• 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. 

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


11 July 2017 

On 7th July, a Stakeholder Forum was held in Brisbane.  The aim of the forum was to bring gaseous fire suppression system experts together to provide an overview of the licencing system, current and future directions for scheduled gases and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

The forum included the following topics:

  • Overview of the Fire Protection Industry Board and the licensing system
  • HFC (e.g. FM200) phasedown
  • What licence do I need to ensure compliance with the legislation?
  • Modern system design techniques
  • What does the future of gas suppression systems look like?

The Stakeholder Forum was a success and was attended by members from the Queensland fire protection industry, facility managers and representatives from Government.  It was also an opportunity for the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board members to participate in conversations with industry representatives and be informed of current issues. To view the presentations, please   click here


9 December 2016

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) was reappointed to continue to facilitate services for the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board (the Board) through a service agreement with the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy until 31 October 2018.

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19 October 2016

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) would like to congratulate the Australian Government on its key role in securing the recent international agreement to reduce hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions by 85 per cent at the Montreal Protocol meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda last week.

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