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First step in NSW fire safety reforms

Posted on : Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The New South Wales Government has taken the first step in important reforms of the state's fire safety regulation and certification system, which Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) believes will provide a template for other states and territories to follow.


A critical part of the reforms is the introduction of a framework to recognise industry accreditation schemes for competent fire safety practitioners, such as FPA Australia's Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS).


The reforms are detailed in the NSW Department of Planning and Environment'sEnvironmental Planning Assessment Amendment (Fire Safety and Building Certification) Regulation 2017, published today. The amendment will come into effect on 1 October 2017, and is part of NSW's response to the independent Lambert Review of theBuilding Professionals Act 2005.


"We welcome this important step, which is the result of a whole-of-government response to ensure community confidence in the fire safety of the state's buildings. NSW must be congratulated for taking a leadership role and recognising fire safety cannot be left to chance," said FPA Australia's CEO Scott Williams.


The draft accreditation framework guidelines released by the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation have now closed for comment.


"FPA Australia has developed a comprehensive accreditation scheme in FPAS, and we've invested to make sure it's a rigorous, industry-leading system," said Mr Williams. "The scheme is approaching 2,500 accredited individuals, who we believe in time will certainly satisfy the NSW Government's criteria for competent fire safety practitioners."


"We believe these once-in-a-generation reforms represent a much-needed cultural shift for the industry, but most importantly will improve the life safety and improve community confidence in all NSW buildings."


To review these reforms click here.


Members can register to attend the free FPA Australia Member Forum in Wednesday 2 August in Sydney to learn more about what these reforms mean for the industry and to have your say. Click here to learn more.


For more information contact Tom Bicknell at FPA Australia on (03) 8892 3118.