People, products and enforcement critical, FPA Australia tells Senate Inquiry

Posted on : Wednesday, 19 July 2017

FPA Australia tells Senate InquiryTo protect Australians from fire requires three elements working together; conforming products, conforming people, and enforcement of compliance. That was the message delivered this morning by Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) CEO Scott Williams to the Senate Inquiry into non-conforming and non-compliant building products.


FPA Australia made a submission in the early stages of the Senate Inquiry in 2015, and was invited to address the Inquiry in Sydney this week alongside the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC).


While the Senate Inquiry has primarily focused on products that don't meet Australia's building codes and standards, Mr Williams spoke about the need to look beyond products to the people installing them, and the regulators overseeing both.


"Product conformity is important and any change to improve validation of products is welcome, but FPA Australia strongly contends that the problem is broader than that and must also address competence and compliance," he said.


"We need to have products that are what they claim to be, are validated and are fit for purpose. We also need people who are professional, educated and accredited as fit for action. Overlying that, we need empowered regulators who are proactive and willing to act to ensure people and products come together to achieve compliant building outcomes."


"The Association feels strongly about both people and products being held to a high standard. It's important that all three of those pillars come together - none can be effective on their own."


To read Scott Williams' opening remarks to the Inquiry click here.


To read FPA Australia's 2015 submission to the Inquiry click here.