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Assessment Workshops

11 - 14 | QLD
17 - 21 | VIC
24 - 28 | NSW

8 - 12 | SA
15 - 19 | WA
22 - 26 | NSW
29 - 2 Aug | NT

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VIC 2013 Charity Dinner
1 June 2013
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AS 1851 - 2012
Part 3 - Passive Fire & Smoke Systems
18 - 20 June
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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 Seminars Complete - Scheme Info Now Online

The national series of consultation seminars on the upcoming Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) is now complete. The seminars, which were chaired by FPA Australia CEO Mr Scott Williams and FPA Australia Member of the Board Mr Bill Lea, visited all states and territories, except Qld, in May.

Around 300 people attended these important seminars across the country and attendees provided a significant amount of valuable feedback which is now being fed back into the development and rollout of the Scheme.

More details on the FPAS scheme are now available on the FPA Australia website by visiting  Information includes both articles previously published in Fire Australia magazine relating to the scheme, a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions guide featuring answers to many questions posed by seminar attendees and much more.

Expressions of interest are currently being accepted and FPA Australia expects to begin taking formal applications for individual accreditation and business recognition in coming weeks. For more information please call 1300 731 922 or email

New Co-Opted Member of the Board: Hank Van Ravenstein

FPA Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Co-Opted Director of the Board, Mr Hank Van Ravenstein. 

Hank is the Principal Manager on Fire Risk Management for the Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS). He manages at a high level the fire risk management policy, strategy and principles and regulatory compliance. 

He leads the development of a state-wide fire safety culture in DHS and Department of Health through a service agreement and is responsible for coordinating the delivery of all fire risk and regulatory related services required to maintain the department's properties.  Hank represents the department on several executive and other high-level discussions including on several Australian Standard Committees and other government and agency committees.

The Directors of the Board of FPA Australia extended an invitation for Hank to join the Board and Association President Mr Trevor Voevodin said he was proud Hank had chosen to accept this invitation.

"We welcome Hank to the Board and we know his proven experience and leadership will be highly valuable to the Association," he said.

"In addition, having a Board Member who is also an active end user of FPA Australia member services, via the significant property assets held by DHS, will allow us to gain great insight and important feedback."

AS 1851-2012 Seminar Series Part 3 Announced:
Passive Fire & Smoke Systems

FPA Australia has announced the next instalment in the series of AS 1851-2012 seminars Part 3: Passive Fire and Smoke Systems, to be held in Perth, Sydney & Melbourne June 18 - 20.

These half day seminars will provide participants with an awareness of the application of AS 1851-2012 for the maintenance of passive fire and smoke systems, in particular the critical, technical & administrative requirements applicable to technicians. Session topics include:
  • Fire & smoke barriers
  • Fire protection for structural members 
  • Smoke doors & fire-resistant door sets 
  • Fire shutters and fire-rated glazing
For more information and to register, download the Seminar Brochure or register online via CONNECT.

Formation of Northern Territory Divisional Committee

On May 2, 2013 a special meeting of Northern Territory FPA Australia members was convened to establish the inaugural Northern Territory Divisional Committee.

The afternoon began with a presentation from FPA Australia National Executive Officer Stuart Just outlining the Association's vision, mission, values and departmental activities at National Office. The presentation also provided a good opportunity to outline the activities, roles and responsibilities of an effective Divisional Committee.

Following the presentation the election of the NT Divisional Committee took place and the Association is now pleased to formally announce the Committee Members & Office Bearers of the NT Divisional Committee:

Neil Zouaoui / Design Integrity Solutions - Chairperson
Dean Griffiths / Chubb Fire & Security - Deputy Chairperson
Mark Staley / Wormald-Tyco - Treasurer / Secretary
Phil Joyce / Power & Water - Committee Member
John Oliver / NT Fire & Rescue Service - Committee Member
Drago Kojic / Southern Starr Fire Protection - Committee Member
Rick French / Control Fire Services - Committee Member
Marc Hunt / Custom AV - Committee Member

(Pictured above - left to right: Stuart Just, Dean Griffiths, Phil Joyce, Neil Zouaoui and Mark Staley.)

This Northern Territory Committee brings enthusiasm and drive to affect real change for the fire protection industry in the NT and we look forward to the growth and development of the Committee and its activities.

Gain Access to Government Funding for Staff Training

If you have a desire or requirement to train your staff working in fire protection related fields, but find the costs to be prohibitive, the Australian Government is currently promoting an initiative called the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) that may be beneficial to you and your business.

The national Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) is assisting eligible businesses to access this funding available as part of the NWDF. CPSISC is holding free breakfasts in various locations around Australia in June for employers to find out more about the funding opportunities.

At these events you will learn how to access national funding to undertake workforce development planning to train and develop your staff to meet your organisation’s current and future business needs.

To learn more about the NWDF or for more details about the breakfast functions (including to RSVP) follow the below link to the CPSISC website:

Successful Victorian Bushfire Planning & Design Forum

On Tuesday April 30 an important forum was held in the training facilities at the new FPA Australia National Office in Blackburn North. The Forum, which was a joint initiative between the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and FPA Australia, was open to all Victorian based bushfire consultants and featured speakers from both organisations.

The event provided a great opportunity for Victorian based bushfire consultants to come together and gain an understanding of the expectations of the legislative reforms that followed the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. The forum marks the continuation of improved dialogue between industry and government on delivering on these objectives.

During the forum CFA CEO Mick Bourke formally acknowledged the importance of accreditation of bushfire consultants in Victoria via the FPA Australia BPAD scheme and the benefits this would deliver for the industry and the community

Last Chance to be Assessed in PRM Units
FPA Australia is advising all students enrolled in PRM coded units that now is the final opportunity to book in for assessments in these units before they are officially superseded on June 30, 2013. After this time it will no longer be possible for students enrolled in these units to be assessed.

The superseding of the old Asset Maintenance (PRM) qualifications is in accordance with government regulations implemented by the National VET regulator. To assist you in completing these units before the deadline, the following assessment workshops are available:


11 - 14


Refresher Training & Assessment

17 - 21


First Attack Training & Assessment

24 - 28 

New South Wales

Refresher Training & Assessment

Booking into an assessment workshop simply requires you to attend those days relevant to your units and this can be arranged with our assessor at the time of booking. Attending an assessment will ensure you are completing your units before it is too late. If you miss the cut-off date of 30 June 2013, you cannot gain these units and you will incur additional fees should you wish to enrol in new units under the new qualifications: Certificate II or III in Fire Protection Inspection and Testing.

If you are unable to attend an assessment workshop but still want to complete your units of competency prior to the end of June, please contact FPA Australia today to discuss your options. To book into an assessment workshop or for more information, contact one of our training representatives at or by phone 1300 731 922.

Fire Australia 2013 - Sponsorship & Exhibition Open for Members. Public Opportunities Coming Soon

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.

The exhibition will once again be a main feature of the event. It will incorporate the Showcase Theatre where exhibitors will present the many new products and services available to the industry.
With speakers from across Australia and overseas, the organisers aim to ensure all presentations are topical and current, affording attendees across all roles in the fire protection industry additional knowledge and information.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are open now for FPA Australia members while public opportunities will open in June. The full conference program & registration brochure is anticipated to be available in July. For more information visit

New Code of Practice - Your Chance to Provide Feedback

FPA Australia's all new Code of Practice is now available for feedback from Association members and all industry stakeholders.

Reviewing and updating the Code of Practice has been an extensive process and the Association is proud to present its new draft document of the Code for consideration.

The objective of the Code of Practice review has been 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 Corporate members.

To provide feedback on the updated Code, click here to take the survey. Respondents may choose to provide feedback on all sections of the Code, or specific sections as required.

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

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