AFAC contributing to International Standards on behalf of the sector

AFAC, the National Council for fire and emergency services in Australia and New Zealand is a lead contributor to the development and revision of Australia/New Zealand Standards. The National Council has representation on over 55 Australian/New Zealand, International Organization for…

Rebuilding with standards

This time last year, Australia was reeling from the ongoing bushfires, which saw communities band together to support affected individuals and wildlife. The resilience shown by Australians over the summer bushfire season and subsequent global pandemic was inspiring. Throughout the…

Introduction to BS60080:2020 guidance on the placement of detection devices

One of the most challenging issues in Fire and Gas (F&G) detection is deciding: ‘How many detectors do I need, and where do I put them?’ A fair question where traditional detection codes are simply not applicable. Placing heat detectors…

Fire protection and detection

Since the summer bushfires of 2020, industry has been working to understand how to help mitigate further disasters and protect Australian infrastructure as best as possible. Providing guidance that assists in the safe construction of our built environment is at…

Fighting on

The end of last year and beginning of this year tested the resilience of the Australian people and particularly that of our firefighters, who worked around the clock for many months to protect and save numerous communities and lives. Unfortunately,…

The resilience to rebuild

The year started for many Australians in an unimaginable and devastating way; the bushfire crisis touched every state, community and individual both directly and indirectly. However, the resilience and support of the Australian people has been both touching and inspiring.…

Continued commitment to the fire protection industry

The fire sector remains a key area of operation for Standards Australia, with the publications in this industry aimed at ensuring professionals are equipped to do their job with confidence. The work of Standards Australia and our contributors from the…

Fire testing of cables is important, but not at the expense of other performance characteristics

Construction projects in Asia are rapidly on the rise, as there is significant commercial investment in the region. As development increases, care should be taken to ensure that effective product testing is undertaken, especially in relation to cable products. As…

Standards hot off the press

Responding to fires is always a heated debate among industry experts, but there is little argument that early detection is vitally important. This segment of fire prevention is where Standards Australia has been most active with a number of recent…

NCC 2019 draft includes Association proposals

The new National Construction Code draft includes several important changes to fire safety, including residential sprinkler systems proposed by FPA Australia. The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) released the Public Comment Draft of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 for…

Thai Pyrogen deaths a grim reminder

The tragic deaths of eight people following the accidental triggering of a Pyrogen extinguishing system in a Thai bank in March 2016 should not happen in Australia as long as the necessary standards are used. Pyrogen systems have been sold…

Standards for Fire Services and the emergency management community

Standards Australia is the nation’s peak non-government, not-for-profit organisation for developing standards in Australia. Our standards are voluntary documents which do not become mandatory unless they are referenced in regulation or legislation. Net Benefit is a key element of Australian…

What’s new in the world of standards?

Standards Australia develops and adopts voluntary standards for use in Australia. We do this to support the needs of industry, government and the wider community and help make Australia more efficient, productive and safe. In the fire protection and firefighting…

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