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Upcoming Events

Fire Australia 2015
Gold Coast 
March 25-26

Assessment Workshops

NSW 10-13
WA 17-20

SA 14-17
QLD 14-17
NSW 21-24

TAS 05-08
NT 12-15
QLD 19-22
WA 26-29

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Fire Australia 2015 - Last Chance To Register


The Fire Australia 2015 Conference & Exhibition is almost upon us! Don't miss your chance to register and attend the biggest fire protection conference and exhibition in the southern hemisphere which is shaping up as being the largest in the event's history!

The local and international keynote speaker profiles have recently been released so click here to view the bios on our fantastic keynotes. To view the full listing of speakers and to register yourself as a delegate, click here.

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. 

Promote Your Business - Personalised Logbooks Now Available! 


Why not promote your business with your company logo? For a small set up fee you can have any A4 size FPA Australia logbook personalised featuring your logo and company details, ensuring that anyone who views your service records understands it is your business undertaking the vital fire protection work on site.

Minimum quantity orders are required, so speak to one of our Membership Services staff to learn more. When purchasing FPA Australia Logbooks, remember:
  • FPA Australia vouchers can be used towards purchases within the Sales Centre, including logbooks 
  • Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) Recognised Businesses receive an extra 10% off their member rates
  • Corporate member rates apply for all FPA Australia Organisation and Corporate members
More information about FPA Australia’s suite of logbooks and personalised options can be found at To learn more about how FPA Australia logbooks can benefit your business, please call 03 8892 3131 or download our logbook brochure here.
Highlighting the Facts on FireFighting Foams 


FPA Australia is seeking to provide clarity on the selection, management and use of firefighting foams. It is hoped this will assist to inform people about the facts when choosing firefighting foams, including understanding the fire extinguishment effectiveness and environmental impacts.

Some stakeholders have sought to capitalise on increasing environmental sensitivities, and the release of the QLD and WA Draft Policy on Firefighting Foams, with information that the Association believes may be misrepresenting the draft policy as an imminent legal requirement which end users are obliged to comply with immediately. This is not the case.

It should be noted that this policy is only in initial draft stage and is not yet legislated in any jurisdiction. The draft policy may change significantly prior to implementation.

The Association recently submitted its interim response to the QLD and WA draft policy. The response makes clear FPA Australia’s position that the draft policy takes an unbalanced approach that ignores the importance of firefighting performance in favour of a sole focus on environmental outcomes. While the Association encourages all interested parties to read its interim response, five important facts have been drawn from the response and outlined below:

1. Foams containing PFOS should be banned

2. The Draft Policy's proposed restrictions on the use of C6 fluorotelomers are unnecessary

3. Evidence must be provided to demonstrate performance, regardless of foam type

4. Environmental performance should not be used as the sole selection criteria

5. Changing foam types in existing systems must be approached with caution

Each of these points is expanded on in the full media release which you can download here. These points have been drawn from the FPA Australia interim report on the WA and QLD draft policy on firefighting Foams. To read the full interim report click here. Further information is also available in the Association’s Information Bulletin IB-06 Selection and Use of Firefighting Foams which is available at 

Fire Sprinkler (AS 2118.1 Draft Comment) - National Seminar Series A Strong Success - Victoria Tuesday


FPA Australia would like to thank the hundreds of people who have registered and attended the AS 2118.1 seminar series around the country so far. 

The Association has been extremely pleased with the attendance and feedback on the seminar series and we encourage Victorian industry stakeholders to ensure they register to attend the final session to be held at our Melbourne National Office on Tuesday March 10.

The session will cover:
  • Developing the new standard, an overview of proposed changes, feedback process, regulatory adoption, how you can provide comment and a Q+A discussion
  • Details on FPA Australia's Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) classes for Fire System Designers and Certifiers
  • A free information session on the status of various sprinkler fitter enterprise agreements and the process currently being undertaken by FPA Australia to develop a new tailored agreement
While the formal public comment draft is yet to be released, FPA Australia has secured exclusive rights to distribute copies of a pre-public comment draft of AS 2118.1 to all seminar participants.  The pre-public comment draft is normally reserved for Standards Australia committee members.
For more information and to register please download the registration brochure here. For all Association event information please email or call 03 8892 3131.
Workplace Relations Plus - Don't Miss Out on Big Savings!
Don't miss your opportunity to take advantage of 50% off the cost of subscription to our newly launched Workplace Relations Plus service. This special offer ends on March 31. 

Recently all FPA Australia members would have received a letter from CEO Scott Williams along with our Workplace Relations Plus brochure and an application form for the special limited pricing offer. 

Subscription to Workplace Relations Plus is ideal for those businesses with
sprinkler fitters and / or electricians or other employees on workplace agreements, meaning their workplace relations needs are complex. These businesses have a need to have all of their enterprise agreements in one place, with a simple fee structure, being handled by an organisation that thoroughly understands the fire protection industry.

Workplace Relations Plus provides the confidence that not only are the agreements of a high quality, code compliant and represent industry best practice, but also that workplace relations support is only a phone call away. 

As a Workplace Relations Plus Subscriber you will not only receive access to tailored enterprise agreements but also immediate phone and email support as well as access to a significant suite of documents via CONNECT that are exclusive to subscribers.

We hope you will see the many benefits of Workplace Relations Plus for your business and we encourage you to contact us on 03 8892 3131 to find out more. To read the full letter from CEO Scott Williams click here. You can also download the Workplace Relations Plus brochure or the special offer application form.

Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme - Revision to Fire Systems Design Class


FPA Australia is advising of an important revision to our planned roll out of FPAS "Fire Systems Design" class of accreditation.

This class of accreditation will launch with Trainee (transitional) and Experienced (transitional) pathways, with the Qualified Accreditation pathway to be added at a later date. 

This revision was made due to a number of factors:
  • First, the Association wishes to ensure that there is sufficient capacity among the existing Registered Training Organisations delivering the Diploma of Fire Systems Design to deliver this qualification nationally. 
  • The Association, in our continuing engagement with regulators, is aware of current government consultations and reviews applicable to fire systems design work and we would like to ensure alignment wherever possible. 
  • This revision will allow the Association more time to engage actively with the membership and the industry with regard to the final specific requirements for the Qualified Accreditation pathway. 
Any individual or business who has so far submitted an expression of interest to the Association regarding Fire Systems Design will be contacted directly in addition to this communication. 

The Association will announce a more detailed time frame for the Qualified pathway roll out in the latter half of 2015, so be sure to check the FPAS page of our website regularly for further updates.
FPA Australia Expands its Technical Capacity - Senior Technical Officer Appointed

FPA Australia is extremely pleased to be expanding its capacity for advocacy and technical output with the appointment of Brett Dundules to the position of Senior Technical Officer.

This position has remained vacant since Chris Wyborn transitioned from the Technical Department to managing the recently created Engagement & Education Department.

The appointment of Brett Dundules into the Senior Technical Officer position allows the Association to continue to drive its strong advocacy for the implementation of best practice fire protection policy across all Australian states and territories. 

Brett will also be responsible for leading the operation of the Association's Technical Advisory Committees and Special Interest Groups as well as providing technical expertise to the ongoing work of our Accreditation and Licensing programs.

Brett is currently employed at the City of Melbourne Building Enforcement Department.  Brett’s experience and qualifications include fire protection system design, commissioning and installation complimented with fire and risk engineering and building surveying qualifications.

FPA Australia congratulates Brett on his appointment and we look forwa
rd to his strong contribution to the Association and the fire protection industry.
FPA Australia Congratulates Outgoing Victorian STMG Chair Rod Buncle


Victorian Membership Group Chair and long-standing member and contributor at FPA Australia Rod Buncle has chosen to relinquish his position as Chair. Rod feels the time is right for other individuals to take on this role, allowing Rod more time to focus on his business activities. The Association would like to extend its gratitude and thanks to Rod for his service to the Association and the fire protection industry.

Rod has been instrumental in assisting the Association transition to the State & Territory Membership Group (STMG) model in Victoria and has been a vocal supporter of initiatives being undertaken by the Association. 

The new process to elect a chair will be announced shortly. In the meantime the Victorian Membership Group will be chaired by Deputy Chair Doug Coldham. FPA Australia once again thanks Rod for his outstanding service and we look forward to his continued contribution as a member of FPA Australia. 
FPAS Recognised Businesses - Promoting Their Professionalism 

Recently we have noticed more Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) Recognised Businesses using their professionalism to their commercial advantage by showing off the FPAS Recognised Business logo on their vehicles.

All FPA Australia Corporate members can use their code of practice complaint or relevant corporate member level logos on their vehicles, website and other promotional collateral and we encourage these members to utilise our strong branding to promote their business wherever possible (in line with our logo guidelines).

In particular however, FPAS Recognised Business status shows customers, regulators and competitors that your business has taken a leadership role in professionalising your workforce and the fire protection industry as a whole. We therefore strongly encourage all Recognised Businesses to highlight this important commitment to professionalism. This is well demonstrated on the many LinkFire service vehicles which can be seen around Victoria, as shown above.

To learn more about achieving Recognised Business status under FPAS contact our Accreditation & Licensing Department on  03 8892 3131 or visit 

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