Interim Fire Safety Assessor Register
The FPA Australia Interim Fire Safety Assessor 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, and meet minimum thresholds regarding experience, insurance, professional conduct and commitment to transition to accreditation in future.
In July 2017 the NSW Government announced a series of building regulatory reforms, largely with respect to fire safety, which came into effect on 1 October 2017. You can learn more at our NSW reforms FAQ. The new Regulations 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. Between 1 October and the NSW Government’s recognition of an appropriate accreditation scheme for CFSPs, building owners are required to satisfy themselves and state that the fire protection practitioners they engage are competent.
In February 2019 the NSW Government approved both the Fire Safety Assessment (FSA) and Fire Systems Design (FSD) classes of FPAS accreditation under the state's 2017 fire safety reforms, meaning that individuals holding either FSA or FSD accreditation will be recognised as 'competent fire safety practitioners' (CFSPs) under the reforms. Recognition of the two classes will be formalised after a phase-in period of approximately 12 months, after which relevant fire protection work in NSW will be required to be undertaken by a CFSP accredited by FPAS or other future approved schemes.
Until that time, FPA Australia recommends that building owners in NSW use the growing list of individuals with FSA accreditation, or individuals listed on this Interim Register to assess essential fire safety measure performance for the purpose of Annual or Supplementary Fire Safety Statements. We also recommend that building owners satisfy themselves of the knowledge, skills and qualifications of a prospective CSFP prior to appointing them. Use can be made of NSW Department of Planning and Environment's Guideline for building owners, available here.
Companies and individual practitioners listed on the Register have demonstrated/declared to FPA Australia that:
- The individual listed is employed by an FPA Australia Corporate member and has a minimum of three years’ experience in undertaking inspections/assessments for the purpose of completing Annual and Supplementary Fire Safety Statements in NSW;
- The individual listed is covered by Public and Product Liability Insurance ($10m minimum) and Professional Indemnity Insurance ($2m minimum);
- They have read and agreed to abide by the FPA Australia Code of Practice for companies, and Code of Professional Conduct for individuals;
- They have committed to undertake all assessment of essential fire safety measures in accordance with the relevant regulations, Codes and Australian Standards;
- They hold or have access to current and historical Standards and Codes for the essential fire safety measures that they assess; and
- That they are committed to applying for accreditation in the FPAS Fire Safety Assessment class of accreditation within 90 days of it becoming available.
Note that inclusion on the Register is not evidence of an individual’s competency or equivalent to accreditation. The Register is intended purely as an interim information tool to provide building owners with a central listing of individuals who have demonstrated they meet the above requirements. Building owners should take any steps they consider necessary to ensure they are satisfied that any individuals selected from the Register are competent. FPA Australia does not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information provided, nor do they accept either directly or indirectly any liabilities, losses and damages arising from the use and application of this information.
Note: FPA Australia Interim Register has now closed to new applications following the launch of the Fire Safety Assessment class of accreditation.
The "FSA application" field: Many individuals on the NSW Interim Fire Safety Assessor Register are currently in the process of gaining the recently-launched Fire Safety Assessment (FSA) class of FPAS accreditation, which will eventually replace this Interim Register. Individuals’ FSA accreditation status is shown in the ‘FSA application’ column below.
‘Submitted’ refers to individuals who have submitted their FSA application, and are currently undertaking the seminars and assessments required to gain accreditation.
‘Accredited’ refers to individuals who have successfully gained FSA accreditation.
A 'blank' fields refers to those who have not yet submitted an application for FSA accreditation.