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In This Issue
-AS 1670.1 Seminars Filling Fast
-Gala Awards - Call For Judges
-Logo Changes In Effect
-Logbook Sale Extended
-Standards Update
-Performance-Based Design Article
-FPAS Surge Continues
-WA Smoke Alarm Requirements
-Voucher Reminder for Members
-FPA Australia Digital Community Growing
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July 5, 2016

AS 1670.1-2015 Seminars - Places Filling Fast

We are very pleased with the response so far to our upcoming AS 1670.1-2015 National Seminar Series which will visit all states and territories through July and August. Due to significant interest some seminars now only have limited places left, so if you plan to attend we encourage you to register now to avoid disappointment.

Critical information on changes in the new standard will be provided to attendees by our subject matter experts at these seminars. Changes in this standard will impact all individuals and businesses involved in detection and alarms so don't risk missing out and not being up to date with this vital information.

Fire Protection Industry Awards - Call For Judges 


FPA Australia is now calling for applications from individuals who believe they have what it takes to be part of the independent judging panel for the 2016 Fire Protection Industry Awards, to be held on November 3, 2016 at Doltone House, Hyde Park, Sydney.

We are seeking interest from individuals, both members and non members, from the fire protection and broader building and construction sector in Australia, who have significant experience and understanding of fire protection and related industry matters.

If you would like to be considered for our judging panel please supply your CV and a short covering letter outlining your experience and expertise to by COB Friday July 29.

FPA Australia is also pleased to announce the Gala Awards official website is now live and can be accessed at


Are You Using the Correct Logos?

As we enter the new financial year FPA Australia is reminding all members that changes now apply to the use of FPA Australia logos.  

Specifically, as of July 1, the Code of Practice Compliant logo can no longer be used at all including on any materials, on member websites or email signatures.

Logbook Sale Extended to July 31


Due to significant industry demand we have extended our logbook sale until July 31, 2016. 

FPA Australia is offering free postage for all logbook orders that are lodged and paid by July 31, as well as an additional 5% off the total cost of any order over $1000 (inc GST). In addition, FPA Australia members can also use valid vouchers to access even greater savings.

AS 1851-2012 and 2118.1 Update


AS 1851-2012 Amendment 1

AS 1851-2012 Amendment 1 went to committee ballot which closed Friday June 17. FPA Australia voted for the publication of the amendment with minor editorial changes. It is always hard to speculate about when standards will be published, but we expect this to be around September 2016.

AS 2118.1 Revision

The AS 2118.1 revision has been released for a second public comment and committee ballot (combined procedure). Anyone interested in the revision is recommended to read it and provide feedback direct to Standards. Please note that Standards Australia has stated that any feedback repeated from previous public comments will not be considered. 


Performance Based Design - Benefits and Pitfalls

FPA Australia has been approached to contribute regular editorial to Sourceable industry news website. We've kicked off our first post with an in depth discussion about the benefits and pitfalls of performance based design.

In the article CEO Scott Williams discusses these issues and some possible solutions for improving the current state of play with regard to understanding and compliance surrounding performance and the building code in Australia generally. 

FPAS Surge Continues - Association Staff Changes

The surge of companies seeking to get involved with our Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) is continuing apace.

Driven in part by our free transitional accreditation offer and related training subsidies, the Association has now received more than 200 new registrations for FPAS from member companies seeking to have their technicians accredited since the start of the promotional program.

Some of these businesses have also moved to Recognised Business status and we will be profiling some of these businesses in future editions of FireSignals.


WA Clarification of Smoke Alarm Requirements

The Western Australian Building Commission has recently released a new industry bulletin in relation to the use of battery powered smoke alarms in dwellings subject to sale, transfer of ownership, lease or hire.

This Industry Bulletin replaces Building Commission Advisory Note 2010/009 published in May 2010 under the provisions of the now repealed Building Regulations 1989.

Members - Don't Forget to Use Your Vouchers

FPA Australia is reminding all members to use any currently held vouchers in order to take full advantage of your membership benefits.

There are a range of current special offers and sales your can use your vouchers towards. Please note: vouchers must be presented at time of purchase.



Our Digital Community Continues to Grow

We are very pleased that our FireSignals readership is continuing to grow and we are well on the way to our goal of 10,000 monthly readers. Currently FireSignals reaches more than 9,000 unique readers every month.

In addition, our social media presence continues to expand, particularly our LinkedIn group which now boasts more than 1,700 active participants. You can connect with all our social media channels via the buttons below. 



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