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Australian Standards and Technical Advisory Committee Updates - June 2022

Posted on : Friday, 17 June 2022


Australian Standards 


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


CE-030 Maritime Structures


AS 4997 is currently being drafted by the Committee. 

EM-001 Electric Vehicle Operation


AS 5732 is in the public comment stage.

FP-002 Fire Detection and Alarm Systems

Resolution of the public comment on the AS 1670.6 revision continues.


AS 3786 (an adoption, with modification, of ISO 12239) has moved to ballot stage. 


FP-004 Automatic fire sprinkler installations

Progress continues on drafting the revision of AS 2118.6. 


FP-018 Fire Safety

Progress continues on the revisions of AS 1530.1 (Combustibility test) and AS 1530.4 (Fire-resistance tests). 


FP-020 Construction in Bushfire Prone Areas

Progress continues on the new handbook for "Maintenance of construction in bushfire-prone areas" (SA HB 208). 


FP-022 Fire Protection of Mobile and Transportable Equipment


Resolution of the public comment on AS 5062 continues. 

LG-007 Emergency lighting in buildings

AS/NZS 2293.1:2018 Amendment 1 has moved to ballot stage. 


LG-011 Photoluminescent Exit Signage

Public Comment on AS 5358.1.1 is being resolved. 


ME-002 Gas cylinders

Revisions of AS 2030.1 and AS 2030.5 are being drafted. 




Fire Safety of Lift Landing Doors Update

Standards Australia convened the most recent Fire Safety of Lift Landing Doors Workshop in January 2022, after much discussion amongst the vertical transportation and fire safety experts over several months. 


A draft question to be considered was developed and endorsed by the appropriate experts as a result of this considerable culminative discussion. 


Standards Australia's position is that the question needs to be answered, with the technical veracity to be verified by the Building Codes Board.
The question developed was as follows:
Is the test described in the ISO standard sufficient for the purposes of demonstrating compliance with the relevant Performance Requirements of the BCA, when applied to a building that otherwise complies with the DTS Provisions?  (Note: this might be found by way of equivalence, and this may be the easiest path and therefore should be investigated).
If the test alone is not sufficient are there any amendments to the DTS provisions, together with the ISO test method, which would meet the relevant performance requirements?
Australian Industry Group have advised they will consult with relevant parties as to next steps in resolving the matter. 


They will advise as and when further involvement of Standards Australia and FP-018 may be of assistance, or whether an alternative course of action that obviates the need for Standards Australia and FP-018 to be further involved at all may be adopted.



Technical Advisory Committees update


The next round of TACs will again be held via webconference and begin on Tuesday 5 July and will finish on Wednesday 27 July.


Some key topics for this round will include continued discussions on lithium-ion safety and suitability of products for the Australian market. Progression of Australian Standards project proposals.


There will be a number of sub-committees organized to focus on spacing of sprinkler heads in concealed spaces and lithium-ion batteries.


In addition to a Special Interest Group being formed of public testing laboratories and third-party accreditation bodies to focus on evidence of suitability issues.


FPA Australia would encourage members to take up the opportunity of joining our Technical Advisory Committees.


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



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 will continue 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 in July 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.


Following the March meeting, Kathryn Kinnear from Bio Diverse Solutions presented two webinars. The webinars can now be assessed through the FPA Australia webinar platform FPA+ here.


  • Clarifying vegetation classification of AS 3959
  • Calculating effective slope in the field and applying exclusions of AS 3959


The Position Statement on Sarking has now been published and is available via the FPA Australia website here