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Upcoming Events

AS 2118 Draft Comment Sprinkler National Seminar Series
Feb 17-27

Fire Australia 2015
Gold Coast 
March 25-26

Assessment Workshops

VIC 09-13
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 Shaping Up as the Largest Ever - Early Bird Closing Soon


The Fire Australia 2015 Conference & Exhibition is shaping up as being the largest in the event's history. With a total of 10 sponsors already confirmed as well as 71 exhibition booths the event is sure to be an outstanding success.

Now is also your last chance to take advantage of significant savings available for early bird registrations. Due to the Christmas holiday break the Early Bird deadline has been extended until COB Friday 13 February.

In addition, there are also a very limited number of exhibition booths still available. Due to huge demand, 10 additional exhibition booths were added to the Fire Australia 2015 floor plan. Only four of these booths remain so contact us now to secure your booth!

If you wish to take advantage of the extended floor plan and be involved in the Fire Australia 2015 exhibition please complete and return the form in the Sponsorship & Exhibition brochure.

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. 

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
Fire Australia 2015 Sponsors Announced - Limited Sponsorship Opportunities Remain

FPA Australia is extremely pleased to announce the sponsors of the Fire Australia 2015 Conference and Exhibition.

We have previously announced the Platinum Sponsors Flamestop Australia and Tyco Fire Protection Products and the Association is now also pleased to announce the Gold Sponsors: Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers and Brooks Australia. The Silver Sponsor is Kidde Australia while the Conference Dinner sponsor is Chubb Fire & Security. We also thank Pertronic Industries and Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation for their satchel and stationary sponsorship and Flamestop Australia for taking up Identification and Cafe Seating in addition to their Platinum commitment. 

To view a larger version of the full sponsor listing above simply click on the image. 
There are a small number of limited sponsorship opportunities remaining including the proceedings USB and the conference program. To take up one of these opportunities download the brochure here. For all Fire Australia 2015 info visit
Fire Sprinkler (AS 2118.1 Draft Comment) - National Seminar Series


FPA Australia is pleased to announce a national seminar series covering a broad range of topics in relation to automatic fire sprinkler systems in Australia, with particular focus on AS 2118.1. This half-day seminar, which is scheduled to run in all states and territories from February 17 - 27, 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
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 the Introductory Offer


Significant discounts are currently available to celebrate the launch of the premium Workplace Relations Plus 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 (service must commence by 31 December 2015). 

All FPA Australia Corporate members who subscribe to Workplace Relations Plus are eligible to use a range of enterprise agreements tailored by FPA Australia for the fire protection industry (specifically focussed on sprinkler fitting & electrical) as well as a number of other exclusive services. Available services for 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)
  • Unlimited workplace relations phone support 
  • Legal & industrial representation (Capped Restrictions Apply) 
  • Access to a detailed human resources kit
  • Access to detailed contract documents and more
To learn more about Workplace Relation Plus download the brochureTo take advantage of the special introductory offer download the application form
EAHL Qualified Persons Licence 2 & 3 Special Offer - Save up to $1045


FPA Australia has bundled the training required for a technician to apply for both EAHL Qualified Persons Licence 2 and 3 into a single, discounted offering. The bundle includes all nine units required to achieve EAHL Qualified Persons Licence 2&3. Participants can save up to $1045.

The training is suited to technicians who currently hold an EAHL Experienced Person’s Licence and want to transition to a Qualified Person’s Licence. It may also be suited to those with industry experience who haven’t previously held a licence.

Each participant who enrols will receive a set of self-paced training manuals to work through as well as the written assessment paper. On completion of the training, simply book into an assessment session so that you can be assessed in the practical tasks. Assessment sessions are held regularly around the country.

On successful completion of the assessment tasks, students will be issued with a nationally recognised statement of attainment, which can be provided to the Executive Officer of Ozone Protection, Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board as evidence towards transitioning to an EAHL Qualified Persons Licence.

To take advantage of this offer simply download and complete the enrolment form and return with payment to FPA Australia. We will confirm your enrolment and send you the training materials and assessment instructions. For any enquiries please contact the FPA Australia Engagement & Education Department on 03 8892 3131.
Information on Becoming an FPA Australia Platinum Member 


The Association has recently received a number of enquiries regarding the process and requirements for becoming a Platinum member.

Platinum membership is reserved for those companies or organisations that wish to take a highly active role in the fire protection industry and the activities of the Association. Corporate and Organisation Platinum is the highest level of membership available within FPA Australia and these members receive significant extra benefits.

Because of this, Platinum members are only approved based on application to the Association's Board of Directors and the total number of Platinum members is limited to a small group of companies and organisations.  

Strict criteria apply for acceptance as a Platinum member. Click here to view the detailed Platinum member criteria. To view more information about Platinum membership including additional benefits and pricing, download the Platinum membership benefits flyer.

We encourage any interested business or organisation to contact our Chief Executive Officer Scott Williams to discuss Platinum membership by email to or call 03 8892 3131.


Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme Update


There is a huge amount of activity underway within the Association's Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS).

Work on the next two classes of accreditation: Fire Systems Design and Fire Systems Certification, is progressing well and we expect to begin accepting formal applications for these classes in the coming months. The Association is also taking expressions of interest for these accreditation classes and if you would like to submit your interest please email

The Association will be rolling out detailed information / consultation sessions on the new classes of accreditation shortly and we will be making announcements about timing of these sessions in the near future. 

In addition, the Association has just launched a new "Code of Professional Conduct" which applies to all individuals accredited under one of the Association's accreditation schemes. You can read more about the Code in this edition of Fire Signals.

To learn more about FPAS visit the scheme web page here or call 03 8892 3131.

2015 National Construction Code Information Seminars


In June 2014 FPA Australia was confirmed as a representative body on the Australian Building Codes Board's Building Codes Committee for the first time. FPA Australia’s participation in this national committee has already included a review of proposals for change and public comments to the draft BCA 2015. 

In addition FPA Australia has learnt first-hand about ABCB’s proposed reform agenda that includes but is not limited to; free BCA access, a three year amendment cycle instead of annual and the introduction of verification methods to increase the use of alternative solutions to meet the performance requirements.

To keep up to date with the changes for fire protection and the ABCB’s reform agenda, FPA Australia recommends that all members attend the upcoming NCC seminars. To register and obtain further information please visit

Code of Professional Conduct Launched


FPA Australia is pleased to release its Code of Professional Conduct.

The Code has been produced for all individuals who sign up to any existing FPA Australia accreditation scheme (currently FPAS and BPAD) as well as any future accreditation schemes that may be developed by the Association.

FPA Australia accreditation schemes have been developed in order to provide a consistent approach to recognising individuals who have the minimum competencies in the fire protection field they work in.

The Code sets out the principles, standards of behaviour and service delivery requirements for all accredited individuals. Individuals required to comply with the Code will receive a printed copy on application or renewal. To download the digital version of the code click here. For more information on FPA Australia Accreditation & Licensing click here or call 03 8892 3131.
WA Bushfire Accreditation Framework Officially Introduced

The Western Australian Government has formally introduced a Framework for the accreditation and training of Level 1 Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessors as part of a commitment to having a professional fire consultant industry.

The Framework was developed by the WA State Government and is based on FPA Australia's BPAD Scheme which currently operates in NSW and Victoria. The Framework allows for multiple organisations to be endorsed as "Accrediting Bodies" who will be required to operate an accreditation scheme in accordance with the Framework.  

As a first stage, the Framework provides for the accreditation and training of people as Accredited Level 1 BAL Assessors. During 2015, the Framework will be further developed to include two additional (progressive) levels of practitioners: Level 2 Bushfire Planning Practitioners and Level 3 Bushfire Planning and Design Practitioners.

FPA Australia has submitted its application to become an Accrediting Body and we hope to have more news on this important initiative in weeks to come. For information regarding bushfire accreditation visit

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