Auditing

FPA Australia's Compliance Team manages annual scheduled audits for practitioners under the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) and Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD). FPA Australia is committed to auditing a certain proportion of practitioners each year to ensure ongoing compliance and the highest possible standards of performance.

 

Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) Audits

In January 2021, the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) commenced its first scheduled audit of accredited practitioners, in accordance with the New South Wales Government Requirements.  FPA Australia has developed the Auditing and Compliance Policy & Procedures to ensure transparency within this space.

 

The Audit Plan for 2021 identified 10% of all Fire Safety Assessment (FSA) and Fire System Design (FSD) practitioners who were randomly selected, resulting in 121 practitioners for audit in total. Each month 13 new practitioners will be audited, until auditing for the year is complete.

 

Practitioners are required to maintain detailed records about their workplace activities (WPA's) for the purposes of auditing. To assist with this, FPA Australia has developed two WPA Forms. While these forms are not mandatory, they provide a strong foundation for recordkeeping and cover the requirements for audit.

 

Fire Safety Assessor (FSA) WPA List, Form 1

 

 

 

Fire System Designer (FSD) WPA List, Form 1

 

 

 

 

For further information regarding auditing policy, please refer to the FPA Australia Auditing and Compliance Policy and Procedures.

FPA Australia reserves the right to ask for materials or information not described as part of the audit process, if required. If FPA Australia seeks more information or documentation, they will advise the practitioner accordingly.

 

 

Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) Audits

In March of 2021 the Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) Auditing and Compliance Policy and Procedures were reviewed and updated. This document outlines the policy and procedures applying to the audit and investigation of practitioners accredited under the Bushfire Planning and Design Schemes.

 

This document covers the procedures for auditing and investigations conducted by FPA Australia and should be read in conjunction with the relevant Auditing of Practitioners section in the practitioner's Bushfire Planning and Design Accreditation Scheme handbook.

 

As stated in the Policy and Procedures, FPA Australia is required to audit a certain percentage of practitioners, selected at random, to ensure compliance.
Within Western Australia, FPA Australia have an arrangement to audit 20% of all accredited practitioners in the state.
Within New South Wales and other states where an FPA Australia scheme is recognised, no agreement is currently in place. However, to maintain compliance FPA Australia will audit 10% of all accredited practitioners in the state.

 

For more information please see Bushfire Planning & Design (BPAD) Auditing and Compliance Policy and Procedures.