• 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

FPIB's war on waste

11 JULY 2019

To help the Board transition away from waste and towards more environmentally friendly practices, we will be limiting hardcopy correspondence.

Your licence card, authorisation certificates, newsletters and general correspondence relating to your permit are now sent electronically via email.

This will help reduce the production of unnecessary waste and will help streamline our permit processing practices.

However, if you require your correspondence to be sent via hardcopy or require a plastic licence card, please call our friendly team on (03) 8892 3131.

Report industry non-compliance

20 FEBRUARY 2019

Know of an unlicensed person? We need your help.

To assist in protecting the environment, it is important all persons working with ODS or SGG extinguishing agents hold the relevant licence or pertmit.

If you know someone not complying with our regulations, please let us know.

 Holiday period

14 DECEMBER 2018

The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board office will be closed for the holiday period from 3pm Friday 19 December 2018 to 9am Wednesday 2 January 2019.  

 Halon collection for fire authorities

26 NOVEMBER 2018

The Board has issued advice for firefighters who may be approached by members of their local community with yellow BCF halon extinguishers for disposal. The Board encourages fire services to accept the cylinders, and has created a poster outlining the simple steps they can take to safely disposal of halon , free of charge. You can find it here.

 Licensing scheme fact sheet

22 OCTOBER 2018

The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board has developed a factsheet to help industry better understand the fire protection industry scheme (FPI scheme). This factsheet will be particularly beneficial if you're a facility manager or technician unsure of your state and national licensing requirements.

The fact sheet can be found here

 HAZMAT 2018


 This year saw the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board exhibit at the annual HAZMAT Conference for the first time.

The two-day event was held at the Park Royal in Sydney on 20 and 21 September, and united professionals across the dangerous goods, hazardous materials and chemical management industries.

"Exhibiting at HAZMAT 2018 has been a valuable exercise and has exposed the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board to a new market and new opportunities," the Board's Executive Officer, Paul Hodgson said.

Watch now: Discharges in the building industry webinar

10 August 2018

Presented by Board member Daniel Wilson, the 7 August session provided invaluable information and advice to facility managers and technicians.

View the presentation, and answers to participant questions, here

Discharges in the building industry webinar 

26 JULY 2018

Providing invaluable information to facility manager and technicians on ODS and SGG discharges, the Board's upcoming webinar is a must-watch for individuals working with scheduled extinguishing agents.

The free session will be held on Tuesday 7 August at 11.30am AEST.

Secure your place here

July newsletter

20 JULY 2018

The latest edition of our industry newsletter, Gasbag, is out now.

Featuring articles on Australia's HFC phase down, system testing and equipment calibration, as well as details on an upcoming discharges in the building industry webinar, the newsletter is a must-read for fire protection industry professionals.

View the newsletter here.

Updated standards table

9 JULY 2018

The Board has published an updated table outlining the Australian Standards EAHL holding technicians in the fire protection industry must carry out their work in accordance with.

It can be found here.

New alternative systems fact sheet

4 JULY 2018

The Board has developed a new fact sheet to help industry and end users consider more environmentally acceptable alternatives to ozone depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases when designing a new or upgrading an existing fire protection system.

It can be found here.