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-Senate Inquiry
-Fiona Wood Foundation
-Provider of Choice
-Grenfell media coverage
-NSW reforms
-Building probes
-Industry Awards nominations
-Training Staff EOI
-New FPIB website
-US Study Tour
-QLD industry update
-DHHS compliance event
-Upcoming events
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July 21, 2017

People, products and enforcement critical, FPA Australia tells Senate Inquiry

To protect Australians from fire requires three elements working together; conforming products, conforming people, and enforcement of compliance. That was the message delivered this morning by Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) CEO Scott Williams to the Senate Inquiry into non-conforming and non-compliant building products.

FPA Australia made a submission in the early stages of the Senate Inquiry in 2015, and was invited to address the Inquiry in Sydney this week alongside the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC).

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Fire Australia fundraising success for Fiona Wood

This year’s Fire Australia Conference and Tradeshow Charity Dinner was a record-breaking success, raising $27,000 for our charity partner the Fiona Wood Foundation.

The Foundation was represented at the dinner by David Fyfe, Bali bomb survivor, burns victim and a Non-Executive Director of the Foundation. His account of the bombing, his struggle to overcome his horrific injuries and the work of Fiona Wood in saving his life graphically demonstrated the great work the Foundation has already done, and why FPA Australia is proud to be able to support them.

Named after Professor Fiona Wood, developer of the revolutionary ‘spray on skin’ and Member of the Order of Australia, the Foundation is at the leading edge of research and treatment of burns. Just last year, the Foundation announced the development of new compounds that could stop serious burn scars from forming, the product of a partnership with researchers at The University of Western Australia and the Royal Perth Hospital Burns Unit.

FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams will present the cheque of funds raised for the Foundation to David Fyfe in Perth next month.


Build business as a Provider of Choice

FPA Australia is excited to announce the launch of the new Provider of Choice search tool.

The Provider of Choice tool links consumers looking for fire safety products and services with providers who have shown their commitment to high standards and quality through accreditation, training and adherence as members to FPA Australia’s Code of Practice.

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Grenfell fire sparks media coverage

The tragic Grenfell fire in London in June has added a new urgency to the Australian conversation around fire safety, and driven significant media interest in FPA Australia’s work to improve outcomes in the country’s fire protection industry.

The message from FPA Australia has been consistent; product compliance is important, but educated, accredited fire protection professionals and regulatory enforcement are also critical parts of the puzzle. Without all three of these pillars working together, Australia’s fire safety will not be where it should.

CEO Scott Williams has been at the forefront of the conversation over the past month, and has featured on most mainstream television and radio stations, daily newspapers and many more media outlets, talking through the importance of fire safety and what needs to change in Australia.

FPA Australia is engaged with Federal, State and Territory Governments, participating in various working groups, roundtables, reference groups and committees, helping contribute to not just the discussion but the various actions and reforms that need to occur to address the quality of our buildings and, importantly, improve the fire safety outcomes for the community.

“These are unprecedented and challenging times, but the Association has built a brand reputation where it is highly sought after and regarded for its technical and policy advice, and as the peak body for the fire protection industry it is rewarding to be so highly regarded,” said Mr Williams.

“We also thank our members for their overwhelming support, messages and encouragement. The amount of feedback and support we have received in the past month clearly demonstrates the commitment, passion and loyalty of our broad membership, and we certainly acknowledge and appreciate your encouragement.”

To view some of the latest media coverage, follow FPA Australia on Twitter.

First step in NSW fire safety reforms

The New South Wales Government has taken the first step in important reforms of the state's fire safety regulation and certification system, which Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) believes will provide a template for other states and territories to follow.

A critical part of the reforms is the introduction of a framework to recognise industry accreditation schemes for competent fire safety practitioners, such as FPA Australia's Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS).

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States and territories launch building probes

Public interest following London’s Grenfell fire has prompted several states and territory governments to launch or accelerate probes into the use of combustible cladding on high-rise buildings.

In Victoria, the state government has established a taskforce to investigate combustible cladding use, which will speed up an existing assessment of buildings across Victoria.

Similar probes to investigate the use of combustible cladding have been established in the ACT, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia.

Fire Protection Industry Awards nominations opening in August
FPIB website

Nominations will open in August for this year’s Fire Protection Industry Awards, the premier recognition of excellence in the fire protection sector.

This is the Fire Protection Industry Awards’ second year, building on from last year’s inaugural event. The awards have grown into a dedicated industry ‘night of nights’ from the FPA Australia Member Awards, which had been presented at Fire Australia Conference since 1996. Two new Project of the Year awards have been added for 2017. The awards will be presented at the Fire Protection Industry Awards Gala Dinner on 9 November 2017 at Metropolis in Melbourne’s Southbank.

We encourage everyone in the fire protection industry to nominate those they see as leading the professional standards of commitment, excellence and contribution to the fire protection industry. To learn more, visit

Partnership opportunities are now available – contact or call 03 8892 3184 to discuss how your business can support industry excellence and professionalism.

Passionate about advancing skills and knowledge in the fire protection industry?

FPA Australia is expanding its training and education services, and is looking for a range of industry experts to work with us to advance the professionalism of the fire protection industry.

If you are interested in helping us to expand the skills and knowledge within our industry and have the passion to pass on your vast experience to the next generation of fire industry professionals, then we want to hear from you.

We are specifically looking for individuals interested in casual employment to undertake training and assessment at our Sydney Training Centre.

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New FPIB website
Awards Nominations

The Fire Protection Industry Board (FPIB) has launched a new website which makes it more convenient for stakeholders to access information about licensing, education materials, training, and applying for a fire protection industry permit.

The previous website was hosted through the Fire Protection Association Australia site. The new website is now a standalone site and managed by the Board, and can be accessed at

US Study Tour ends on a high
Awards Nominations

After the very productive visit to New York reported in last month’s FireSignals, the FPA Australia US Study Tour group moved on to the final leg with a visit to Boston to attend the annual conference of our US sister organisation the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The group also visited the NFPA’s Quincey headquarters and met with researchers, staff and CEO and President Jim Pauley, toured the new state-of-the-art Tyco Global Technology Centre in Cranston, Rhode Island, and squeezed in a group dinner at the iconic Original Cheers Bar in Beacon Hill.

Queensland industry update wrap-up

After Cyclone Debbie pushed the event out from April, the Industry Update Tour of Queensland got back on track in June. FPA Australia’s Matthew Wright visited Cairns, Townsville and Maroochydore to update members on regulatory changes, accreditation, QBCC licencing, FPA Australia’s new SPARK online engagement platform and more.

“Keeping engaged with the membership of FPA Australia is critical and the reception I received was very encouraging and positive,” said Mr Wright.

“It is the intention of the Association to spend a lot more time around Australia engaged with the members in the coming months, so keep an eye on the website for scheduled locations and dates”
Compliance issues and assessment criteria – what to look for?

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in conjunction with FPA Australia will hold two events over the next month focused on the implementation of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Capital Development Guideline Series 7, Fire Risk Management. In particular, the events will look at issues that have arisen around compliance to the guidelines’ statutory requirements.

Practice notes issued in 2017 will also be covered, along with information on assessment criteria, auditing requirements and guideline compliance.

The events will be held on Wednesday 26 July and Wednesday 16 August at the FPA Australia National Office, Building 2, 31-47 Joseph Street, Blackburn North, VIC.

Numbers are strictly limited, so book now to secure your place. For more information, click here.

Upcoming events

AS1670 Technical Solutions Workshop

 Hobart  Tuesday, 8 August
 Melbourne  Wednesday, 10 August
 Perth  Thursday, 11 August
 Adelaide  Monday, 21 August
 Brisbane  Tuesday, 22 August
 Canberra  Wednesday, 23 August

Fire Protection Industry Awards Gala Dinner

 Melbourne  Thursday, 9 November

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