QBCC fire protection licensing changes still unclear

Posted on : Friday, 5 March 2021

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission's (QBCC) changes to the fire protection licensing framework commence on 1 May, 2021, but many questions about them still remain unanswered.  


FPA Australia is analysing the changes to determine their potential implications for the industry. 


Our biggest concern is that these changes could affect the ability and capacity of fire protection businesses to deliver the ongoing services required by the Building Fire Safety Regulation and other legislative instruments. 


By taking experienced practitioners off the front line as rapidly as they are, the changes could jeopardise the ability of the industry to ensure that prescribed fire safety systems are maintained and that people can evacuate buildings safely. 


We have been discussing the changes with representatives of industry and plan to raise our concerns directly with the QBCC in coming days. 


Later this month we will host a meeting for members in Queensland to brief them on our findings and the potential implications for practitioners - details will follow soon. 


In the meantime, members are encouraged to check the QBCC website for information and register for the upcoming 'Tradie Tour' to hear about the changes. 


If you have any questions or comments for FPA Australia about the coming changes, please complete the feedback form here