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As of 1 January 2015 existing and new students of FPA Australia (and any other Registered Training Organisation) must hold a unique student identifier (USI) as introduced by the Australian Government Department of Industry.

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Modern Award Review - Casual & Part Time

Posted on December 11, 2014

A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) will hear arguments on dates to be determined with respect to a range of matters concerned with casual and part-time employment.

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Mental Health & FIFO Work - WA

Posted on December 11, 2014

The Western Australian Education and Health Standing Committee has issued a Discussion Paper on the contributing factors that may lead to mental illness and suicide among fly in, fly out, workers.

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A new, free online report lists the disciplinary action taken against building industry contractors in Queensland, including the number of licence cancellations and suspensions, and demerit points issued.

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FPA Australia would like to remind industry stakeholders in Queensland that AS 1851-2012 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems & Equipment becomes the mandatory Standard* for fire protection inspection and testing work in QLD from January 1, 2015.

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The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board wishes to remind companies that now is an opportune time to check whether any of your technicians have an EAHL Experienced Persons (Entitlement 1-5). As of 1 December 2014 the EAHL Experienced Persons (Entitlement 1 - 5) licences are no longer be available for new applicants or for existing licence holders to renew.

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The Australian Building Codes Board recently announced that registrations are now open to receive electronic copies of the new free 2015 National Construction Code (NCC).

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Standards Australia’s committee for passive fire protection, FP-019, has recently released a draft revision of AS 1905.1, Components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant walls—Fire-resistant doorsets for public comment.

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In May 2013 the Queensland Government committed to undertake a review of the role of private certifiers practising in Queensland. The review placed an emphasis on probity, conflicts of interest, quality and appropriate accountability for private certifiers to ensure they adequately perform their functions. The QLD Government is interested in hearing feedback about the reccommendations of the review.

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As always there is plenty of activity taking place within the Association's State & Territory Membership Groups. This week the Northern Territory Membership Group will hold its first official meeting which will feature a free and informative presentation. Another 3 important membership group meetings have also recently been announced around the country over coming weeks.

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