Representative politics

As governments push for greater reform, the fire protection industry needs to engage more closely with state departments to deliver a better, safer community.  Five-time former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Tip O’Neill Jr is famously reported…

Insights we gained from Fire Australia 2021

After a brief hiatus due to the year that was, Fire Australia 2021 came back bigger and better achieving the highest attendance number on record. Such an incredible turnout reiterates to me just how important our industry values face time…

Developing and diversifying the fire protection industry

The fire protection sector needs to encourage more young people, particularly women, into the industry if it is going to flourish. Like most industries, the fire protection sector is aging. Those practitioners who made their way through the golden age…

Residential sprinklers are the new standard

Australia’s population is growing, adding around 400,000 people per year to our suburbs and towns. This has led to a shift in the construction of residential buildings away from stand-alone dwellings on the traditional quarter-acre block to medium- and high-density…

The opportunity of reform

Industry involvement in fire-safety reforms will undoubtedly deliver better results for all. Fire-sector reform is definitely popular at the moment, with an increasing focus on regulatory improvement, greater compliance and accountability. Following high-profile incidents such as the cladding-related fires in…

Fire safety should be about value, not compliance

Recently, a fire-safety assessor reported that he had come to an impasse. A building under his care needed a five-year pressure test, but the testing company wouldn’t do it without being indemnified, in case the system blew out. The client’s…

Taking hold of fire protection’s future

On 6 April, fire-safety assessment changed. From that date, any practitioner who assesses and endorses measures on an annual fire-safety statement in New South Wales must hold accreditation as a Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) Fire Safety Assessor (FSA). Likewise,…

Fire Protection Association year in review

This year has been one of much change, but strong accomplishments. Much of the year has been dominated by the expanding issues around poor building compliance and quality in Australia, which has added energy to the reforms set rolling with…

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.…

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…

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…

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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