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Australian Standards and Technical Advisory Committee Updates - July, 2022

Posted on : Monday, 18 July 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


Public comment on AS 5732 closed 23 June, 2022.  

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. 



FP-009 will be meeting on 18 July via Zoom.  



Technical Advisory Committees update


The next round of TAC meetings is currently being held via web conference, and will finish on Wednesday, 27 July.  


Some key topics for this round will include continued discussions about lithium battery safety, the  suitability of products for the Australian market, and the progression of project proposals for Australian standards.   

FPA Australia proposes to form a Special Interest Group (SIG) for Lithium Batteries, membership of which will be available to members of all TACs.   An expression of interest will be sent out once the terms of reference have been completed.  

Another Special Interest Group (SIG) is being created to enable public testing laboratories and third-party accreditation bodies to focus on evidence of suitability issues.  


FPA Australia encourages members to take up the opportunity of joining these SIGs or any of our Technical Advisory Committees.


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



Committee update 


TAC/1 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment

TAC/1 meeting was held Wednesday, 6 July, 2022.  

TAC/1 is working on a document to add to the AS 1851 revision on critical, non-critical and non-conformance definitions.  The purpose of this is to help clear up confusion for technicians when applying defects to their testing.  

TAC/1 plans to progress a project proposal for the revision of AS 1851-2012.  Input from other TAC SME's will be requested in this process.  

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

TAC/2 meeting was held on Tuesday, 5 July, 2022.  

The TAC discussed, at length issues on Evidence of Suitability, Lithium Batteries and ASE configurations.  

Work will continue with the Good Practice Guide on Speaker Layout and 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

TAC/3/7 meeting was held on Monday, 11 July, 2022.    

The key topic discussed was the suitability of portable fire extinguishers and Lithiumbatteries.  

A focus for TAC/3/7 will be to progress work with AS 1851revision project proposal and the AS 1841 and AS 1850 standards revisions. All three are well progressed.  


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

The TAC/4/8/9 meeting will be held on Tuesday, 19 July, 2022.  

A workshop will be organised to discuss spacing of sprinkler heads in concealed spaces following the TAC meeting. A date has yet to be confirmed but likely to be early August.  

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.  

The TAC/11/22 meeting will be held on Wednesday, 20 July, 2022.  


TAC/17 Emergency planning

TAC 17 are having an in-person TACmeeting in lateAugust with anAS3745 workshop to follow the meeting.  


IB-11 V2 Evacuation diagrams is nearing finalisation and will be sent to the TAC for final approval before being published.  

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


TAC/18/19 Passive fire protection

The TAC/18/19 meeting was held on Tuesday, 12 July, 2022.  

A document on Unfilled door frames is in final stages and was shared with the TAC via SPARK for final review. Comments are requested by 25 July, 2022.   

Working group to complete proposed wording for issues register on the revision of AS 1905.1. Another working group to be formed for discussion on cavity barriers.  


TAC/20 Bushfire Safety

The TAC/20 meeting was held on Wednesday, 13 July, 2022.  

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.