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Dates Set for FPA Australia NSW Reforms Industry Consultation Meetings

Posted on : Monday, 9 January 2017

The most important changes to fire safety regulations in a generation have been proposed by the New South Wales Government.


Fire Protection Association Australia CEO Scott Williams and General Manager Technical/ Deputy CEO Matthew Wright will conduct a series of industry consultation meetings  in  Sydney and Newcastle on 24 January.


The meetings will help industry members to gain a full understanding of the proposed regulatory change and the impact it will have on their business and the industry generally. Feedback from these sessions will inform FPA Australia's consolidated response to government.


The NSW government released the draft regulations aimed at implementing some of the key recommendations of the independent statutory review of the Building Professionals Act 2005 conducted by Michael Lambert before Christmas.

Three key areas are addressed:


  • improved documentation including plans, specifications and baseline data information
  • improved vigilance for compliance including critical stage inspections
  • improved competency requirements including clarification of who can undertake certain fire safety activities.

The term "competent fire safety practitioner" is proposed to be introduced with the ability for government to gazette a class of persons as a "competent fire safety practitioner". This could include persons recognised by Industry Associations such as FPA Australia's Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS).


The FPA Australia sessions will be focussed on discussing the proposed regulations and gathering industry feedback.


For information about the sessions and to register click here

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