NSW Reforms Show Leadership

Posted on : Thursday, 10 November 2016

Fire Protection Association Australia has continued its support for the NSW Government's reforms to the state's building industry following a meeting in Sydney on 3 November with members of the NSW Government.

 

The reforms are in response to the Independent Review of the Building Professionals Act 2005 (the Lambert report) and include several changes that have been long championed by FPA Australia. The majority of fire safety reforms recommended in the Lambert report have been supported as part of the Government's Response, and a further 70 recommendations will now be reviewed in consultation with industry. 

 

"FPA Australia has been continuing to consult with the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, the Hon Victor Dominello, as he progresses legislative change," said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.

 

"We have already said these changes are once in a generation and will be closely scrutinized by other states as they observe the leadership the NSW Government is displaying."

 

The key fire protection elements of the reforms include:

 

  • Take immediate action to strengthen fire safety certification for new and existing buildings
  • Require certification by accredited persons for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire safety systems, preferably drawing on existing accreditation schemes such as the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) or other relevant schemes
  • Enhance the current system of "annual fire safety statement checks" including adopting the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) or other relevant schemes
  • Enhance the number of critical stage site inspections for certain building types
  • Require that persons installing passive fire protection measures be suitably trained and licensed
  • Considering if further regulation, licensing or industry accreditation should be adopted in respect to the roles of installation and maintenance of fire protection systems 

 


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