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-Awards recognise excellence
-Platinum member recognition
-FPAS training subsidy
-FPA Australia Board election
-New Constitution & By Laws
-New wet system training
-Fire Systems Design accreditation
-Interim Register grows
-Cert II & III drafts
-Mandatory NSW forms
-AS 2419.1:2017 published
-Fire detection & alarm specialist
-Upcoming events
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November 24, 2017

Fire protection excellence recognised at Awards Gala
Awards Gala 2017

The Australian fire protection sector came together on 9 November in the beautiful Metropolis venue overlooking the Melbourne skyline to recognise their best and brightest at the Fire Protection Industry Awards Gala 2017.

It was only the second year the Awards have been held, but support from the industry was strong and points to a positive future for the awards, according to Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) CEO Scott Williams. Nearly 200 people attended the Gala.

"With everyone here tonight, it is fantastic to witness the support these awards are receiving as we celebrate all that is good about the industry," said Mr Williams as he opened the evening.

The Gala was hosted by TV and radio sports personality Stephen Quartermain, with live entertainment provided by internationally acclaimed Melbourne band BigCityBeat. 

The event also attracted several dignitaries: Tony Murphy, Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Management Victoria; Adam Dalrymple, Acting Deputy Chief Officer of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade; and Greg Buckley AFSM, Chief Superintendent of Fire & Rescue NSW.

It was a special evening for FPA Australia for more than one reason; 2017 was the 20th anniversary of the amalgamation of the Fire Protection Industry Association Australia and the Australian Fire Protection Association, the combination of which became the current Association.

"In that 20 years both the Association and the industry have come a long way," said Mr Williams. "These awards reflect that, and exist to recognise excellence and commitment across the entire Australian fire protection industry."

Tragic events like the Grenfell fire earlier in 2017 underlined the importance of the work the industry does, and the need to continually learn and improve. 

"It is therefore extremely important to celebrate outstanding individuals and companies in front of their peers, and hold them up as positive examples of this progression," said Mr Williams. "We aim to support everyone to reach the high standards set by these award winners." 

Six independently judged award categories and two awarded by the FPA Australia Board of Directors were presented on the night to nine deserving winners:

Young Achiever of the Year
Jayden Snashall, Australian Safety Engineers

Barry Lee Technical Excellence
Rodney Rolfe, Wormald Australia

Harry Marryatt Fire Protection Company of the Year 1-49 Employees
Plus Passive Fire

Harry Marryatt Fire Protection Company of the Year 50+ Employees
DEM Fire & Essential Services Group

Fire Protection Project of the Year under $1 million
Multiplex Constructions / Boss Fire

Fire Protection Project of the Year over $1 million
Wormald Australia 

A.V Viscogliosi Outstanding Service
William Lea

Meritorious Service
Paul Newman
Greg Buckley

Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers



Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme

We would also like to thank two organisations who have made this event possible with their support. Major Partner Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers is the leading provider of insurance to the fire protection industry.

Award Partner Wormald Australia is an iconic name in Australia fire protection, and this year won the Fire Protection Project of the Year Over $1 Million category.

The Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) was also pleased to provide support as an Award Partner.

View photos from the Fire Protection Industry Awards Gala 2017 at our online gallery here.

Association recognises Platinum members

FPA Australia recognised its Platinum members at the recent Fire Protection Industry Awards Gala 2017, presenting representatives with a plaque to celebrate the contributions they have made to the Association's work.

Association President Chris Orr presented plaques to Brooks Australia, Chubb Fire & Security, FlameStop Australia, Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers, Kidde, Wormald and Tyco Fire Protection Products.

Platinum members

Last chance for 40% FPAS training subsidy

The cut-off date is fast approaching for our 40% subsidy offer on the cost of FPAS training.

FPA Australia is offering a substantial subsidy of up to 40% off the regular cost of enrolment into inspect & test training for Corporate members who have registered for FPAS. The 40% subsidy is offered to those nominated employees who hold the FPAS Inspect & Test class of accreditation.

Enrolments that meet these requirements received prior to 31 December 2017 and completed prior to 30 June 2018 will be eligible for a subsidy equal to 40% of the standard enrolment fee (conditions apply).


New FPA Australia Board elected
Graeme Thom

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors for 2017-18, which was confirmed at the AGM held on Thursday 9 November.

Chris Orr was reappointed as FPA Australia’s President at the Board meeting following the AGM, and the Association also welcomed newly elected Director Gina Patrick. The new Board and executive positions for 2018 are:

  • Chris Orr – President, Technical Director
  • Trevor Voevodin – Vice President
  • Graham Harris – Finance Director
  • Bill Lea – Director
  • Rhondel Johannessen – Director
  • Alan Wilson – Director
  • Gina Patrick – Director
  • Hank Van Ravenstein – Director
  • Patrick Conway – Director

This year’s AGM saw the retirement from the Board of Graeme Thom (pictured) after 14 years of service. Mr Thom was recognised at the AGM for his extensive contribution to the Association’s Board of Directors and the broader fire protection industry.

In the recent Board election, the Association was pleased with four strong nominations for the two positions available. The election also received the highest ever level of voter engagement in the history of the Association.

The Board resolved that for all future elections, nominees’ share of votes will be announced in the interest of transparency. The vote results of this year’s Board elections were:

  • Chris Orr – 42.0%
  • Gina Patrick – 25.9%
  • Patrick Conway – 16.4%
  • Phil Joyce – 15.7%  
Unanimous vote for new Constitution and By Laws

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) members voted unanimously to adopt a new constitution and By Laws in a special resolution at the Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 9 November.

The new FPA Australia Constitution and By Laws replace the previous Memorandum and Articles of Association, and allows FPA Australia to fully comply with the requirements of the Corporations Act 2001 and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012.

The new Constitution and By Laws is also contemporary in nature, and reflects the evolving maturity of the Association and its significant growth as the peak body for the fire protection industry in Australia.

The special resolution to accept the new Constitution and By Laws was passed by a 100% affirmative vote, with the change effective immediately.

The new documents are available here.

New training course for testing water based fire systems

FPA Australia has launched a new training course titled ‘Fundamentals of Testing Water Based Fire Systems’.

The course is for anyone currently working in the fire protection industry who wants to develop the skills and knowledge to effectively carry out routine service of water based fire systems.

The first course will commence in February 2018 and enrolments are now available. Places are limited so act now to avoid missing out.

Fire Systems Design accreditation gaining momentum
Fire Systems Design

Applications for the Fire Systems Design class of FPAS accreditation have accelerated as fire protection practitioners in NSW look to demonstrate their competence under new requirements.

Several assessment sessions are scheduled before the end of the year for Fire Systems Design accreditation, which is intended to address NSW requirements for fire protection practitioners conducting design work in the state. FPA Australia anticipates the NSW Government will formally recognise FPAS in the near future.

Further assessment sessions will be held early in 2018, so begin your application now for the chance to start the New Year with new accreditation.

More than 250 on Interim Fire Safety Assessor Register

Since its launch at the start of October, more than 250 individuals have applied for listing on FPA Australia’s Interim Fire Safety Assessor Register. The amount of visits to the Register by customers searching for suitable fire safety practitioners has also escalated significantly, and it is currently one of the most-visited areas of the FPA Australia website.

The Register connects building owners and industry looking for assistance in preparing Annual or Supplementary Fire Safety Statements with FPA Australia Corporate members who currently do this work in NSW. It’s a response to the NSW reforms that require owners to satisfy themselves that practitioners conducting this work are competent.

Individuals listed on the Register have met FPA Australia’s minimum requirements for experience, insurance, professional conduct and commitment to future accreditation under the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS). Click below to apply for the Register or find practitioners near you.

Drafts out soon for refreshed Certificate II & III Inspect & Test
Australian Industry Skills Committee

Drafts of a redesigned Certificate II and Certificate III in Fire Protection Inspection and Testing will be released for public comment in December, following a review chaired by Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia).

The drafts will address a series of recommendations made by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) to improve the qualifications. Based on an earlier stakeholder review, the AISC identified a need to update several units of competency, better align the Certificates with current industry job roles, give the qualifications enough flexibility to fit different state and territory requirements and urban and regional delivery, and reinforce students’ understanding of the need for regulatory compliance.

A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) chaired by FPA Australia was established to implement those recommendations, and intends to release drafts of the proposed new qualifications next month for public comment, followed by consultations held around the country in early 2018.

Reminder: new NSW forms mandatory from 1 December
Fire Safety Certificate form

Under the NSW reforms, from 1 December building owners will be required to use new standard forms developed by the NSW Government to submit Annual or Supplementary Fire Safety Statements and Interim and Final Fire Safety Certificates.

As these come into use, FPA Australia reminds fire safety practitioners they are not required to sign these forms on behalf of owners or as an owner's agent (Section 6 or 7 for Fire Safety Certificates and Section 7 or 8 for Fire Safety Statements). This remains the responsibility of the owner or a managing agent appointed to act on their behalf.

These forms are available through our NSW Building Regulation and Certification Reforms landing page.

AS 2419.1:2017 published after nine years

Standards Australia’s longest project has now been completed with the recent publication of AS 2419.1:2017, Fire hydrant installations—System design, installation and commissioning.

This revision:

  • Restructures the document and adds informative appendices for ease of use and to clarify the intent of sections and clauses;
  • Includes new technologies and practices;
  • Acknowledges the life safety benefits of installed sprinkler systems; and
  • Adds a range of provisions for high-rise buildings. 

It is important to note that due to the nature of the standard and revision that a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) is required. Due to the time required to undertake this process, however, this is unable to be completed before the 1 May 2018 deadline for the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019. As such, for now AS 2419.1:2017 can only be used as part of a Performance Solution.

FPA Australia seeking fire detection & alarm specialist

FPA Australia currently has a position available for a full time fire detection and alarm specialist within our Education and Bushfire Services team.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience and expertise in fire detection and alarm systems and be passionate about advancing skills and knowledge in the fire protection industry.

The purpose of this role is to expand the Association’s training and education services through the development and delivery of a suite of educational products and services related to fire detection and alarm systems.

Learn more about the role and apply here.

Upcoming events

For the latest details and to register for events, click here.

NSW Golf Day

Sydney Wednesday, 29 November 2017  

Don't miss the chance to network with industry colleagues, clients and peers whilst enjoying a game of golf on the superb Riverside Oaks golf course, ranked as one of Australia’s top 100 golf courses. Tickets are still available with only one week to go. The NSW Golf Day is made possible by our sponsors:

Fire Australia 2018 Conference and Tradeshow

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 1-3 May 2018

Sponsorship opportunities and exhibition space will go on sale soon. To register your interest, email



Other industry events

Australian Cladding & Building Standards Summit

Novotel on Collins, Melbourne
7-8 December 2017

The Australian Cladding & Building Standards Summit will address issues around cladding in the wake of the Lacrosse and Grenfell fires. FPA Australia members are entitled to 15% off on tickets. Contact for more information.




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