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Australian Standards and Technical Advisory Committee Updates - May 2022

Posted on : Tuesday, 17 May 2022


Australian Standards 


Here's the latest on fire protection-related standards building developed at Standards Australia:  


FP-002 Fire Detection and Alarm Systems

Draft of AS/NZS 4836:2022 Safe working on or near low-voltage electrical installations and equipment  is now open for public comment.  Public comment closes 1 June, 2022. 


FP-004 Automatic fire sprinkler installations

Progress continues on the revision of AS 2118.6.  



FP-018 Fire Safety

The last FP-018 committee meeting was held on 8 March, 2022.


The Committee is currently working on:

  • Fire safety of lift landing doors
  • Update of AS 1530.1
  • Update of AS 1530.4


Numerous ISO ballots are being actioned.


FP-020 Construction in Bushfire
Prone Areas


A two-day FP-020 meeting was held in Sydney on 24 and 25 March, 2022.  The Committee is working on a new handbook SA HB 208 Maintenance of Constructino in Bushfire-prone Areas.  


FP-022 Fire Protection of Mobile and Transportable Equipment

Work continues on the AS 5062 revisions.  Resolutions have been accepted from the public comments, and commenters will be advised about the outcomes if no further response is received.  


EM-001 Electric Vehicle Operation

AS 5732 is open for public comment here until the 23 June, 2022.  






A national roadmap to deliver Australia's new Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standard (IChEMS) is now available. Australia's industrial chemicals roadmap sets out key steps, roles and responsibilities in delivering the new IChEMS framework.  


Draft IChEMS decision-making principles (the Principles) are open for comment until24 May 2022. The Principles will be established by legislative instrument under the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Act 2021 and will guide IChEMS scheduling decisions on industrial chemicals.  


The IChEMS webpage has been updated. It includes appointment of the IChEMS Advisory Committee, an update on cost recovery, and our scheduling strategy which sets out IChEMS scheduling priorities over the next two years.  



Technical Advisory Committees update


The most recent round of TAC meetings was held in March via webconference.  The next round will be held in July.  


FPA Australia encourages members to take up the opportunity to join our Technical Advisory Committees and participate in these valuable forums.  


For more information on the different TACs and how you can get involved, please visit the TAC section on our website here.  


Evidence of Suitability 


Following the Fire Australia 2022 session on certification, participants discussed the potential of creating a Special Interest Group involving public testing laboratories and third-party accreditation bodies to focus on evidence of suitability issues.  


Lithium-ion fires


A meeting was held during the week of Fire Australia to discuss lithium-ion fire extinguishers and their suitability for the Australian market. 


In addition to this, we have been working on a paper about Lithium-ion batteries, which will be circulated to the TACs in due course for review.  


Committee update 


TAC/1 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment

TAC/1 plans to progress work on project proposal for the revision of AS 1851-2012.


FPA Australia is forming a subcommittee of interested members from both TAC/1 and TAC/4/8/9 to discuss the testing requirements of AS 2419.1 and the ongoing AS 1851 hydrostatic testing of hydrant systems.


TAC/2 Fire detection and alarm systems

Work continues on the Good Practice Guide on Speaker Layout. Work also continues on the Technical Advisory Note on Building Occupant Warning Systems. Substantial feedback was received from the initial review by TAC members. A workshop was proposed to progress the work on this document. 


TAC/3/7 Portable and mobile equipment

A focus for TAC/3/7 will be to progress work with AS 1851 project proposal and the AS 1841 and AS 1850 revisions. Once these revisions are complete a review of AS 2444 can commence. 


TAC/4/8/9 Fire sprinkler and hydrant systems, tanks and fixed fire pumps

A workshop will be organised to discuss spacing of sprinkler heads in concealed spaces with a sub-committee of interested parties.


An external review of the pumpset checklists have been completed. The final amendments to the pumpset checklists are underway by the technical team. Once finalised they will be circulated to the TAC for a look over before progressing to publication.


FPA Australia is forming a subcommittee of interested members from both TAC/1 and TAC/4/8/9 to discuss the testing requirements of AS 2419.1 and the ongoing AS 1851 hydrostatic testing of hydrant systems.


TAC/11/22 Special hazards fire protection systems

There have been no significant updates on current projects for this TAC.


TAC/17 Emergency planning

IB-11 V2 Evacuation diagrams is nearing finalisation and will be published in due course.


Different terminologies for the acronym R.A.C.E are currently being collated to form the basis of a technical document.


The TAC plans to meet in person if viable to do so to complete the review of AS 3745-2010.


TAC/18/19 Passive fire protection

A document on Unfilled door frames is in final stages and will be published in the next few weeks.

Discussion on passive training continues as does contribution to the work of FP-018. 


TAC/20 Bushfire Safety

A draft of the BPAD Practice Note on conducting BAL assessments using method 1 of AS 3959:2018 has been circulated to the TAC for review.


A working group has been established to develop a document on calculating effective slope. A workshop will be organised with the relevant individuals to commence this.


A Position Statement on Sarking has been circulated to the TAC for a review. Feedback has now been received and the document will be reviewed against comments. Once amended the document will be published.