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Dates For Your Diary

Assessment Workshops

JUNE
3 - 6 VIC
24 - 27 NSW

JULY
8 - 11 SA
29 - 1 Aug WA


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AS 3745-2010 Amendment Seminar Series
2-19 June
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Queensalnd & The New Maintenance Standard - June
24 & 25 Townsville
26 & 27 Brisbane
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Fire Expos 
15 July VIC
30 July NSW

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New FPA Australia Code of Practice Released

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FPA Australia is proud to announce the release of the long awaited new Code of Practice (the Code).

The new Code sets out the principles, standards of behaviour and service delivery requirements for all FPA Australia Corporate members.

The Code is currently being rolled out, meaning from now on, as Corporate members come up for renewal, they will be mailed the new version of the Code and asked to adopt it.

The Code has been significantly amended to reflect the expectations, needs and nature of the modern fire protection industry.

The new Code is also much easier to read and navigate. An innovative new tab structure means that readers can quickly and easily locate specific sections of the Code.

You can view the new Code of Practice online now at the FPA Australia website
here. For all member enquiries related to the new Code please contact member@fpaa.com.au.

 
 

 
   


 
Ozone Protection & Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act Under Review
 
The Australian Government is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act) and associated legislation.

The objectives of the review are to:
  • Identify opportunities to improve and streamline the operation of the Ozone Act, including reducing regulatory compliance costs for business and the community
  • Identify opportunities to reduce emissions of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and synthetic greenhouse gases (SGG) in line with international efforts
The Department of the Environment (the Department) invites written submissions responding to the Terms of Reference from all interested businesses and members of the community.

The Department has established a Technical Working Group in consultation with industry which will provide technical advice throughout the review. Members will include representatives with relevant expertise from industry groups that reflect the range of stakeholders directly affected by the Act. 

The Association will also develop a detailed submission that will be provided to the Australian Government and we are encouraging members to assist by providing feedback on the terms of reference by COB Friday 4 July 2014.

To view the terms of reference and learn how to provide feedback – click here. To download the submission coversheet click here. To view the Minister’s media release click here. For more information about the Act or the review, or to lodge your own submission, please contact
ozone@fpaa.com.au.
 
 
     
 
Hurry! AS 3745-2010 Planning for Emergencies in Facilities Seminars Start Monday

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Now is your last chance to register for the important upcoming seminar on AS 3745-2010 Planning for Emergencies in Facilities, which kicks off in Sydney this Monday, June 2.  

The recent amendments to AS 3745-2010 have significant impacts on the way the Standard is now applied. The importance of emergency planning for buildings that use lifts for evacuation as well as the requirements to maintain emergency plans and procedures in accordance with AS 1851-2012 Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment, will also be discussed. AS 3745, and the recent changes to it, directly affects almost every building and facility in Australia.

At the seminar you will learn the practical importance of these changes from experts in this field. These speakers will draw on experience and knowledge gained on both the FPA Australia Technical Advisory Committee on Emergency Planning (TAC/17) and the Standards Australia Committee FP017 - Emergency Planning.


Admission is $165 for FPA Australia members or $220 for non-members. In addition, if you are an FPA Australia member and you have unused vouchers, these seminars are an ideal opportunity to use these and save $50 per admission. If your membership is due for renewal in coming months, any outstanding vouchers will expire at the end of your current membership period, so use them now to take full advantage of your benefits. Also please note this is an educational event meaning attendees are eligible for CPD points.

To register for one of these seminars in your area, simply download the registration brochure 
here or register online via CONNECT. If you would like to check if you have unused vouchers, simply email member@fpaa.com.au. We look forward to seeing you at the seminars.
 
     
 
 Sun Setting of Victorian Building Regulations 2006

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The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has requested advice from industry on the upcoming sun setting of the Victorian Building Regulations 2006, which will be superseded on 6 June 2016.  All Victorian FPA Australia members are being encouraged to have their say. 

In order to meet the requirements under section 5 of the “Subordinate Legislation Act 1994,” regulations are evaluated every 10 years to check if they are still relevant or should be changed. This process is known as 'sun setting'.

This process presents an opportunity for you, through FPA Australia, to propose relevant changes to the building regulations or for the removal of redundant or duplicate provisions in the regulations.

Some fire-protection related areas that have already been identified for change by FPA Australia in conjunction with the Victorian Membership Group include:
  • Part 12 - Maintenance Requirements & AS 1851-2012 adoption
  • Advice regarding schedule 8 and what activities involving essential safety measures require a building permit
  • Procedures for isolating ASEs and linkages to the MFB and CFA Acts
  • Documenting and implementing alternative solutions
  • Documenting installation and commissioning requirements and recording results (baseline data)
  • Product certification protocols.
The Association is preparing a submission to government and we welcome all member comments for consideration and inclusion wherever relevant. All submissions to the VBA are due by June 13, 2014 so any member comments should be sent in writing by June 6, 2014 to technical@fpaa.com.au
 
 
     
 
 10% Off All AS 1851-2005 Logbooks - June Only
 
For the month of June, all orders of FPA Australia AS 1851-2005 logbooks will receive a 10% discount (while stocks last).

Due to the significant quantities of  AS 1851-2012 logbooks currently being printed, the Association has secured a limited number of discounted AS 1851-2005 logbooks and is now pleased to pass this saving on to you.

This offer is strictly while stocks last and all orders must be placed before close-of-business Monday 30 June 2014 to be eligible. Discounts apply to both member and non-member pricing. 


All FPA Australia AS 1851-2005 logbooks are in accordance with AS1851-2005 Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems & Equipment.  Each book comes in a multi-colour triplicate format with unique identification numbers on every page for recording purposes. For more information about the logbooks you can view the guide presentation here

To take advantage of this limited offer simply download and complete the FPA Australia 
order form. For enquiries email shop@fpaa.com.au or call 1300 731 922 to speak with our Sales Centre team.

Please note - this sale only applies to AS 1851-2005 logbooks. To view prices of the newly released AS 1851-2012 logbooks, download the order form

 
 
     
 
 Major Changes to Victorian Bushfire Planning Requirements

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This week Victorian Planning Minister The Hon Matthew Guy, announced sweeping changes to Victoria's bushfire planning requirements. The changes are designed to provide additional certainty to landowners in bushfire prone areas.

The reforms will allow alternative safety measures to be considered, which are likely to allow more people to build on land with higher Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) ratings. 

The reforms include:
  • Allowing private bushfire bunkers as an alternative safety measure
  • Limiting the defendable space obligations to the title boundary of a property
  • Changes to the native vegetation removal process
  • Ensuring the assessment of bushfire risk is consistent with the relevant Australian Standard
  • Allowing more sensible bushfire safety measures in new master-planned estates
  • Allowing homes to be built on 'infill' lots surrounded by other dwellings
  • $700,000 to help landowners and council streamline planning processes and get permits through
These changes make it even more important for those hoping to build in bushfire prone areas to use an accredited Bushfire Planning & Design (BPAD) practitioner to assist in this process. 

To view the full media release from the Planning Minster click here. To access a list of businesses employing BPAD accredited practitioners in your state, click here and select Bushfire Consultants (BPAD) from the list.  

If you are a consultant currently working in this field and you are interested in becoming accredited please visit the BPAD pages of the Association's website here.   
 
 
     
 
 New Workplace Relations Services Coming To FPA Australia
          
FPA Australia is expanding its services with a suite of new workplace relations and human resources options being added.

To assist in delivering these important new services, the Association has employed a full-time Workplace Relations Manager - Mr Richard Krajewski. 

Richard has 35 years' experience in the Australian workplace and employee relations sectors and holds a Master of Law and Legal Practice.

Most recently he was employed by Chubb Fire & Security to provide workplace relations advice, a role which he undertook for 6 years.

With Richard's assistance, FPA Australia will be able to offer a wide range of workplace and employee relations services. Keep an eye on the FPA Australia website and upcoming editions of FireSignals for more information about these services as they come on stream. 

 
 
     
 
FPA Australia Subscription Introduced

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From July 1, 2014 FPA Australia will be introducing a subscription service available to persons interested in receiving communications material from the Association, but who do not require the other benefits of membership.

At the same time, The Association is removing what was formerly known as Associate level of membership, meaning Associate members will have the option to transition to a new membership level, or take up a subscription. This change will be rolled out as Associate memberships expire through the year.

FPA Australia produces the flagship quarterly industry magazine Fire Australia as well as a range of newsletters, media releases and important announcements related to the protection of life, property and the environment from the dangers of fire.

All subscribers receive:

• Quarterly printed editions of Fire Australia Magazine
• Access to previous digital versions of Fire Australia Magazine
• FireSignals E-newsletter
• All FPA Australia newsletters
• Access to previous digital version of newsletters
• Subscription to all FPA Australia email communications, latest news & industry updates
• Access to the FPA Australia CONNECT platform

The subscription service is priced at $77.00 per annum (inc gst) and is ideal for students, regulators, bushfire professionals, designers, architects and land use managers, facility managers and anyone with an interest in the fire protection industry.

To find out about an FPA Australia Subscription please call 1300 731 922 or email member@fpaa.com.au.

 
 
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