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Dates For Your Diary

Refresher Training
and Assessment

8 - 11 April NSW North Coast

15 - 19 April Perth

29 April - 03 May Darwin & Surrounds

6 - 10 May Sydney

13 - 17 May Melbourne

20 - 24 May Sydney

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AS 1851-2012 Seminar
Fire Detection & Alarm Systems
16 - 18 April
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Hazmat 2013
Sydney 1-2 May
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VIC 2013 Charity Dinner
1 June 2013
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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
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Special Limited Offer on Training from FPA Australia 


FPA Australia is offering significant discounts off enrolments received between 25 March 2013 and 30 June 2013 (conditions apply).

The sale applies for all individuals who enrol in a full CPP20511 Certificate II in Fire Protection Inspection & Testing (first attack stream) or an EAHL Licence class 2 & 3 (except for CPPFES2043A).

All individual units and certificates will also receive an additional 
10 percent discount on top of the regular membership discount when enrolled and fully paid before the nominated assessment workshop.

What kind of discount will I receive?

FPA Australia Corporate members will receive discounts of up to 30 percent off regular prices, up to $500 off the price of a full certificate (discounts increase according to membership level).

Non-members will also receive discounts up to 10 percent off regular prices.

How do I take advantage of this offer?

Simply download the special offer enrolment form, complete and return to before June 30, 2013.

To discuss your individual requirements or discount eligibility call us now to speak with a training consultant who can assist you with enrolment on 1300 731 922.

So what's the fine print?

To be eligible for the discount you must:
  •  Enrol between 25 March – 30 June with a $1000 deposit paid at enrolment
  •  Pay your remaining fees prior to being assessed
  •  Book into an assessment session before the end of December 2013
Assessment sessions will be held in most capital cities and individual assessments may be negotiated to be conducted outside of business hours.

This offer is strictly limited so enrol now and take advantage of these substantial discounts.

Logbook Copyright Action Reaches Conclusion

FPA Australia has recently settled ongoing action against several parties who had unlawfully infringed on the Association's copyright by reproducing and distributing AS 1851 maintenance logbooks.

This action was first announced in December of 2011 and significant work has been undertaken in the intervening 14 months to ensure this positive settlement was reached.

The nature of the settlement cannot be disclosed, but the positive resolution is testament to FPA Australia's commitment to vigorously pursuing any individual or company that would seek to illegally reproduce proprietary content owned by the Association.

FPA Australia views the protection of the Association's intellectual property as a vital priority and will continue to aggressively pursue any reports of unauthorised reproduction of logbooks, training material or any other copyright Association material occurring in the industry. To read the full media release click here.

AS 1851-2012 Fire Detection & Alarm Systems Seminars

The next instalment in the long running seminar series on AS 1851-2012 has been announced. AS 1851-2012 Fire Detection & Alarm Systems will assist attendees in understanding the new Standard with relation to:
  • Fire detection and alarm systems
  • Electrical detection and control systems for special hazard systems & smoke hazard management systems
  • Smoke alarms and heat alarms
  • Emergency warning and intercom systems

The seminars will be held in Melbourne (April 16), Sydney (April 17) and Perth (April 18).

A separate seminar on the maintenance of all aspects of special hazard systems will be delivered later in the year.

In addition to the technical information, all seminars will provide valuable information on the administrative requirements detailed in Section 1 of the standard which covers important topics such as classification of defects, baseline data and systems interface testing.

There will also be useful information provided on evidence of maintenance and responsibilities of technicians and service providers as well as avenues for training and accreditation.

To view full details of the new seminar series including speaker profiles, and to register download the seminar brochure here. Register online via CONNECT or contact the FPA Australia Events Department at or 1300 731 922.

Selected Technical Documents Now Members-Only

At the end of February, a number of selected technical documents were
made available exclusively to FPA Australia members (excluding Associate) via the CONNECT online resource platform only.

These documents are the Good Practice Guides, Technical Advisory
Notes and Reference Documents. All other technical documents remain available by visiting and selecting technical documents from the menu.

For documents in these categories, a short introduction to each document is still available on the FPA Australia website. The Association also plans to sell technical documents to non-members from the FPA Australia Sales Centre in the near future.

Formation of FPA Australia NT Divisional Committee

FPA Australia is pleased to announce the formation of a Divisional
Committee of FPA Australia in the Northern Territory. There has been
a strong groundswell of support for a greater presence for the Association in the Territory and the formation of the Committee will be a significant step in ensuring NT members have a strong and active voice.

Many key industry stakeholders have already confirmed their interest in
becoming committee members including representatives from Tyco/Wormald, Chubb Fire & Security, NT Fire & Rescue Service, Power & Water Corporation as well as a number of leading local fire protection businesses.

A meeting open to all Northern Territory FPA Australia members will be held on the afternoon of Thursday May 2 in order to elect a formally constituted committee.

The venue for this important meeting will be announced shortly, for more
information and to register your interest contact National Executive Officer Stuart Just on 1300 731 922 or email

Warnings About Unqualified Sprinkler Installers

FPA Australia and the Master Plumbers Association of NSW (MPA NSW) are warning nursing home owners and operators to check the credentials of sprinkler fitters who may be offering cut price services for fire sprinkler work.
Both Associations have welcomed the recent finalisation of relevant Regulations supporting fire sprinkler reform in NSW. As of January 1, all aged care facilities across NSW are now required to be fitted with automatic fire sprinkler systems in the next three to four years.

However there are genuine concerns within the industry about the potential for unqualified operators to enter the market and exploit these valuable reforms
To read the full media release click here.

New Corporate Member Benefit 2013/ 14

A new benefit for FPA Australia Corporate members is the ability to register multiple addresses and contact details and have these listed on the provider section of the FPA Australia website.

This change means companies will display with more precise results in radius searches on the website, allowing enquiries to be directed to the relevant branch / office rather than to the head office.

Changes to the FPA Australia database and website are currently being completed to allow Corporate members to begin to receive this benefit in the 2013/14 financial year. For more information please contact or call 1300 731 922.

FPA Australia To Participate In NSW Fire Sprinkler Committee

FPA Australia has been invited by the NSW Government, Department of Planning & Infrastructure, to participate in the Fire Sprinkler Systems Implementation Committee.

The establishment of this important Committee is a result of recent changes to legislation in NSW that make automatic fire sprinkler systems mandatory in all residential aged care facilities following the tragic fire at a Quakers Hill nursing home in November 2011.

The new laws took effect on January 1, 2013 and a central component of the new requirements is the establishment of the Fire Sprinkler Systems Implementation Committee.

FPA Australia has been invited, in conjunction with the Association of Hydraulic Services Consultants Australia (AHSCA) to nominate a member for the committee.

We look forward to making positive and valuable contributions to the Committee and assisting to strengthen these crucial reforms.

ACIF Forecast Briefings To Answer The Key Questions

The most promising opportunities for new work – for designers, contractors, and suppliers – will be identified at ACIF's Forecast Briefings in May.

There ACIF will release its mid-year forecasts of demand for housing, commercial building, and engineering construction at the ACIF Briefings, held as breakfast events in six cities. Be there for the release of the latest ACIF Forecasts, and the expert analysis and debate, and gain answers to the key questions:
  • Have financiers regained an appetite for funding new apartment development?
  • When will commercial building market conditions start to stimulate demand for new office, retail, industrial and other types of building?
  • Which sectors are winners and which are losers?
  • When will global economic confidence generate more engineering construction work in Australia?
  • What's happening to construction costs?
Sector by sector, state by state, the ACIF Forecasts give the most accurate short term information available, and long term forecasts out to 2022. ACIF Construction Market Reports are included with registration.
Delegates to the ACIF Briefings will receive the May 2013 issue of the ACIF Construction Market Report for their state.

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