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Fire Safety Reform in NSW


Recognition of FPAS


On 1 July, 2020, the Secretary of the NSW Department of Customer Service approved FPA Australia as an accreditation authority under section 59 of the Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018


This recognition was given in relation to the Fire Safety Assessment (FSA) and Fire Systems Design (FSD) classes of FPAS accreditation under the state's 2017 fire safety reforms.


This means that individuals holding FSA or FSD accreditation, as appropriate, are now 'Accredited Practitioners (Fire Safety)' under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (formerly competent fire safety practitioners) and are the only ones who can endorse: 


  • design plans and specifications (except for C8 electrical engineers or C14 hydraulic certifiers); or

  • fire safety measures on an annual or supplementary fire safety statement.


You can read more about the reforms here.


To see the Government's website about the reforms, click here



Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS)


The Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) document provides details on the FSA and FSD classes of accreditation, their recognition by the NSW Government, and the requirements for practitioners.


On 1 July 2020, the terminology changed from Competent Fire Safety Practitioner to Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety).  This change is reflected in the latest version of the Scheme document.



Current Version


NSW Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety) scheme document (1 July 2020)


Practice Note FSA01 Accreditation Levels and Restrictions


Practice Note FSD01 Fire Systems Design Accreditation Levels and Restrictions