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-New NSW headquarters
-Award nominations extended
-Import ban misses problem
-Experts examine compliance
-NSW reforms FAQ
-FPA Board nominations
-QLD cladding removal
-New FPAS accreditation
-Tough new QLD penalties
-Public comment for AS 3959-2017
-Cladding summit
-Upcoming events
 
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September 21, 2017
 

New NSW headquarters and state manager for FPA Australia
FPAA
Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) will establish a New South Wales state headquarters in Sydney's inner suburbs in October in response to the state's unprecedented growth in membership.

The state headquarters will be led by a new state manager, who will be responsible for overall operations of FPA Australia's activities in NSW.

"Our new NSW headquarters and state manager will have a significant focus on engagement with NSW members, government and other key stakeholders," said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.

"They will also help strengthen our accreditation frameworks, and support all the Association's activities to deliver better fire safety outcomes for the community."

New South Wales has the largest FPA Australia membership of any state and territory, and growth in recent years has been significant. The new state headquarters will help support those members and complement the Association's current training centre in Mascot, which opened in September last year.

The state manager position will be advertised shortly, and FPA Australia aims to fill the role in October. Further appointments for the NSW headquarters are expected to follow.

Beyond the expansion in NSW, FPA Australia is also working towards putting in place additional resources in Queensland in the near future. As another key growth state, the Association is currently exploring options to better serve Queensland members with a regional presence.

 
Nomination deadline extended for Fire Protection Industry Awards
FPAA
The nomination deadline for the Fire Protection Industry Awards has been extended to midnight on 3 October. The Awards are for the entire industry, both members and non-members, and we encourage everyone to nominate themselves or their colleagues for one of the six award categories.

Beyond the recognition of your professional achievements, the Awards are also an opportunity to gain exposure for your business. Finalists receive an exclusive logo to use in their marketing materials, coverage in FPA Australia communications and websites, and discounted tickets to the 9 November Gala Dinner in Melbourne.

Winners receive coverage in Fire Australia Magazine, Asia Pacific Fire Magazine, FPA Australia communications and press releases, a unique winner logo to use with your marketing, and free tickets to next year’s Gala Dinner.

The Award categories are:

  • Fire Protection Project of the Year - new in 2017 (two size categories)
  • Barry Lee Technical Excellence
  • Harry Marryatt Fire Protection Company of the Year (two size categories)
  • Young Achiever of the Year

Nominate now or email events@fpaa.com.au for more information.

 
Import ban misses heart of cladding problem
FPAA
Recommendations to ban imports of polyethylene core (PE) cladding products do not address the underlying cause of the risk from combustible cladding use on Australian buildings, FPA Australia believes.

In its interim report on aluminium composite cladding released on 6 September, the Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products made a series of recommendations aimed at improving compliance with Australia's building codes and standards, and reducing the future risk of combustible cladding use.

FPA Australia supports many of these wide-ranging recommendations, which offer potential to improve the fire safety of Australian buildings.

But the report also recommends a ban on the importation of PE cladding products, which FPA Australia does not support as an appropriate response to the problem.

"The problem is wider than a single building product. It comes down to people not complying to Australia's building codes and standards, and a PE cladding ban does not fix the problem of compliance," said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.

"The use of combustible cladding on high-rise buildings is already banned under the National Construction Code (NCC); we just need people to adhere to that code. Banning the product twice is unnecessary."

 

 
BMF appoints experts to examine building compliance and enforcement problems
FPAA
The Building Ministers' Forum (BMF) has announced the appointment of two experts to lead an examination into compliance and enforcement problems in the Australian construction sector.

Professor Peter Shergold AC and Bronwyn Weir will assess issues affecting the implementation of the National Construction Code (NCC).

"This is a very encouraging move to address the compliance and enforcement problems in the Australian building industry," said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.

 
FPA Australia launches NSW reforms FAQ

In the wake of the NSW Government’s announcements of major reforms to the state’s fire safety and building regulations last month, FPA Australia has prepared a set of Frequently Asked Questions that explain what the reforms are, and what fire protection professionals need to do as a result.

A key point of confusion for many is what will happen after the reforms come into force on 1 October, but before the NSW Government recognises an accreditation scheme for ‘competent fire safety practitioners’. The FAQ answers this question.

The NSW reforms are still evolving, and there are several key developments yet to come. The FAQ will be continually updated to reflect the latest information as it becomes available.

These reforms are possibly the most important change to the fire protection industry in decades, and FPA Australia is working closely with government and industry to ensure the reforms both improve fire safety outcomes and are practical for the industry.

Click here to read the NSW reforms FAQ.

 
Nominations open for FPA Australia Board of Directors

Nomination forms for the FPA Australia Board of Directors have been posted, and we encourage all eligible members to exercise their right to nominate. Members are able to nominate up to three candidates. 

Announcement of the successful board appointments will be made 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. At the AGM, two of the six elected Directors (Chris Orr and Graeme Thom) will retire and are eligible to nominate for re-election for another three-year term.

Completed nomination forms must be submitted by post and be received no later than 4pm on Friday 29 September 2017. For more information, contact julie.spencer@fpaa.com.au.

 
FPA Australia congratulates QLD on cladding removal example

The Queensland Government has set a strong example for the rest of the country with its announcement in early September it would strip and replace the cladding on Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The hospital's cladding was found to be combustible in recent testing commissioned by the state's Non-conforming Building Products Taskforce.

Its removal is a big but necessary job, according to FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams. "It sends a strong message. This is a huge task, but it can and should be done," said Mr Williams.

 

 
New FPAS accreditation classes announced

Three new classes of accreditation are in development for the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS), with expressions of interest for the new classes now open through FPA Australia. 

The new classes of accreditation are Fire Systems Installation, Fire Systems Maintenance and Fire Safety Assessor. 

Fire Safety Assessor is tailored to fit new NSW requirements for professionals preparing annual fire safety statements, but will also be applicable nationally. Under recently announced reforms, the NSW Government aims to recognise industry accreditation schemes that meet their requirements for competent fire safety practitioners. The Fire Safety Assessor class is intended to fill those requirements.

The Fire Systems Installation class of accreditation will cover the installation and commissioning of fire protection systems, while Fire Systems Maintenance will cover alteration, repair and rectification of these systems. Both accreditation classes will initially have two categories: fire sprinkler systems, and fire hydrant and hose reel systems. To be eligible for these two categories in either of the new classes of accreditation, applicants will require a Certificate III in Fire Protection or equivalent.

 
Tough penalties for non-conforming products in new QLD act

The Queensland Government has announced new legislation to increase accountability and disciplinary action for the supply and use of non-conforming building products.

A response to the concern about combustible cladding, the Queensland Government passed the Building and Construction Legislation (Non-Conforming Building Products ‒ Chain of Responsibility and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2017 on 24 August.

The new act will apply to individuals or corporations who are "persons in the chain of responsibility" for building products, including installers, designers, manufacturers, importers or suppliers. It has an important emphasis on senior executives deemed to be 'controlling minds' in the chain of responsibility.

It puts a duty on each stage of the building product supply chain to ensure that non-conforming building products are not used.

 
Public comment open for AS 3959-2017

Standards Australia has released the draft version of AS 3959-2017 Construction of buildings in bushfire prone areas for public comment. FPA Australia will be making a submission, and a survey will be made available soon for members to have input.

You can download the draft of AS 3959-2017 and submit comments here.

 
Australian Cladding & Building Standards Summit

In the wake of the 2014 Lacrosse Tower fire in Melbourne and more recently the tragic fire in London's Grenfell Tower, federal, state, and local governments, regulators and industry bodies throughout Australia are faced with the urgent need for audits and testing of existing buildings for non-conforming building products. There are a number of unanswered questions 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.

The Australian Cladding & Building Standards Summit will address these issues and more. To find out more about this landmark event for the building and construction industry click here.

The event will be held on 7-8 December at the Novotel on Collins, Melbourne. FPA Australia members are entitled to 15% off on tickets. Contact events@fpaa.com.au for more information.

 
Upcoming events

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

AS 2118.1:2017 Seminar

Adelaide Friday, 22 September 2017
Melbourne Monday, 2 October 2017
Brisbane Tuesday, 3 October 2017
Perth Thursday, 5 October 2017

This seminar will take a comprehensive look at the significant changes in the AS 2118.1:2017 revision and will be facilitated by members from Standards Australia committee FP-004. Sponsored by Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers and SimPRO.

South Australia STMG Member Forum

Adelaide Friday, 22 September 2017

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

AS 1670.1 & AS 1670.4 Technical Solutions Workshop

Sydney Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Join us for a highly informative technical workshop on the key topics and issues related to the implementation of AS 1670.1:2015 and AS 1670.4:2015. Facilitated by David Isaac and sponsored by Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers.

NSW Golf Day

Sydney Wednesday, 18 October 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 Protection Industry Awards 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. Nominations are open, tickets are on sale and sponsorship opportunities are available. Major sponsor: Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers. Award Sponsor: Wormald Australia.

FPA Australia AGM

Melbourne Thursday, 9 November 2017

Fire Australia 2018 Conference and Tradeshow

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 1-3 May 2018

Exhibition booths will go on sale soon. To register your interest, email events@fpaa.com.au.

 

 

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 events@fpaa.com.au for more information.

 Fire NZ Conference 2017

Auckland
11-13 October 2017

New Zealand's biggest fire protection trade show is back on in Auckland this October.

 

 

 
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