Fire Safety Reform in NSW

 

Recognition of FPAS

 

On 1 July, 2020, the Secretary of the NSW Department of Customer Service approved FPA Australia as an accreditation authority under section 59 of the Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018

 

This recognition was given in relation to the Fire Safety Assessment (FSA) and Fire Systems Design (FSD) classes of FPAS accreditation under the state's 2017 fire safety reforms.

 

This means that individuals holding FSA or FSD accreditation, as appropriate, are now 'Accredited Practitioners (Fire Safety)' under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (formerly competent fire safety practitioners) and are the only ones who can endorse: 

 

  • design plans and specifications (except for C8 electrical engineers or C14 hydraulic certifiers); or

  • fire safety measures on an annual or supplementary fire safety statement.

 

You can read more about the reforms here.

 

To see the Government's website about the reforms, click here

 

 

Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS)

 

The Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) document provides details on the FSA and FSD classes of accreditation, their recognition by the NSW Government, and the requirements for practitioners.

 

On 1 July 2020, the terminology changed from Competent Fire Safety Practitioner to Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety).  This change is reflected in the latest version of the Scheme document.

 

 

Current Version

 

NSW Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety) scheme document (1 July 2020)

 

Practice Note FSA01 Accreditation Levels and Restrictions

 

Practice Note FSD01 Fire Systems Design Accreditation Levels and Restrictions