• Stakeholder Forum Webinars 2018

    The  Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board (the Board) is  conducting  number of webinars, bringing together gaseous fire suppression system experts to provide an overview of the licensing system, current and future directions for scheduled gases. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

  • Scheduled Extinguishing Agents in Mining - do you require a license?

    The hazardous nature of most mining operations, coupled with the remoteness of many mine sites, means that site operators must exercise the highest levels of care with regard to fire protection in order to safeguard lives, mining equipment, property and the environment.

  • Scheduled Agents Used in Building Sector

    The importance of fire protection in the building industry relies heavily on correct procedures and proper maintenance of fire protection equipment such as gaseous fire suppression systems

  • Scheduled Agents used in Aviation Sector

    Fire is a major safety hazard for civil, commercial and military aircraft. In Australia, the potential fire zones of modern multi-engine aircraft are protected by fixed fire protection systems. A fire zone is an area, or region, of an aircraft designed by the manufacturer to require fire detection and/or fire extinguishing equipment and a high degree of inherent fire resistance.

  • Scheduled Agents Used in Marine Sector

    The importance of safety at sea relies on correct fire protection procedures and proper maintenance of fire protection equipment such as gaseous fire suppression systems. 

  • Halon Collection Campaign

    The Halon Collection Campaign will be actively promoting the recovery of halon by working through targeted industries and public.The halon campaign will rely heavily on the support and involvement of the key stakeholders to ensure that when the community returns the fire extinguisher, this can be easily facilitated.

The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board

The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board (the Board) administers the fire protection division of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Regulations 1995 (the Regulations) on behalf of the Australian Government.

Functions of the Board include:

  • Identification, promotion, and support of 'best practice' activities throughout the fire protection industry.
  • Management of the permit and licensing system to ensure applicants meet minimum standards of competency prior to granting of Extinguishing Agent Handling Licences (EAHL's) and Extinguishing Agent Trading Authorisations (EATA's).
  • Implementation of effective communication and consultation with the fire protection industry to encourage and facilitate regulatory compliance.
  • Development and distribution of ozone depleting substance and synthetic greenhouse gas (ODS & SGG) learning and assessment resources to support those working in the fire protection industry.
  • Undertaking review and audit activities to ensure fire protection industry compliance with the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act).       

Download The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board Strategic plan for 2012-2017

 

Recent News

FIRE PROTECTION INDUSTRY (ODS & SGG) BOARD STAKEHOLDER FORUM WEBINARS 2018

29 MARCH 2018

The  Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board (the Board) is conducting  number of webinars, bringing together gaseous fire suppression system experts to provide an overview of the licensing system, current and future directions for scheduled gases. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

 Please sign up to attend

INFORMATION SESSIONS- HFC PHASE-DOWN AND OTHER CHANGES TO THE OZONE PROTECTION AND SYNTHETIC GREENHOUSE GAS PROGRAM 

28 MARCH 2018

The Department of the Environment and Energy is running a series of information sessions around Australia in 2018. These sessions will discuss what the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phase-down will mean for HFC users including equipment owners and technicians, and other changes to the program to reduce emissions and increase efficiency. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.

Please sign up to attend

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY HFC PHASE DOWN INFORMATION SESSIONS

22 February 2018

As part of a national phase down in hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) importation that began on 1 January 2018, the Department of the Environment and Energy is running a series of information sessions to explain how the initiative will impact HFC users. 

The phase down will gradually reduce the amount of HFCs permitted to be imported into Australia. The reduction will impact users of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, fire suppression, foam blowing, aerosols and medical applications.

The information sessions will be run around the country, starting in Tasmania, and will discuss what the phase down means for HFC users, and other changes to the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Program to reduce emissions and increase efficiency.

Registration is now open for the Tasmanian events:

Launceston 21 March 2018

Hobart 22 March 2018

New application forms: 

2 January 2018

New applications forms for Extinguishing Agent Handling Licence (EAHL), Extinguishing Agent Trading Authorisation (EATA) and Halon Special Permit (HSP). 

The Fire Protection Industry Board (FPIB) has updated the new applications forms for EAHL, EATA and HSP approved by the Department of Environment and Energy. While the Board will endeavour to forward information and a reminder to you prior to your licence expiring, it remains your responsibility to ensure you have a valid EAHL, EATA and HSP at all times to continue to work legally in the fire industry.

The FPIB grants three key types of EAHL licences. To apply for EAHL, download a copy of the application form:

To apply for an EATA, an application form must be completed. Download a copy of the application form:

To apply for a HSP, an application form must be completed. Download a copy of the application form:

Reducing regulatory burden:

22 December 2017

Changes to the licence scheme in 2018

In 2016, a review of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Program - including the fire protection industry licence scheme - was completed by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy.

The review followed extensive consultation with fire protection industry stakeholders through public consultation and targeted consultation with industry representatives.

Outcomes of the review identified a number of measures to be implemented. Specifically, two measures that relate to the fire protection industry permit scheme are listed below:

1.Three (3) year extinguishing agent handling licences (EAHL), extinguishing agent trading authorisation (EATA) and halon special permit (HSP)

  • From 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018 a new option for a three (3) year EAHL, EATA & HSP will be available - along with the standard permit durations (transition period). The following table outlines the permit durations available during 2018:

 Permit type

                                          Available permit duration in 2018

 1 year

 2 years

 3 years

 EATA

 

 ✓

 ✓

 HSP

 ✓ 

 ✓

 ✓

 Qualified EAHL

 

 ✓

 ✓

 Experienced EAHL

 ✓ 

 ✓

 ✓

 Trainee EAHL

 ✓

 

 

  • From 1 January 2019 onwards, the default duration for all permits (except for trainee EAHL) will be three (3) years.
  • Trainee EAHLs will continue to be for a maximum of 1 year in duration.

If, after the transition period, applicants have genuine concerns or a legitimate reason to seek a different permit duration there will be scope for deviating from the default period of three years for full permit holders or one year for trainee permit holders.

2. Update to EAHL, EATA & HSP re-application process

From 1 Jan 2018 the process for re-applying for your EAHL or EATA will be streamlined, becoming a 'renewal' process, compared to a re-application. The renewal option will be available for EAHL, HSP or EATA holders renewing greater than 30 days prior to their permit expiring.

Changes to the fire protection industry permit scheme will reduce the administrative cost of the Regulations on business by reducing the length of time a business or individual needs to spend gathering information together and applying for a permit.

Annual indexation to application fees for Fire Protection permits

22 December 2017

Under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995, Regulation 346 provides for the annual indexation of permit application fees.

The annual indexation formula uses the Wage Price Index (WPI) figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Consistent with the WPI figures released in November 2017, Fire Protection permit application fees will increase by 2.006 per cent from 1 January 2018.

A table outlining the current permit fees as well as the permit fees and new permit durations for 2018 is provided below.

                                                     EATA and EAHL durations and fees for 2018

 Fire Protection Industry Permit

Year (s)

2017 Application Fees

2018 Application Fees

 Extinguishing agent handling licence Qualified (EAHL-Q)

 2

 $274

 $280

 3

 N/A

 $420

 Extinguishing agent handling licence  Experienced (EAHL- Exp)

 1

 $137

 $140

 2 

 N/A

 $280

 3

 N/A

 $420

 Trainee extinguishing agent handling licence (EAHL-T)

 1

 $137

 $140

 Extinguishing agent trading authorisation (EATA)

 2

 $461

 $470

 3

 N/A

 $705

 Halon special permit (HSP)

 1

 $274

 $280

 2

 N/A

 $560

 3

 N/A

 $840