It seems hard to believe that once again the Christmas / New Year break is upon us after what has been a hugely busy and successful year for the Association and I hope for our members and the fire protection industry.
Our success this year has been led by the continued growth of our Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS), the launch of our Workplace Relations Department and the continued national adoption of the new standard for fire protection inspection and testing: AS 1851-2012.
FPAS continues to grow strongly with hundreds of technicians now accredited in the Inspect & Test class and the launch of the Fire Systems Design and Fire Systems Certify accreditation classes, which will be open for applications early in the new year.
As an Association we have strongly advocated for the adoption and use of AS 1851-2012 in all states and territories. As a result, Victoria is now the only remaining jurisdiction where using AS 1851-2012 is not yet possible and this is expected to be addressed with the sun-setting of the Victorian Building Act, which will end in 2016. The work on this important standard has been complemented by the success of our AS 1851-2012 logbooks, which have been meticulously researched and represent industry best practice.
Important too has been the outstanding continued growth in respect and trust of our Association's brand. Thanks to dedicated work by both our staff and volunteer representatives, the FPA Australia brand has developed respect and momentum in every sector of the industry. We are now having input at the highest levels of policy making at state, territory and national level and the Association is proud of our level of influence in fire related policy outcomes.
The 2015 Fire Australia Conference & Exhibition on the Gold Coast is shaping up to be one of the most successful conferences yet. Product compliance will be a significant focus for the Association in the new year and it is fitting that the conference theme is focussed on this important issue. The Association will be making some significant announcements about our plans in this regard at the conference and I look forward to seeing many of you there in March.
In 2015 we will maintain our strong support of our members and the industry and continue to work towards our vision of helping to minimise the impact of fire on life, property and the environment, for a safer community.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, all of the staff at the National Office, our valued volunteers and the members 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 2015.
CEO - FPA Australia
Workplace Relations Plus Launched
FPA Australia is pleased to announce its premium Workplace Relations Plus service is now available to Corporate members of the Association.
To launch this service, Corporate members are now eligible for an exciting 50% introductory offer for those who sign up to Workplace Relations Plus before 31 March 2015.
All FPA Australia Corporate members who subscribe to Workplace Relations Plus are eligible to use a range enterprise agreements tailored by FPA Australia for the fire protection industry, as well as a number of other exclusive services.
Workplace Relations Plus provides capacity for Corporate members who already have their own enterprise agreements or alternative arrangements in place to receive support for these agreements from FPA Australia.
Services accessible to Workplace Relations Plus subscribers include:
A range of tailored enterprise agreements for the fire protection industry. These include agreements for Licensed Sprinkler Fitting, Licensed Electrical, Non-Trade Fire Protection work and much more
FPA Australia enterprise agreements that are Building and Construction Industry Code compliant
Support for existing enterprise agreements or other arrangements (*Capped Restrictions Apply)
To learn more about Workplace Relation Plus download the brochure which includes all product and pricing information. To take advantage of the special introductory offer download the application form and sign up to Workplace Relation Plus before March 31, 2015.
New Provider of Choice Categories for Licensed Sprinkler Fitters and Licensed Electricians
In conjunction with the launch of the Workplace Relations Plus service, FPA Australia is also making several new categories available on the 'Providers of Choice' section of the website available.
Users will soon be able to find those companies that directly employ licensed sprinkler fitters and licensed electricians.
If you are an FPA Australia Corporate member and you would like to appear in one or both of these categories, or you would simply like to update the categories your business appears in on our website, download the website listing form and return your completed form to email@example.com.
Fire Australia 2015 - Program and Registration Out Now
Registrations are now open for Fire Australia 2015 on the Gold Coast. Get in now to take advantage of the early bird discount which ends on the 31st January 2015.
Fire Australia 2015 on the Gold Coast is the premier fire protection industry conference, attracting a wide range of representation from businesses, government and fire safety practitioners. With speakers from across Australia and overseas, the breadth of information on offer will ensure a rewarding experience for everyone who attends the conference and exhibition.
Building on the success of the last conference and exhibition, Fire Australia 2015 will once again provide delegates the option of attending multiple streams over the course of both days.
One stream will focus on the theme of the conference – “The right choices for product compliance and approval”. Other streams will focus on contemporary issues in the fields of early warning and detection, fire suppression, passive fire protection, evacuation and emergency management and bushfire.
All exhibition booths are now SOLD OUT, ensuring a variety of information will be available to attendees. The Platinum Sponsors for Fire Australia 2015 are Tyco Fire Protection Products and FlameStop Australia. Some minor sponsorship options are still available.
To learn more about the conference and to register download the registration brochure or contact the FPA Australia events team on 03 8892 3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queensland AS 1851-2012 Only One Week To Go!
FPA Australia would like to remind industry stakeholders in Queensland that AS 1851-2012 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems & Equipment becomes the mandatory Standard* for fire protection inspection and testing work in QLD in one week's time - January 1, 2015.
Queensland-based providers of fire protection inspection, testing and maintenance services must consider if they have the necessary recording and reporting materials, such as logbooks, in order to work to the new standard from January 1.
FPA Australia's all new AS 1851-2012 logbooks are ready to be used under the new Queensland regulations, with special provisions included in each book for the specific requirements of the new MP6.1 and the new Building Fire Safety Regulations.
To find out more about FPA Australia's suite of AS 1851-2012 logbooks click here. (*Alternative solutions are permitted to vary AS 1851-2012 according to these specific requirements).
AS 2118.1 - Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems - Public Comment Forum
A fully updated and revised version of AS 2118.1 - Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems – General Systems is due to be released for public comment in early February 2015.
FPA Australia will be hosting a seminar series on the draft standard shortly after its release.
Representatives of FPA Australia’s Technical Advisory Committee TAC/4/8/9 (Fire Sprinkler & Hydrants Systems, Tanks and Fixed Fire Pumps) have been assisting Standards Australia committee FP 004 with the revision of the standard.
The planned forums are aimed at informing and coordinating broad industry feedback to the Public Comment Draft of AS 2118.1 developed by Standards Australia that affects a large proportion of the fire protection industry. The forum will provide an opportunity for those in the industry, and related fields, to review the scope and details of the proposed changes and provide feedback for further consideration by FP 004 prior to its completion and release.
FPA Australia will provide a broad overview of the proposed changes and the anticipated effects and benefits to clients, the industry and the environment. The Association will also outline how comments provided to FPA Australia will be consolidated into an industry submission to Standards Australia in relation to the Public Comment Draft.
Details of the seminar will be released in early 2015 so keep an eye out for dates and locations.
Victorian Membership Group Golf Day a Great Success
The Victorian Membership Group's Annual Golf Day was held on Friday 7 November 2014 at the Rossdale Golf Club on the Mornington Peninsula.
Nine teams started the day's golf in bright sunny conditions. With light winds providing some relief from the sun and heat. After the game all the players were joined by an additional ten lunch guests who enjoyed a casual luncheon of generous proportions and the awarding of Golf and door prizes.
Victorian Membership Group Chairman, Rod Buncle, welcomed all guests and competitors and made special thanks to all of the kind key sponsors: Brooks, Globe Fire Sprinklers Australia, Flamestop, Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers together with Ampac and FM Global who helped make it an enjoyable social experience for our Members and their guests. Mr Buncle also thanked Dennis O'Brien, Norm Winn and the staff at National Office for assisting in the organisation of the day.
It was a great day on many fronts: the weather, the venue, meals and in particular all the FPA Australia members and sponsors who contributed to the day in what is currently a challenging business environment. Thank you for all attending and supporting the Association and we look forward to an even bigger golf day in 2015.
Winning teams and members:
1st Place - Ansul Team of David Franklyn, Darren Surgeon and Wade Watson
2nd Place - Eldie Fire Team of Peter McKenzie, Luke McKenzie, Bevan Morton and Zac Andam
3rd Place - FM Global Team of Andre Mierzwa, Brendan Ellis, James Tisdall and Art Miltins
3rd Hole Nearest to the Pin - James Tisdall (FM Global Team)
12th Hole Nearest to the Pin - Bevan Morton (Eldie Fire Team)
13th Hole Longest Drive - Andrew Dickinson (Tyco Team)
18th Hole Longest Drive -Brendan Ellis (FM Global Team)
Door prize Winners: Scott Plant, Dave Boyak, Dino Josefski, Caleb Sutton and Bevan Morton
For upcoming State & Territory Membership Group (STMG) activities visit the events calendar. For more information about STMGs visit the group webpage.
Christmas / New Year Opening Hours National Office
The FPA Australia National Office will close for the Christmas and New Year period from Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 3.00pm (AEDST) and will re-open for normal trading on Friday 2 January 2015.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and we wish you all a safe and merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Fire Protection Association Australia | Building 2, 31-47 Joseph Street, Blackburn North, VIC 3130 | 1300 731 922
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