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Register for Fire Australia 2018 before 13 April to go into prize draw
There’s a lot to get excited about at this year’s Fire Australia 2018 Conference & Tradeshow, 1-3 May at the Brisbane Exhibition and Conference Centre, and now there are three more reasons why you should register early.

All you have to do is register for a full conference ticket before 13 April and you will go in the draw to win one of three prizes:

First: Flight Centre voucher worth $1,000
Second: Red Balloon voucher worth $250

Third: Google Home worth $199

Register now! Don't miss out.

Keynote speakers

The Fire Australia 2018 conference program has just been released! Featuring a high-calibre line-up of international and local industry experts, this is a conference you will not want to miss.

Kathleen Almand, Vice President – Research, Data and Analytics (NFPA) will be speaking about NFPA’s newly-released risk assessment tool EFFECT: Evaluating fire risk in high rise buildings with combustible façade systems.

Al Ramirez – Regional Manager of Codes & Advisory Services (UL) will be talking about international trends in fire safety.

Rosemary Killip – Director & Learning Facilitator (Building Networks) will be sharing her practical insights into building compliance with her presentation On Shaky Grounds.

Neil Savery – Chief Executive Officer (Australian Building Codes Board - ABCB) will be covering the implementation of the National Construction Code.

Kim Lovegrove – Senior Lawyer (Lovegrove & Cotton Lawyers) will be speaking about how to bring building control into the 21st Century.

Dedicated event for HAZMAT 2018
The HAZMAT 2018 Conference and Trade Show will once again become a standalone event specifically targeting the hazardous materials, dangerous goods, major hazard facility and emergency management industries.

The standalone event will be held in September in Sydney, NSW, with a full conference program and trade show running across two days.

Event organisers Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) will partner with the Australasian Institute of Dangerous Goods Consultants (AIDGC) on HAZMAT 2018, which will combine with the AIDGC Annual Conference.

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Government rejects call to ban PE cladding import & use
The Australian Government has rejected a recommendation to ban the importation, sale and use of combustible cladding made by the Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products, determining such a ban would be neither effective nor practical.

The recommendation was one of eight made by an interim report on aluminium composite cladding released in September 2017 by the Senate Economics References Committee’s inquiry. The report’s recommendations aimed to address the fire risk posed by the non-compliant use of polyethylene core aluminium composite panels (PE-ACPs).

Difficulty in identification of PE-ACPs, legitimate uses of the material, domestic manufacturing, international trade obligations and costs to industry would make a total ban on PE-ACPs ineffective and impractical, the Government response determined.

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ACMA releases cabling compliance report
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) conducted a survey last year of registered cablers to understand compliance issues in the customer cabling area. As a result, the ACMA has released its final report, Priority Compliance Area 2016–17—Customer cabling, with its findings on compliance issues found through audits conducted.

The ACMA made customer cabling a priority compliance area (PCA) in response to industry concerns about cabling practices. The results of the PCA will be used to shape the ACMA’s compliance role, including the possibility that a different regulatory approach could be taken in the future.

Approximately a third of non-compliance was the result of unregistered cabling, and the report notes several differences between fire and security cabling and the broader sector.

The introduction of the Cabling Provider Rules (CPRs) has changed the obligations for technicians undertaking cabling work on fire protection, security and data/computer systems.

It is a legal requirement under the ACMA that technicians must register in order to undertake cabling work. FPA Australia is a Cabling Registrar. Click here for more information.

Read the report here.
Migration of monitored fire alarms
As the rollout of the National Broadband Network continues, we encourage anyone involved with the migration of monitored fire alarms to digital service to read the Migration of Monitored Fire Alarms and Lift Phone Services Good Practice Guide.

The Guide was developed by Fire Protection Association Australia with the Federal Department of Communications and Arts, and provides the steps that need to be taken and by whom to migrate old monitored alarm systems to the digital network.

The Good Practice Guide is available here.
NCC 2019 regulation impact statement consultation

To determine the likely costs and benefits of changes included in the National Construction Code 2019, which was released as a draft for public comment recently, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has undertaken regulation impact analysis. The ABCB is now looking for feedback on Consultation Regulation Impact Statements:

  • Accessible adult change facilities in public buildings;
  • Fire safety in Class 2 and Class 3 residential buildings;
  • Heating and cooling load limits for residential buildings; and
  • Energy efficiency in commercial buildings.
You can read the statements and give feedback at the ABCB website here.
New NSW EP&A Act commences

Updates to the New South Wales Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 came into effect on 1 March 2018. The NSW Government has prepared several resources for certifiers relating to the changes:

Australian Standards update
Here's what's happening with fire protection standards at Standards Australia at the moment:
  • Public comment on the revisions of AS 1670.1, AS 1670.3 and AS 1670.4 has been reviewed and they are being prepared for ballot.
  • Public comment on the revision of AS 4428.6 has also been reviewed.
  • Work has begun on revisions of AS 1603.11 and AS 1603.17.
  • The project to amend AS 2118.1 is expected to kick-off in April.
  • AS 2304 is to go to combined procedure (public comment and committee ballot) due to changes from public comment resolution.
  • AS 4214 should be published soon.
  • AS 1530.8.1 and AS 1530.8.2 are expected to go to combined procedure due to technical changes from public comment resolution.
  • Public comment on the draft revision of AS 3959 has been reviewed.
  • Combined procedure on AS/NZS 2293.1 and AS/NZS 2293.3 has closed.
  • AS/NZS 2293.2 is being prepared for combined procedure.
Upcoming events
For the latest details and to register for events, click here.

Fire Australia 2018 Conference and Tradeshow

Sponsorship and exhibition space are still available. Visit to apply. Get in quick before the early bird rate expires on 6 April.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane – 1-3 May 2018
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

Mt Maunganui, NZ – 26-28 September 2018