Scott Williams
Scott Williams
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FPA Australia CEO

Agreement signed on new fire protection training academy

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is pleased to announce a collaboration with Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) on a new state-of-the-art training centre for the fire protection industry in Sydney, opening its doors in the second half of 2019.…

New sprinkler requirement a rare step change in safety

Improvements in fire protection are typically a matter of incremental progression. Large step-changes are rare. In the last 50 years, the only such step-change commonly referred to in Australia is the 1995 introduction of legislation requiring smoke alarms in residential…

Owners on the hook

Building owners have become unfairly responsible for the cost of a cladding problem they had no hand in creating. As the work to identify, prioritise and rectify buildings with combustible cladding steadily progresses across Australia, a consistent and unfortunate trend…

A realistic roadmap

In the 24 recommendations of the recently-released Shergold-Weir report can be seen an achievable roadmap to address the shortcomings of Australia’s compliance and enforcement systems. In May a long-awaited report on the compliance and enforcement systems for fire protection in…

Evidence-based regulation

Australia’s fire protection regulatory environment is currently going through a period of significant evolution, driven by the Lacrosse and Grenfell fires and the shortcomings in enforcement and compliance they exposed. In the rush to address these problems, it is important…

The three pillars of fire protection

People, products and enforcement: these are the three pillars we need to get right to ensure an effective fire protection industry. Recent media coverage of fire protection in Australia has been dominated by discussion of products that don’t conform to…

Sharing experiences is also a chance to share solutions

It is very rewarding to host a major conference such as the recent Fire Australia Conference and Tradeshow held in Sydney, Australia but even more rewarding when it was so well attended with a record numbers of attendees and the…

Fire Australia Conference – Protecting our most vulnerable

The recent Fire Australia Conference provided an excellent opportunity for the fire protection industry to hear from expert speakers on a range of topics. Many of the papers that were presented complemented others, and as I’ve said before, sharing knowledge…

Good governance not always the most comfortable road

As with any peak body, Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) which is Australia’s peak body for the fire protection industry, takes the issue of governance extremely seriously. Other Asia Pacific organisations we have been in touch with, also regard…

Sharing knowledge helps create excellence

The Fire Protection industry is growing in importance and stature in most parts of the world in step with growing urban development and a general acknowledgement that it is too important to be anything less than of the highest standard.…

Building an industry to be proud of

Whether it’s through our training and accreditation programs, recognising excellence, contribution and commitment at our Gala Awards, or our ongoing advocacy for improved regulation, codes and standards, Fire Protection Association Australia is committed to building a better industry. It’s a…

Non-compliance – why near enough must never be good enough

In May of this year a raft of new buildings found to have non-compliant, potentially combustible external cladding were added to the Victorian Building Authority’s list as part of its ongoing audit in and around the Melbourne CBD. In many…

Delivering on our 2020 vision – simplifying accreditation

FPA Australia has a simple goal for the fire protection industry: that all individuals will be ‘fit-for-action’ (which means trained, competent and accredited) by2020. We are committed to making this goal a reality and have listened to feedback from our…

After Years of Complacency, Reform has Arrived

Times certainly have changed. It wasn’t so long ago the notion that governments would take up issues of non-compliant building products would have been laughable. And yet today we have multiple government inquiries into just that issue. Outcomes of these…

The Tipping Point – Positive Changes Necessary to Restore Confidence

In The Prince Machiavelli wrote: “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things”. Never has…

Building Product Compliance – how Big is the Problem?

That is the alarming issue confronting the building and construction industry in Australia today. The recent high-profile case regarding non-compliant aluminium cladding which helped to fuel a dangerous apartment fire in Melbourne’s Docklands in November 2014, has shone the spotlight…

Advocacy in Overdrive – The Work of FPA Australia

As the peak body for fire protection in Australia, Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) takes its mandate to advocate best practice fire protection outcomes for the community seriously. Since 2012 we have expanded our capability significantly to make strong…

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