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-NSW reforms resources
-Award finalists announced
-FPA Australia Board elections
-FPA Australia Board elections
-Brendan Scully joins FPA Australia
-Passive fire innovation
-World Standards Day
-Cladding summit
-AS 3745-2010 public comment
-AS 3959 public comment
-NCC 2019 seminars
-Upcoming events
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October 23, 2017

New resources for NSW reforms
NSW reforms resources

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has launched a new landing page for the recent New South Wales building reforms. The web page brings together all currently available information and resources on the reforms, including NSW Government guidelines and fact sheets, the FPA Australia NSW reforms FAQ and the Interim Fire Safety Assessor Register.

The page also has links to new standard forms developed by the NSW Government to submit Annual/Supplementary Fire Safety Statements, and Interim/Final Fire Safety Certificates. It will be mandatory for Fire Safety Statements and Certificates to be submitted using these forms from 1 December 2017. The page identifies key information and resources for building owners, building certifiers and fire safety practitioners. 

The Interim Fire Safety Assessor is an important development for all three groups. FPA Australia launched this new register of fire protection practitioners to connect 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.

The reforms require some types of fire protection work in NSW to be conducted by a 'competent fire safety practitioner' (CFSP), in particular the assessment of essential fire safety measure performance for the purposes of Annual and Supplementary Fire Safety Statements.

Prior to an accreditation scheme for CFSPs being recognised by the NSW Government, building owners are required to satisfy themselves that practitioners conducting this work are competent. You can read more about the reforms at FPA Australia's NSW reforms FAQ.

The Register lists practitioners that currently conduct this work, and 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 here for the NSW reforms landing page, or visit the Interim Fire Safety Assessor Register.

Finalists announced for Fire Protection Industry Awards 2017

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is delighted to announce the finalists for the Fire Protection Industry Awards 2017. This year’s 15 finalists across five judged categories were selected against criteria including innovation, technical excellence and contribution to the industry, among others.

“We congratulate the finalists not only for their leadership in setting extremely high standards for the industry, but also for the important role they play in improving fire safety for the whole community,” said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams. 

“Particularly pleasing was the enormous number of nominations for Young Achiever of the Year, which is an encouraging sign of the bright future of our industry.”

Young Achiever of the Year

  • Firas Shawash - Exova Warringtonfire Pty Ltd
  • Jayden Snashall - Australian Safety Engineers
  • Elmo Pavish - Grosvenor Engineering Group

Barry Lee Technical Excellence

  • Brett Staines - Staines Investments
  • Rodney Rolfe - Wormald
  • David Sharp - TFPP (JCI)

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

  • Australian Fire Industries
  • Plus Passive Fire
  • Bushfire Prone Planning

Harry Marryatt Fire Protection Company of the Year 50+ Employees

  • DEM Fire & Essential Services Group
  • Chubb Fire and Security

Fire Protection Project of the Year

  • Bushfire Prone Planning
  • Firewize
  • Multiplex Constructions

FPA Australia would like to thank the independent judging panel for their time and dedication to the Awards. The overall quality of the nominations has been of a very high standard, and consequently provided a real challenge for the judging panel in determining the finalists and ultimately establishing winners. 

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 last year had two staff make it through as Award Finalists; David Burgess and Rodney Rolfe.

Welcome Partner the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) is the only nationally harmonised accreditation system designed to recognise the skills and competencies of individuals working in the fire protection industry.

Winners will be announced at the 2017 Fire Protection Industry Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday 9 November 2017 at the beautiful Metropolis in Melbourne’s Southbank. We invite you to come along to celebrate excellence in the industry and show your support towards these outstanding individuals and companies as they vie for the industry’s ultimate recognition.

Secure your tickets here. For more information, visit, phone 03 8892 3184 or email


FPA Australia Board election ballots posted

Ballots have now closed for the upcoming FPA Australia Board of Directors elections. Votes are now being counted for the two available Board positions, and the election results will be announced at the FPA Australia Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 9 November at Mantra Southbank, Arabesque 1 Room, 31 City Road, Southbank, Melbourne at 1.00pm.

"It was pleasing to see four high-quality nominations this year," said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams. "It is encouraging to see both new individuals and those who have previously served wanting to commit themselves to improving the fire protection industry, and supporting the vision of the Association."

One month to NSW Golf Day

The NSW Golf Day is only a month away on 29 November, but there's still time to book tickets. The event will be held at the beautiful Riverside Oaks Golf Resort in Sydney.

Riverside Oaks is Sydney’s only 36-hole golf resort with two championship golf courses. After an 18-hole game, attendees will be served a gourmet BBQ lunch overlooking the course, and see who won the five awards given out for the day.

Last year’s Golf Day attracted over 60 people from the fire protection industry. It’s a great opportunity to network with clients and colleagues, and there is a range of sponsorship opportunities available for organisations that would like to support the industry, work on their swing and increase their profile at the same time.

We'd like to thank event sponsors Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers (Hole in One), FireSense (Best Team Net Score) and Fire Prevention Technologies (Nearest to the Pin).

Brendan Scully joins FPA Australia
Brendan Scully

FPA Australia is pleased to announce Brendan Scully has joined the Association’s technical department. Brendan brings to the team 23 years of experience in the fire and construction industry across Australia and the UK, as well as qualifications in engineering and building design.

“Brendan has experience across the breadth of the fire protection industry, but brings to the Association a particular expertise in special hazards,” said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams. “His experience developing tenders and submissions is also a valuable complement to the Association’s work.”

Thinking inside the box for passive fire protection
Boss Fyrebox

The importance of passive fire protection measures was highlighted by the Grenfell fire earlier this year, and gaps around service installations is often a particular problem in larger developments with multiple subcontractors. 

The need to ensure compliance of passive fire protection installation has led to a world-first development in a new apartment complex in Melbourne. In December, developer Multiplex will start installing the new Fyrebox system from Boss Fire & Safety across the building. The box is installed in a wall, and features brushes that create a form-fitting fire-resistant seal around bundles of services if a fire breaks out. Service conduits are simply pushed through the brushes, significantly reducing labour requirements and avoiding the possibility of gaps after services are modified. 

The Multiplex development is the first large-scale use of this technology, which was developed in Australia. 

The Boss Fyrebox is a finalist in this year’s Fire Protection Industry Awards. To find out more about the Awards and book your tickets, click here.

World Standards Day celebrates smart cities
World Standards Day poster

Members of the IEC, ISO and ITU organisations celebrated World Standards Day on 14 October, acknowledging the work of thousands of experts worldwide to develop standards internationally.

This year the initiative celebrated ‘smart cities’; urban environments that use data and technology to improve safety, liveability and resource use. International standards that allow global innovations to be used wherever they’re needed are a key enabler of those goals.

Fire protection is, of course, a part of that, and a number of FPA Australia’s staff are heavily involved in development of standards that improve fire safety in Australia and aligns us with international best practice.

Australian Cladding & Building Standards Summit

Don’t miss FPA Australia’s CEO Scott Williams at the upcoming Australian Cladding & Building Standards Summit on 7-8 December 2017 in Melbourne. FPA Australia members are entitled to an 15% off on ticket prices. Contact to get your discount code.

The Summit will address issues around the need for new safety standards, a new system for compliance regulation and uncertainties around who pays for the replacement of non-conforming building products. To find out more about this landmark event for the building and construction industry click here.

Draft Amendment 2 to AS 3745-2010 now out for public comment

This brief draft amendment further refines the requirements around evacuation diagrams and clarifies some definitions and evacuation options.

View the Standards Australia website here to view and comment on the draft amendment.

Public comment closes Thursday 9 November.

AS 3959 2017 draft out for public comment

Australian Standard 3959-2009 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas sets out a risk assessment process and construction requirements when building certain classes of buildings in bushfire-prone areas across Australia. Standards Australia has recently released a draft 2017 version of this standard for public comment and those with an interest in bushfire are encouraged to take a look and make a submission.

FPA Australia is also calling for comments and submissions through a quick survey. All comments received will be reviewed on Tuesday 31 October by Technical Advisory Committee 20 – Bushfire Safety to help inform FPA Australia’s submission to Standards Australia.

ABCB announces NCC 2019 seminars

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has announced a series of seminars running early next year covering National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 developments.

The seminars will look at NCC 2016 Volume One Amendment 1, which relates to fire safety requirements, as well as the NCC 2019 public comment draft. They will also cover the improved CodeMark Australia scheme, and a practical development and assessment of Performance Solutions.

Seminars will be run in all capital cities during February and March 2018. More information is available here.

Upcoming events

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


FPA Australia Annual General Meeting

Melbourne Thursday, 9 November 2017

FPA Australia encourages all available members to attend this important event and be part of the ongoing direction of your Association.

Fire Protection Industry Awards 2017 Gala Dinner

Melbourne Thursday, 9 November 2017

Join us in recognising and awarding businesses and individuals leading the professional standard of commitment, excellence and contribution in the fire protection industry.

Queensland STMG Member Forum

Brisbane Thursday, 16 November 2017

A member update on how your Association is engaging and influencing key stakeholders to improve outcomes across the fire protection industry.

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 now on sale, and sponsorship opportunities are available.

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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