News and Media

Watch now: Discharges for facility managers and technicians 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

Information sessions- HFC phase down and other changes to the Ozone Protection and Sythetic 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

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*

* Note: proposed fee for 2018.

Brisbane stakeholder forum 

8 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.

New Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board appointed

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.

Read the full media release

Global success for Australia, led by the Department of the Environment and Energy

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.

Read the full media release

FPA Australia secures Fire Protection Industry Board tender

11 October 2016

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is pleased to announce it has been successful in the tender process to continue to facilitate services for the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board (the Board) for the next two years through a service agreement with the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy.

Read the full media release

Public Service Medal for Patrick McInerney

31 August 2016

FPA Australia would like to congratulate Mr Patrick McInerney, Director of international ozone protection and synthetic greenhouse gas policy for Australia's Department of the Environment and Energy. Mr McInerney, who was in the 2016 Queen's birthday honours, received the Federal Public Service Medal for outstanding public service for his role in the protection of the ozone layer and the climate system.

Read the full media release

Fire protection technicians transition as part of licensing milestone 

15 December 2015

The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board (the Board) has successfully transitioned the vast majority of experienced fire protection technicians who handle scheduled extinguishing agents, to an Extinguishing Agent Handling Licence (EAHL) - Qualified Persons (Entitlement 1-5).

Read the full media release