27 | TAS

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AS 1851 - 2012 First Attack Fire Equipment
19 - 26 July
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A Fire Expo 2013
19 July
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SA Fire Expo 2013
30 July
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QLD Breakfast Briefing
Form 70

31 July
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QLD Fire Expo 2013
27 Aug
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Fire Australia 2013
20-21 November
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Apply Now for the NSW Fire Sprinkler Provider List

The deadline for member applications to be placed on the first version of the NSW Fire Sprinkler Provider List has been extended until close of business Friday June 28.

The requirement for automatic fire sprinklers to be installed in all residential aged care facilities in NSW that took effect on 1 January this year has created a significant increase in demand for fire sprinkler products and services.

With this in mind, The NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure is supporting FPA Australia in compiling a dedicated list, to be displayed on our website, of those member companies engaged in designing, installing and certifying fire sprinkler systems in NSW that hold the appropriate NSW Office of Fair Trading Contractor's Licences (where necessary).

This list will complement the existing sprinkler provider of choice category on the FPA Australia website but will further refine this information into the categories of design, install and certify. This list will also accommodate providers that undertake more than one of these functions.

So far, FPA Australia has only received a handful of applications to be included on the list. This is a concern, given that almost 170 member companies are currently listed on our provider of choice section in the 'sprinkler' category in NSW. FPA Australia is asking all member companies engaged in this work in NSW to please complete and return the NSW Sprinkler List Provider Form that is available here.

Completed forms should be returned to by Friday 28 June 2013, after which time the list will be published. For more information on the NSW Fire Sprinkler Provider List please contact FPA Australia membership services on 1300 731 922.

Important Changes to "Inspect & Test / Maintain" Provider of Choice Category

FPA Australia is making an important change to the category of Maintenance and Test / Inspect on the Providers of Choice section of the Association's website (

This change will allow end users to easily separate those businesses that conduct inspect & test activities from those that deliver maintenance services. As such, the current category will now be divided into:

Inspect & Test: All routine service activities for fire protection systems and equipment conducted in accordance with Australian Standard AS 1851, other Australian Standards (such as 2293.2) or in accordance with an alternative solution.

The rectification of failures and defective components identified by inspect & test activities. Maintenance also covers repairs when fire protection systems and equipment break down.

The changes will take effect on Monday July 1. All FPA Australia Corporate member companies currently listed under the Maintenance and Test/Inspect category will appear in both of the separated categories above. If your company undertakes work in only one of the above categories, please notify membership services as soon as possible by emailing or by phone on 1300 731 922.

FPAS Consultation Seminar Now Available as Online Webcast

FPA Australia has made the recent FPAS Consultation Seminar available online via a webcast video. The webcast is designed to inform FPA Australia members and other stakeholders about the important voluntary Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS), with applications open for individual accreditation and business recognition from July onwards.

Please note, FPA Australia recommends viewers download the Seminar Information Pack before viewing the webcast. The pack can also be downloaded from the 'resource library' on the webcast landing page. FPA Australia is also seeking feedback on the Scheme from webcast viewers and this should be submitted via email to

Watch the FPAS Consultation Seminar Webcast here

Falsified Fire Test Certificate - Read the BRANZ Advisory Note

FPA Australia has been made aware of a fabricated fire test report and corresponding certificate currently being circulated in the Australian market. The documents are purported to have been issued by BRANZ and are labelled Test Report FH 4084 and corresponding Test Certificate FTC 502.

BRANZ has advised that the documents in question have not been issued by them. Click here to read the full advice notice from BRANZ.

New Technical Document Released: GPG02 Completion of Extinguisher Service Records

A new FPA Australia technical document has been released. Good Practice Guide GPG-02 Completion of Extinguisher service records when not all tasks can be undertaken addresses those situations where extinguishers are installed in non-building locations or in locations where circumstances mean that not all tasks required by an applicable maintenance standard (such as AS 1851-2012) can be completed by a service technician. 

GPG-02 is available for FPA Australia members from the CONNECT member resource platform. Non-members can view an abstract of the document on the Technical Documents page of the FPA Australia website.

Change of FPA Australia Representative on Standards Australia Council

FPA Australia's representative on the Standards Australia Council has recently changed from Mr Barry Lee OAM to past FPA Australia President and current Senior Vice President, Mr Chris Orr.

Standards Australia is the foremost national standards development organisation in the country and the Council is made up of 73 of Australia's leading industry, government and consumer organisations.

The Council has the responsibility to elect the Board of Directors, the Accreditation Board for Standards Development Organisations (ABSDO) and to appoint new members to the organisation. The Standards Australia Council is also responsible for the general oversight of standardisation in Australia and the governance of Standards Australia.

In late 2012, after more than two decades representing the Association on the Council, Mr Lee indicated he would not be continuing in this position. Upon receiving Mr Lee's resignation from the role, the Board of Directors of FPA Australia selected Mr Orr for the position.

FPA Australia congratulates and thanks Mr Lee for his outstanding service to the Association and the industry during his tenure as councillor and also congratulates Mr Orr on his appointment to this important position.

AS 1851-2012 Passive Seminars Complete.
 Register Now for Part 4 - First Attack Fire Equipment

The AS 1851-2012 Passive seminars are now complete. These seminars were the third part of FPA Australia's long running series on the important new Standard and were particularly well attended. Around 200 people participated in the seminars across the three states - WA, NSW and Vic.

Registrations are now open for the next round of seminars in this ongoing series: First Attack Fire Equipment, to be held in July. These sessions will provide an understanding of the maintenance of first attack fire equipment and detail the critical technical and administrative requirements applicable to technicians in the field.

In particular, the session will assist technicians to apply the new Standard in relation to: delivery layflat fire hose, fire hose reels, portable & wheeled fire extinguishers and fire blankets.

To register to attend the First Attack Seminar in your state, simply download and complete the registration form available here, or register online via CONNECT.

Upcoming Assessment Workshops and Unit Mapping Services

The following assessment workshops have been scheduled for any individuals requiring practical and/or theory assessment. Refresher training is also available at these workshops for those who require it. Students do not need to attend the entire week to be assessed and can simply attend the time required to be assessed in their enrolled units.

July 16 - 18


July 22 - 26


August 5 - 9


  August 12 - 16


August 19 - 23


Additionally, FPA Australia is currently offering unit mapping services for individuals who have completed either some units or a full qualification in the PRM qualifications (PRM20406 Certificate II in Asset Maintenance (Fire Protection Equipment) and PRM30406 Certificate III in Asset Maintenance (Fire Protection Equipment) and wish to upgrade to the new CPP qualifications (CPP20511 Certificate II in Fire Protection Inspection & Testing or CPP30811 Certificate III in Fire Protection Inspection & Testing).

Mapping provides you with a report detailing how the training you have undertaken counts towards the new CPP qualification. It identifies which of the units you have previously completed are recognised towards a new qualification and indicates other units that you may need to complete. Mapping is useful for those technicians who require Queensland BSA Licenses, qualified person’s EAHLs, FPAS Accreditation, or a range of other possibilities.

Mapping will require a small administration fee, which can be partially redeemed off the price of any new units subsequently enrolled in. Credit transfer services, which provide you with an updated Statement of Attainment, are also available for an additional small administration fee. To have your previous training mapped, please email For more information, please contact one of our training team members on 1300 731 922.

Fire Australia 2013 - Sponsorship & Exhibition Open

Fire Australia 2013 is the premier fire protection industry conference, attracting a wide range of representation from businesses, government and fire safety practitioners.

This year will see the introduction of a second presentation stream. The first stream will continue the high level broad scope topics addressing strategic issues and the direction of the industry. The new stream will focus on technical based content, providing relevant information to those working in the field.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are now open for FPA Australia members and all related industry stakeholders. For more information and to secure a sponsorship or exhibition space visit

AFAC & Bushfire CRC Annual Conference 2013

The biggest emergency management conference in Australasia is on again, this time at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre 2-5 September.

The conference will attract leading practitioners, researchers, consultants and those with an emergency management responsibility in local and state government, and sectors such as mining, energy, water and insurance.

Key activities include a full day research forum, two-day conference, industry awards, gala dinner, professional development events, PPE forum, field trips and leading international and national speakers including Professor Tim Flannery.

Early bird registrations close Friday June 28. View the conference flier here. For full conference program and to register visit

Fire Protection Association Australia | Building 2, 31-47 Joseph Street, Blackburn North, VIC 3130  | 1300 731 922
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