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In This Issue
-20 year anniversary acknowledged
-Fire Australia 2017
-Become a Corporate Member
-Non-compliant logbooks
-Supreme Court Win
-Daniel Kirk
-Worplace Relations Plus
-US Study Tour
-New Ozone Executive Officer
-Events and Assessments Calendar
-AS 1851 reminder
-Positions Available At FPA Australia
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March 7, 2017


FPA Australia's 20 Year Anniversary

It’s now 20 years since the Australian Fire Protection Association (AFPA), which was established in 1960, and the Fire Protection Industry Association Australia (FPIAA) which was established in 1926, agreed to amalgamate to form one representative body to be known as Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia).

That decision, taken back in January 1997, recognised the outstanding work and history of the AFPA and FPIAA and that by merging them, a foundation would be established that would benefit the broader fire protection industry and ultimately the Australian community.

Major decisions like these are never easy and reflecting on the discussions through 1996 leading up until the merger, FPA Australia National President Chris Orr said; “There are always wonderful opportunities and of course there is always risk.”

“When you merge two entities together, you bring different services and value propositions to the table, varied personalities and cultures but what is important to remember is that the end result must be a better combined outcome in which everyone will benefit.”

“There is no doubt when you look at the Association today, its profile and positioning within the industry, this would never have been realised unless the merger occurred and I could not be prouder of what has been achieved. It is just outstanding."


                                 Chris Orr and Scott Williams


NFPA's Jim Pauley Confirmed as Fire Australia 2017 Keynote Speaker

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) President and CEO Jim Pauley (pictured) has confirmed he will be one of the Fire Australia 2017 keynote speakers in Sydney in May.  

The NFPA is the US-based leader in the international fight to eliminate death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.  

Mr Pauley has occupied the high profile position of NFPA President for three years and will speak on international leadership in fire protection standards development and research. He will be joined by two colleagues; Don Bliss, NFPA Vice President Field Operations, and Chris Dubay, NFPA Vice President of Engineering and Chief Electrical Engineer who will be discussing fire safety dangers associated with lithium battery storage systems.

Other key speakers confirmed for Fire Australia 2017 include Neil Savery Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB),  Stephen Kip one of the country's leading fire safety engineers and Andrew Batty Manager Dangerous Goods and Explosives Team, SafeWork NSW.

As well as focusing on key topics related to all sectors within the fire protection industry, Fire Australia 2017 will include a dedicated Fire Safety Engineering stream and an individual Hazmat stream will again be a Conference feature.  

 "The speakers for this year's Conference are first class," said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.

"With such a high calibre speaking line up and the incredible location of  Darling Harbour at the newly completed International Convention Centre Sydney, this will be  the biggest Fire Australia we have ever staged.

"Fire Australia 2017 will be the benchmark event for the fire protection industry."

To stay up to date with speaker announcements and registration offers go to

Limited Tradeshow Booths available for Fire Australia 2017 – Don’t Miss out

With a limited number of tradeshow booths still available this year’s Fire Australia Tradeshow is looking to be a sell-out.


You can still be a part of the premier event in fire and life safety and take the opportunity to showcase your company's products and services by clicking here.




Become a Corporate FPA Australia Member for Extra Benefits

Could your company benefit from being seen by an extra 6,000 people every month? That's how many people on average view Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) 'Providers of Choice' search register monthly. A registration in Providers of Choice is just one of the many benefits received by FPA Australia Corporate Members.

If your company is not a Corporate Member, but applies to become one by 31 March 2017, your company will be included on the register, plus you'll receive a minimum 20 per cent discount on insurance*, use of FPA Australia's widely recognised Member logo to boost your marketing activities, discounts on logbooks, attendance at events and workplace relations advice through Workplace Relations Plus.  

Your company will also be eligible for your choice of three special offers:

  • free Fire protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) (Inspect&Test)
  • additional FPA Australia vouchers to use toward FPA Australia products and services
  • 50 per cent off Workplace Relations Plus subscription. Workplace Relations Plus is the fire protection industry's dedicated workplace relations advice service

To find out more and to read the terms and conditions*, click here



Non-Compliant Logbooks Create Significant Legal Exposure

The fire protection industry would be well aware of the importance to be compliant in their professional work.

Whether it is a sprinkler head, fire door or a document that records the legislated Routine Servicing of Fire Protection Systems (AS 1851), compliance is absolutely necessary, not optional.The legal liability of not complying is endless and when it comes to AS 1851 or AS 2293.2 logbooks, the necessity to meet various legislation around Australia is complex and it is easy to overlook.

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has created a bespoke suite of logbooks for maintenance recording and reporting activities in the fire protection industry. 

To find out more about logbook compliance, please click here



FPA Australia Wins Supreme Court Case

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has won an important and long-running Supreme Court case which could have far reaching implications for the Fire Protection Industry and the growing demand for professional accreditation schemes.

The case centred around whether FPA Australia had acted lawfully when it cancelled the accreditation of a practitioner.

In 2012, FPA Australia received a complaint about the practitioner's conduct which alleged some irregularities in reports that had been produced.

FPA Australia requested information from the practitioner in order to investigate the complaint. The practitioner refused several requests over a number of months and FPA Australia suspended and then cancelled the accreditation. The practitioner issued proceedings against FPA Australia seeking reinstatement and relief.

The Supreme Court found that the practitioner was bound by contract to provide the requested information and FPA Australia, as the administrator of the accreditation scheme has acted appropriately.



NSW Gets First FPAS Fire Systems Design Practitioner

Daniel Kirk (pictured)  has become the first NSW fire protection Industry practitioner to be accredited in Fire Systems Design under the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) administered by the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia).

Daniel, who has been in the industry for eleven years and is an Associate Fire Engineer with the NSW Team of WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, successfully gained accreditation in the following three categories: Fire Sprinkler Systems, Fire Hydrant and Hose Reel Systems and Fire Detection and Alarm Systems.

"Accreditation is becoming a requirement, especially in NSW right now (as the NSW Government moves to introduce reforms to the fire protection industry introducing industry accreditation for practitioners).

Daniel plans to use his new accreditation to advantage when he is undertaking work and tendering for future work.

"I think that if I'm tendering in a field where I am the only one who has accreditation, then it will put me in a good light."

Workplace Relations - Is Your Business Compliant?

With over 80 per cent of companies involved in the fire protection industry classified as small businesses employing less than 15 people, complying with complex workplace relations laws is often confusing, time consuming, inconvenient and frustrating.

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) created Workplace Relations Plus, the industry's only dedicated, affordable and convenient workplace relations advice service to meet the needs of its members.

FPA Australia Workplace Relations Plus is headed by lawyer and workplace relations expert Richard Krajewski (pictured), who has many decades working in this specialist area including in the fire protection industry.

“A small business operator is already working flat out taking bookings, dealing with clients, assigning jobs to staff, ensuring their work is up to standard, running the accounts and they’re probably out on the job themselves," said Richard.

“Through all of that they still have to be compliant with workplace law. FPA Australia members can get advice on any aspect of workplace relations. We’ve already helped many members and can help your business too.

“We have structured Workplace Relations Plus subscriptions to reflect business sizes which means that for as little as $12.70 a week for FPA Australia  members with 1-4 employees, $25.40 a week for members with 5-14  employees and $59.25 a week for members with 15-29 employees, there is a dedicated, targeted advice service they can access to help with their workplace issues.”

Find out Workplace Relations Plus can help you with your workplace relations issues by clicking here or send an email to

FPA Australia US Study Tour

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) call for expressions of interest for its study tour to the USA in May-June 2017 has closed with a strong response.

"We are very pleased that so many people have said they would want to join us on the trip," said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams

"Final costs are being calculated, the program is being finalised and with trips including to the National Fire Protection Association's Conference in Boston, the New York Fire Department and Museum as well as a tour of Ground Zero and the famous New York Fire Boat, it's no wonder there was so much interest."  


New Executive Officer for Ozone


Mark Potter has been appointed Executive Officer for the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board.

Mark (pictured), who started on 23 February, has an extensive managerial background as an Executive within the Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA). His roles and responsibilities have included Community Infrastructure (Bushfire and Structural), Community Safety and Fire Safety.

Of recent time, Mark has been the Chief Operating Officer with Federation Training, a public training organisation in the Gippsland area of Victoria where he led a team of approximately 150 staff.    

The key attributes that Mark brings is his broad stakeholder engagement skills, level of professionalism, project management skills and his knowledge broadly of the fire protection industry with key linkages to the industrial sectors. He has also managed large projects on behalf of the Emergency Management Commissioner in Victoria and was a member of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Built Environment Technical Group.

Former Executive Officer Carlos Santin tendered his resignation late in 2016 and is providing support to Mark during through the transition.


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 the Fire Protection Industry members build skills, knowledge and competence within their profession.

 Scheduled Events 

Fire Australia 2017          3 - 5 May

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                      27 to 31 March,
    8 to 21 April
                                      15 to 19 May

  • NSW                          21 to 23 March

  • Queensland               16 to 18 May

  • South Australia          7 to 9 March

  • Tasmania                   15 to 19 March

Scheduled Bushfire Training

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Short Course

  • Perth                           3 to 7 April

Building and Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas

  • Perth                         14 to 15 March
                                      23 to 24 May

Reminder: AS 1851-2012 Approved for Use in Victoria

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) would like to remind all fire protection industry members that changes made to the Victorian Building Regulations last year now allow the use of AS 1851-2012 despite the version referenced on an existing occupancy or maintenance determination.

For more information on this, see the Victorian appendix of FPA Australia's Good Practice Guide GPG-03 Adoption and Use of AS 1851-2012 (Version 4) which provides practical guidance on the regulatory framework relating to the maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment in Victoria and the use of AS 1851-2012.

To view a copy of the Good Practice Guide click here

Click here for the original announcement of the change to the Victorian Building Regulations.

Positions Available at FPA Australia

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is recruiting for its Melbourne office.

Compliance Officer

Reporting to the General Manager- Member and Industry Services, the purpose of the role is to provide a full time dedicated resource to develop and implement, in consultation with internal stakeholders. an auditing program for Association members and individuals accredited under the Association Accreditation Schemes.

To find out more click here

Accreditation/Licensing Administrator

Reporting to the Accreditation/Licensing Team Leader, the purpose of the role encompasses a variety of duties involved in the accreditation process including processing of new applications and renewal.

To find our more click here

Compliance and Communications Officer

Reporting to the Executive Officer, the purpose of this role is to provide a full-time, dedicated resource to develop and implement a Communication and Awareness Program and an Engagement and Monitoring Program.

To find out more click here

Senior Technical Officer

The role reports to the General Manager Technical Services/Deputy CEO and will  influence and interact with a range of stakeholder interest in fire protection and related fields including coordinating FPA Australia member committees and groups.

To find out more click here

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