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In This Issue
-Lacrosse Cladding
-NSW Reforms - Have Your Say
-New Federal Contract
-2016 in Review
-Building Ministers' Forum
-Fire & Rescue NSW
-More AS 1851-2012 Seminars
-Fire Australia 2017
-$10m for Vic Schools
-Events and Assessments Calendar
-First Time for FireSignals?
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January 25, 2017

Lacrosse Apartments - Cladding Must Go

When the Lacrosse Apartment building erupted in flames in November 2014, the view of  Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA  Australia) was that removal of the aluminium composite cladding, which had been used in a non-compliant way, would be necessary to ensure compliance.

Two years on and the Victorian Building Appeals Board (BAB) has determined that alternatives such as balcony sprinklers are not enough and removal of the cladding, as ordered by Melbourne City Council's Municipal Building Surveyor, must proceed.  

To read the BAB determination click here


NSW Reforms - Have Your Say

As we continue to process the applications for the first NSW practitioners who sat their Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) assessments in Fire Systems Design and Fire Systems Certification, Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has held industry consultation sessions to discuss draft fire safety regulations which propose recognition of industry accreditation schemes and expectations to use competent fire safety practitioners.

The draft regulations are aimed at implementing some of the key recommendations of the NSW government's independent statutory review of the Building Professionals Act 2005 conducted by Michael Lambert.

FPA Australia members would be aware that the Association has worked closely with government representatives and liaised directly with Mr Lambert to table key reforms. This first stage of proposed regulatory change reflects the commitment from the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, the Hon Victor Dominello MP to implement key changes and FPA Australia is encouraged by the progress he is driving.

FPA Australia has been consulting with industry about the proposed reforms and will provide comment to the NSW Government.



FPA Australia Wins New ABCB Contract

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has won a competitive tender to be the successful bidder for a new contract with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science through the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB).

The contract will see FPA Australia form a strategic partnership with Arup, WSP Building, Red Fire Engineering, Umow Lai Vic and UniQuest (University of Queensland) to perform a Calibration Study of the proposed Fire Safety Verification Method for the National Construction Code (NCC).



2016 - The Year in Review

As the Fire Protection Industry returns to work after the summer holiday break, Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) CEO Scott Williams (main pic) reviews 2016 and 12 of the most momentous months in the Association's history.


Non-conforming Building Products Top of Ministers' List

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) welcomes the announcement from the Building Ministers' Forum (BMF) that work to address issues caused by the use of non-conforming building products would be accelerated and that more work would be completed in regard to harmonisation and non-compliance with the National Construction Code.

These are important issues for the Fire Protection Industry, the building and construction sector and the community generally. FPA Australia is evaluating the outcomes from December's BMF but is pleased that this critically important issue continues to be discussed at the highest level recognising that solutions must be found to reduce the health and safety risks in our built environment posed by non-conforming building products.



New Commissioner Fire & Rescue NSW

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) congratulates Paul Baxter (pictured) on his appointment as the new Commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW.

NSW Minister for Emergency Services the Hon. David Elliott announced the appointment saying Mr Baxter, currently the National Commander and CEO of the New Zealand Fire Service and President and Board Chair of the Australasian Fire & Emergency Service Authorities Council, was a highly qualified and experienced emergency services professional.

Mr Baxter replaces outgoing Commissioner Greg Mullins after he stepped down last year. He will start work in March or early April and Deputy Commissioner Jim Hamilton will be Acting Commissioner in the interim.

“The position of Commissioner Fire and Rescue NSW is one of the most important jobs in the state,” said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.

“We wish Mr Baxter all the best on the appointment and for the future. FPA Australia looks forward to working with him on important issues that will deliver improved fire safety outcomes for the people of NSW, including the proposed changes to fire safety regulations currently being considered by the NSW Government.”


AS 1851-2012 Amendment 1 Seminars for 2017

The demand for information regarding Amendment 1 AS 1851 - 2012 has been so strong  Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has scheduled additional seminars.

Seminars will be held in:


Darwin Tuesday       7 February
Hobart Wednesday   8 February
Melbourne Tuesday      14 February
Sydney Wednesday 15 February
Brisbane  Thursday    16 February


For more information and to register, click here


Fire Australia 2017 - the Year's Biggest Industry Event

Applications are now available for exhibitors and sponsors to be part of the largest fire and life safety event in Australia - Fire Australia 2017.

You can be part of this important event and take the opportunity to showcase your company's products and services. More information and applications can be downloaded by clicking here.


Vic Government to Spend $10m on Schools Bushfire Protection

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has commended  Victoria's Andrews Government which has committed to spending $10m on identifying and protecting schools in high-risk bushfire areas.

FPA Australia was contacted before Christmas by the Department of Education to provide additional information to assist the project which was publicly announced on 5 January 2017. It was strongly recommended at the time that whoever did the initial assessments be properly qualified and accredited under the Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) scheme.

BPAD qualified consultants would be best able to assess the threat level and the appropriate treatment. The Government has said it will invest in vegetation removal, gutter cleaning and gutter guards, door and window fire shutters, water tanks and sprinklers.

FPA Australia wants the best safety outcomes especially for our most vulnerable and maximising the effectiveness of the $10m budget is vital and best achieved using BPAD qualified experts.

To read more about the Government scheme click here 


Events, Training and Assessments Calendar

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is Australia's major technical and educational fire safety organisation aiming to achieve continual improvement in fire safety through active membership and a range of related activities. The Association holds frequent assessment classes, training classes and events to help Fire Protection Industry members further their profession.

 Scheduled Events 

AS 1851 - 2012 Amendment 1 Seminars

  • Darwin         7 February   
  • Hobart         8 February   
  • Melbourne 14 February  
  • Sydney      15 February  
  • Brisbane    16 February

For more information click here 

Fire Australia 2017

For more information click here

Scheduled Training and Assessment Calendar

Assessment sessions

Sessions fill up fast. Check the calendar here or  call on 03 8892 3182 and email

  • Victoria                      20 to 24 February, 
                                      27 to 31 March,
    8 to 21 April

  • NSW                          14 to 16 February (fully booked),
                                      21 to 23 March

  • Queensland               7 to 9 February

  • Western Australia      7 to 9 February

  • South Australia          7 to 9 March

  • Tasmania                  15 to19 March

Scheduled Bushfire Training

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Short Course

  • Perth 30 to 31 January (fully booked),

                3 to 7 April

Building and Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas

  • Perth 14 to 15 March

Recruitment at FPA Australia

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is Australia's major technical and educational fire safety organisation. We are currently recruiting to our Melbourne office and require a Senior Technical Officer - Fire Protection.

The position reports to the General Manager Technical Services/ Deputy CEO and will provide technical leadership, support and coordination to ensure the Association establishes a reputation as the leading technical and policy organisation for fire protection and related fields.

To find out more click here

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