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-Gala Awards - A Message From the CEO
-Members - Update Your Work Activities
-ABCB Advisory Note - Cladding
-QLD Smoke Alarm Legislation
-Supporting the ABCC
-Fire Australia + HazMat 2017
-QLD Member Meeting
-VIC DHHS Compliance Seminars
-Senate Inquiry Videos
-Fiona Wood Foundation Donation
-Goodbye Roland Philip Wetzig
-Public Service Medal Patrick McInerney
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September 2, 2016

Fire Protection Industry Awards - A Message From Our CEO


In this short video Association CEO Scott Williams provides a brief rundown of our upcoming Fire Protection Industry Gala Awards happening in Sydney on Thursday 3 November.

Nominations for the four independently judged awards are open until September 23 and we strongly encourage you to nominate yourself or your company via the links below.

Harry Marryatt Fire Protection Company of the Year Award (two size categories)

Barry Lee Technical Excellence Award

Young Achiever Award

Dinner tickets are also available to purchase. Ticket prices are $240 for a single ticket and $2,200 for a table of 10. Book now as we expect tickets to sell out prior to the event.


Members - Don't Lose Your Listing, Update Your Work Activities


We are reminding all Corporate members about important changes to our "Provider of Choice" trading activities that will provide greater detail for end users and more accurately reflect the full scope of work undertaken in the fire protection industry. 

In order to stay listed on the "Provider of Choice" section of the website you will need to update your work activities, "about us" information, social media links and your company logo. We have sent all Corporate members an email with a unique link to an online form to do this. For any members unable to complete the online form you can also complete and return the PDF form.



New ABCB Advisory Note - Cladding & External Walls

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has developed an Advisory Note to provide guidance on the application of Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions relating to the fire performance of external walls (including cladding products of external walls) of buildings of Type A and Type B construction.

At its meeting on 19 February 2016, the Building Ministers' Forum agreed to the development and implementation of a range of measures to help address risks associated with high risk cladding products on high rise buildings. These measures included the development of the Advisory Note.

QLD Introduces Photoelectric Smoke Alarm Legislation

Queensland homes will be required to be fitted with photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms in all bedrooms, as well as hallways as part of legislation passed in parliament this week.

All houses being built or significantly renovated will need to comply with the smoke alarm legislation upon completion after January 1, 2017. All houses leased or sold will need to meet compliance after five years and all owner-occupied private dwellings will need to comply with the legislation within 10 years.

Any smoke alarm being replaced after 1 January 2017 must be a photoelectric alarm.

Supporting the Re-Establishment of the ABCC

We are encouraged by the Government's commitment to the passage of the Australian Building Construction Commission (ABCC) legislation and suggestions that a joint sitting of both houses could still deliver this critically important outcome for the building industry sector.

Australia needs the re-establishment of the ABCC to drive business growth through the creation of a more stable and business-friendly environment by tackling the barriers to improve our national productivity performance.

Fire Australia + HazMat Conference & Tradeshow 3-5 May 2017

The Fire Australia + HazMat Conference & Tradeshow is happening again on 3-5 May 2017 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney!

The event is being expanded to three days, with a number of seminars and workshops to be held throughout.  In addition, the 2017 event will feature a dedicated Fire Safety Engineering stream supported by the Society of Fire Safety.

As always, Fire Australia + HazMat will feature the largest fire protection tradeshow in Australia with more than 100 booths available. 

Meeting for QLD Members - 15 September

Join your fellow FPA Australia members to learn about key issues currently affecting the fire protection industry in Queensland. The meeting will feature four presentations regarding:

  • Urban water provisions for firefighting services
  • QBCC passive Fire Licences Sub-group
  • FPAS and how this integrates with QBCC Licensing
  • Firefighting foam and the recent Qld Government policy announcement

Admission is free for members. More information including timing and location details can be found in the flyer. To register visit CONNECT and log in using your member details.

Victorian DHHS Compliance & Assessment Seminars

You are invited to attend one of our upcoming seminars on behalf of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on the topic: DHHS Compliance and Assessment Criteria - What is it?

These sessions will focus on the implementation of DHHS Capital Development Guidelines Series 7, Fire Risk Management, specifically on issues that have arisen regarding compliance with the guideline's statutory requirements.

New Videos From Senate Inquiry Appearances 

In the past year FPA Australia has appeared before two important Federal Senate Inquiries. The Senate Inquiry on “Contamination caused by firefighting foams at RAAF Base Williamtown and other sites” and the inquiry into the "Use of smoke alarms to prevent smoke and fire related deaths”. 

We have recently received transcript videos of these appearances and these are now available to view at our FPA TV Channel. To view the firefighting foam inquiry appearance click here. To view the smoke alarms appearance click here.



Official Donation Presented to Fiona Wood 

In August the Association Board of Directors met in Perth and had the opportunity to present our donation cheque for $16,000 raised at our Fire Australia + HazMat 2016 Charity Dinner to Dr Fiona Wood. If you attended our charity dinner where Fiona presented, would no doubt agree this is a very worthwhile cause.  

The Fiona Wood Foundation is at the forefront of global research and discovery in the area of burns with their key aim being to improve the outcomes and quality of life for those affected by burn injury. More information can be found at

In the picture above Dr Wood (left) accepts the donation from Association National President Trevor Voevodin (right).

Mourning the Passing of Roland Philip Wetzig

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of ex Wormald employee Roland Philip Wetzig.

Roland passed away on Wednesday 24 August aged 65, surrounded by his family following a battle with cancer. As a loyal employee of Wormald for over 45 years Roland made many friendships and will be sorely missed.

Public Service Medal for Patrick McInerney 

FPA Australia would like to congratulate Mr Patrick McInerney, Director of international ozone protection and synthetic greenhouse gas policy for Australia's Department of the Environment and Energy.

Mr McInerney, who was in the 2016 Queen's birthday honours, received the Federal Public Service Medal for outstanding public service for his role in the protection of the ozone layer and the climate system.

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