FPA Australia coronavirus response


In response to the coronavirus crisis, FPA Australia is implementing a strategy to reduce risk to industry members and staff, ensure service continuity and support members in this challenging time.


We are also urgently seeking clarification from government about the status of fire protection work during the evolving business shutdowns, and working to address challenges faced by fire protection service providers during the crisis.



Strategy to maintain service delivery


FPA Australia is continuing to deliver products and services during the coronavirus crisis. Events, accreditation, committee meetings and other activities are being delivered electronically as much as possible.


We are implementing internal procedures to ensure the safety of staff, and maintain our ability to support the fire protection industry.


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Classification of fire protection as an essential service


The Association is also working with all levels of government to advocate for and clarify fire protection's position as an 'essential service', and its exemption from business shutdowns. Our position is that fire protection is not currently covered by the shutdowns implemented around Australia.


FPA Australia advocates for the continuity of essential fire safety maintenance by competent fire protection industry professionals across Australia where safe to do so.


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Routine service access during social distancing


FPA Australia has received reports of building owners and tenants refusing access to fire protection routine service practitioners, and of practitioners concerned about entering some buildings due to concerns about coronavirus and social distancing.


As a result, FPA Australia has written to the relevant Ministers in each jurisdiction seeking a response that:


  • Recognises that these issues are occurring and create valid reasons for circumstances where routine service is unable to occur.
  • Emphasise that routine service should continue to occur where possible, but where not possible making provision for suitable delays in routine services and leniency on offences or penalties.


For your reference, you can read the letters sent to the Ministers here: TAS, WA, NSW, QLD, ACT, NT, VIC, SA.