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…

Building Product Compliance – Get Ready for Positive Changes

In recent times Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has advocated strongly for changes to building product compliance in Australia. High profile incidents such as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recall of Infinity Electrical Cable, which can become a…

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…

Product Compliance – the Confronting Reality

In November 2014 a fire raced up the side of a multi-storey apartment building in Melbourne’s Docklands. The fire, which was started by a discarded cigarette, was fuelled by cladding material that failed to meet the necessary standards for combustibility.…

Important Information on Smoke Alarms

If one piece of fire protection equipment is likely to save your life, it will be your residential smoke alarm. Accordingly, this simple device is a requirement of all new building stock under the Building Code of Australia, and this…

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…

FPA Australia Gold Coast Conference

The Fire Australia Conference 2015, held on Queensland’s Gold Coast March 25 and 26, has set a new benchmark for excellence. The Conference set new records in the history of the event, including most sponsors, most exhibitors, most delegates and,…

Revision to Australian Fire Protection Association’s Fire Systems Design accreditation

FPA Australia is advising all members of an important revision to our planned roll out of FPAS “Fire Systems Design” class of accreditation. This class of accreditation will launch with Trainee (transitional) and Experienced (transitional) pathways, with the Qualified Accreditation…

National Seminar Series – AS 2118.1 Public Comment Draft Forum & Free Information Session

FPA Australia is pleased to announce a national seminar series covering a broad range of topics in relation to automatic fire sprinkler systems in Australia, with particular focus on AS 2118.1. This half day seminar, which is scheduled to run…

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