• 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) and Extinguishing Agent Trading Authorisations (EATA).
  • 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).

Recent News

Victorian-based fire protection company fined $500,000 by the Federal Court of Australia 

5 NOVEMBER 2020

In a significant ruling by the Federal Court of Australia, a Victorian-based fire protection company was fined $500,000 for the unlawful importation of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC).

The company was found to be in contravention of section 13(1) of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act) for importing bulk HFC without a controlled substances licence.

This is the largest civil penalty issued under the Act and clearly demonstrates that deliberately operating outside the obligations under the Act will not be tolerated.

To view the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment's media release on the Federal Court's decision, click here:  www.minister.awe.gov.au/ley/media-releases/company-fined-500000-unlawfully-importing-synthetic-greenhouse-gas

The FPIB is now on LinkedIn

13 OCTOBER 2020

The FPIB is pleased to announce that we have created a LinkedIn page.

This social media platform will allow us to exchange important industry information, monitor industry innovation and trends and observe best practice methods. We are always striving to be better connected with the fire protection industry, so please check out our page and connect with us.

September GasBag

5 OCTOBER 2020

If you missed out on our most recent GasBag newsletter and want to be across the latest fire protection industry permit scheme news, you can catch up here

We've updated our self-assessment checklists 

1 OCTOBER 2020

The Board has updated the self-assessment checklist for each permit category (EAHL, EATA and HSP). For a quick and easy way to gauge how compliant you are against the conditions of your permit, you can complete the relevant checklist by clicking here.

Stronger penalties now in place for breaching permit conditions

4 SEPTEMBER 2020

From 19 August 2020, it is a criminal offence under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995 to breach any condition of your fire protection industry permit.

Individuals who are found guilty of the new offence can be fined a maximum of $2,220. Corporations that are found guilty face a stiffer penalty of up to $11,100. In the past, if you breached a condition of your permit, you could have your permit cancelled or suspended, or be denied a renewal of your permit. This can still happen now, in addition to being fined.

The new offences are 'strict liability offences'. This means fines can be applied without proof that you intended to breach permit conditions.

To read the new offence provisions in full, view: www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2020L01029 .