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What is FPA Australia


FPA Australia is the country's major technical and educational fire safety organisation.


FPA Australia was formed on 1 January 1997 when two former associations - Fire Protection Industry Association Australia (established in 1926) and the Australian Fire Protection Association (established in 1960) agreed to amalgamate and form one representative body to be the voice of fire protection in Australia.


FPA Australia plays a pivotal role in providing authoritative advice and information on all aspects of fire safety and emergency management through a range of services to industry and the community. FPA Australia is a not-for-profit association governed by a Board of Directors, run by a permanent staff in its Melbourne-based National Office.


 To learn more you can download our Association Profile here.


Our Vision: 


Leading and supporting a professional industry to minimise the impact of fire on life, property and the environment, for a safer community.


Our Mission:


To lead and support our members, government, business and the public to create a fire safe community through:


  • Advocating for continuous improvement of legislation, codes and standards
  • Guidance and direction on industry best practice
  • Development and provision of business services and resources
  • Proactive engagement, education and communication
  • Development and promotion of professional products and services


Our Values:



Integrity - behaving ethically, acting with loyalty, honesty and transparency and being prepared to express our views.


Independence - to pursue our vision free of bias, coercion, favouritism and external commercial interest.


Professionalism - being committed to the continuous professional development of our Association and industry.


Our Strategic Direction:


Download the Association's Strategic Directions 2015-18  here


Our Patron: The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)


Peter Cosgrove


The Governor General His Excellency General The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) is the Patron of Fire Protection Association Australia. 


His Excellency Sir Cosgrove has a strong history of community involvement during emergencies, including as taskforce leader during the Cyclone Larry disaster in 2006.


FPA Australia has a long history of patronage from Governor-Generals. Sir Paul Hasluck PC, GCMG & KSTJ was our first patron, followed by successive Governor-Generals which also included Her Excellency Dame Quentin Bryce AC.


Our Ambassador: Professor Fiona Wood AM


Fiona Wood


Professor Fiona Wood AM is an internationally-acclaimed burns researcher and surgeon, known for achievements such as the development of 'spray on skin' and leadership of a Perth-based team which treated 28 survivors of the Bali bombings in 2002.


She leads the Fiona Wood Foundation, FPA Australia's Official Charity Partner, and is the Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia and a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.


Professor Wood was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2003. In 2005 she won the Western Australian Citizen of the Year award for her contribution to medicine in the field of burns research, and in the same year was also named Australian of the Year. She was named an Australian Living Treasure by the National Trust, and was voted the most-trusted Australian in a Reader's Digest poll for six successive years from 2005 to 2010.

The Aims of FPA Australia are:

• Representative Membership

To maintain a broad membership base which is accurately representative of the fire safety community, in order to provide the resources to build awareness of the Association so that FPA Australia can achieve its other goals.


• Member Services 

To be the primary source of fire protection information and advice that is of benefit to FPA Australia members, the fire safety industry and the wider community.


• Continual Improvement in Fire Education

To support and contribute to the continuing development of national competencies and training packages to meet legislative requirements and to improve the effectiveness of those employed in fire safety and protection.

• Influence Decision Makers

To take a leading role in influencing all bodies whose decision-making processes affect fire safety.


• Support for Corporate Members

 To support corporate members and their businesses through networking with governments, trade organisations, international fire protection associations and related bodies, to promote Australian fire safety products, services and expertise to a global audience.


• Communication of the Fire Safety Message 

To be a successful and vital link in communicating the fire safety message to our members, to the fire safety industry, to other businesses and industry, and to the wider community.