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28 June 2018
FPA Australia calls for taskforce to improve NCC implementation
Following release of the Shergold-Weir report in May into Australia’s compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry, Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is calling on the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) to establish a new taskforce to develop a national administrative code to harmonise building legislation.

The 24 recommendations made by the Shergold-Weir report set out a roadmap to improve future compliance and enforcement of the National Construction Code (NCC), with an ultimate outcome of improving the safety and quality of Australian buildings.

While FPA Australia was broadly supportive of these recommendations, the Association believes their success is critically reliant on nationally consistent implementation. The current fragmentation of administrative legislation between states and territories is a significant cause of confusion and complexity, leading to less compliance and reduced life safety of Australian buildings.

FPA Australia is therefore calling on the BMF to establish a new National Construction Code Implementation Taskforce (NCCIT), drawing together government and industry to manage the development of a model NCC Administrative Code to harmonise requirements and compliance with the NCC across all states and territories wherever possible.

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New Victorian Building Regulations 2018 in effect
Victoria’s new Building Regulations 2018 came into effect on 2 June, replacing the Building Regulations 2006 and the Building Interim Regulations 2017. The new legislation includes important changes to prescribed mandatory inspections, essential safety measures and more.

The new regulations were covered in more depth at this week’s FPA Australia Victorian member forum. The VBA has also made resources available on the new regulations.
Industry updates presented at member forums
Association members across the country have received updates on key issues facing the fire protection industry at the latest series of FPA Australia member forums.

The forums have already been held in Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne, with Adelaide being held on 3 July.

Hundreds of members have attended the forums, which covered state and national issues, updates on Association activities, and included an open forum for members to discuss and give feedback.
Provider of Choice featured in Facility Perspectives Magazine
FPA Australia continues to connect with building owners and managers, and the Association's Provider of Choice tool was recently featured in Facility Perspectives, the flagship magazine of the Facility Management Association of Australia.

Provider of Choice lists FPA Australia Corporate members, with details of their FPAS accreditation status and the products and services they provide. It's increasingly becoming an important resource for clients across the building and construction sector to find high quality fire protection service providers.

Read the Facility Perspectives article here.
Performance-based solutions with ABCB's Neil Savery
FPA Australia spoke with Neil Savery, CEO of the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), about the role of performance solutions in meeting the National Construction Code's (NCC) Performance Requirements for fire protection. You can watch our interview with him below.
 

Routine service and AS 1851 with Glenn Talbot
FPA Australia is running a seminar series around the country in June-July on AS 1851, the Australian Standard covering routine service of fire protection systems and equipment.

The seminars have focused specifically on Section 1 of the Standard, which outlines the ‘overarching requirements’ that are important to understand before undertaking any maintenance of fire protection equipment or systems.

We spoke about the importance of AS 1851 Section 1 with seminar presenter Glenn Talbot, Managing Director of Verified and Chair of Australian Standards committee FP-001.



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RE: Qualification requirements for testing Fire detection & alarm systems
Posted in: Fire Protection Systems & Equipment
Hi Raj, There is a nationally recognised unit of competency that covers the routine service of fire detection and alarm systems and emergency warning and intercommunication systems from monthly activities...

Reconstructing the Waroona fire pyrocumulonimbus and ember storms
Posted in: Bushfire
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC have released a Hazard Note on the Waroona Fire in Western Australia. The Waroona bushfire in Western Australia burnt 69,000 ha in January 2016, destroying more than...

RE: Smoke detection in concealed spaces
Posted in: Building Fire Safety
Hi Shane, Is smoke detection required in a concealed space requiring protection if the space is fitted with sprinklers ? In response to your original question, I do not think there is any clause...

Smoke detection in car park circulation spaces / unwanted alarms
Posted in: Fire Protection Systems & Equipment
Hi all, I am a fire engineer receiving an increasing number of queries from dry fire designers about smoke detection in car parks. Specifically, suggestions on how a system can be designed to comply with...

NSW releases containment netting safety alert
SafeWork NSW has released a new safety alert on the fire hazards of containment netting, following a fire at a construction site in Sydney on 31 May when containment netting attached to scaffolding ignited.

The fire was the third incident this year where containment netting has caught fire at a construction or demolition site.

The safety alert outlines the duties of suppliers and principal contractors to manage the fire risks associated with containment netting, in the absence of a relevant Australian Standard.
 
Read the safety alert here.
Smoke alarm reminder for WA property owners
Only half of all homes in Western Australia that experienced accidental fires last year were protected by a working smoke alarm, according to the WA Government.

The state has launched a renewed push to remind homeowners to check their smoke alarms are in working order and less than 10 years old.

In particular, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has reminded residential property owners that they are legally required to ensure a dwelling has compliant smoke alarms before selling, transferring ownership or renting it.

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Rob Llewellyn receives Malaysian award
Honorary Life Member, past president and long-time member of FPA Australia Rob Llewellyn was presented earlier this year with one of Malaysia’s highest awards for fire protection, the Malaysian Pingat Kebesaran Tertiniggi Jabatan Bomba Dan Penyelamat (PKPB) medal.

The award was presented by the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (known as Bomba) at the International Fire Conference and Exhibition, held in Kuala Lumpur in March. The award was in recognition of Mr Llewellyn’s contribution to fire protection in the Asia Pacific, particularly through his role as the Chair of the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations – Asia, of which FPA Australia is a member.

FPA Australia congratulates Mr Llewellyn for the award, and thanks him for his continuing service to the fire protection industry.
Awards recognise distinguished fire service members
Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) wishes to congratulate the 29 recipients of the Australian Fire Service Medal, listed below, who were presented with the award as part of the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List.

The Australian Fire Service Medal recognises distinguished service by members of the country’s fire services, both paid and volunteer.

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Funding grants for women’s leadership development
Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s construction sector. The initiative is providing women working in the sector with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria being met.

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to September 7, 2018: www.wla.edu.au/funding.
 
Special offer on ACIF Construction Market Forecasts
FPA Australia members are eligible for an exclusive 25% discount on Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) Forecasts. Simply use FPAA discount code [ACIF0518-NFIA] on checkout when you visit the ACIF website.

ACIF is a forum of the construction sector's peak industry bodies, including FPA Australia, and the organisation’s forecasts are a key resource for construction industry market trends.

The 2018 Australian Construction Market Report, released last month, includes analysis and forecasts of building and construction activity nationally and by state or territory over a rolling 10-year period.
 
Careers
FPA Australia currently has a number of positions open:

Bushfire Services Coordinator
A position for a full time Bushfire Services Coordinator has arisen at our Blackburn North national office. Reporting to the General Manager Education and Bushfire Services, the purpose of this role is to support and coordinate the delivery of the Association's bushfire related products and services. Learn more.

Accreditation/Licensing Administrator
We are looking for a full time Accreditation/Licensing Administrator at our Blackburn North national office. Reporting to the Accreditation/Licensing Team Leader, the purpose of this role is to provide a full-time dedicated resource to support FPA Australia's Accreditation/Licensing team. Learn more.
 
Australian Standards update
Here's what's happening with fire protection standards at Standards Australia at the moment:
  • Publication of the AS 1670.1, AS 1670.3 and AS 1670.4 revisions has been approved but delayed to December 2018 to allow time for adoption of updated direct text adoptions of ISO standards and other referenced standards.
  • The revision of AS 4428.6 and Amendment 2 to AS 3786 are awaiting publication.
  • Work continues on revisions of AS 1603.11 and AS 1603.17.
  • New project approved for revision of AS 4428.16 (Emergency warning and control and indicating equipment).
  • Work continues on Amendment 2 to AS 2118.1:2017 with the next meeting scheduled for early August.
  • New project approved for revision of AS 2118.2-2010 (Drencher systems) and HB 147 (Sprinklers simplified)
  • Combined procedure (public comment and committee ballot) for AS 2304 (tanks) closes 19 June.
  • Amendment 2 to AS 3745 is awaiting confirmation for publication.
  • Combined procedures for AS 5113 Amdt 1, AS 1530.8.1 and AS 1530.8.2 have closed and the public comment resolution meetings are scheduled for late June.
  • AS 3959 received several negative votes at committee ballot which are still being resolved.
Further information on newly approved and current projects can be found on the Standards Australia website here.
 
Upcoming events
For the latest details and to register for events, click here.

Member forums

Regular update for FPA Australia members, covering industry issues and Association activities.

Melbourne, 28 June 2018
Adelaide, 3 July 2018



AS 1851 seminars


Learn about Section 1 of AS 1851 - Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment.


Melbourne, 28 June 2018 - fully booked
Adelaide, 3 July 2018



Future of Firefighting Foams seminars


Back by popular demand, this seminar series looks at the future in a changing regulatory landscape for fluorinated firefighting foams
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Sydney, 31 July 2018
Melbourne, 1 August 2018
Perth, 7 August 2018



HAZMAT Conference
 
The HAZMAT conference will run in conjunction with AIDGC, on 20-21 September 2018, held at the Park Royal (Darling Harbour) Hotel in Sydney.
 
More details coming soon!

 
Fire Protection Industry Awards Gala 2018
 
The Fire Protection Industry Awards Gala Dinner will be held on 9 November, 2018 and will be held at the Shangri la Hotel in Sydney.
 
More details on nomination process coming soon!
Other industry events
FireNZ 2018 

FireNZ 2018 has opened a call for speakers at the upcoming conference. The theme of this year's conference is 'evolution of fire; reflecting on the past, looking to the future'.

To submit your abstract, contact fpanz@fireprotection.org.nz.

Mt Maunganui, NZ – 26-28 September 2018