On the 26th, 27th and 28th of July 2022, Adrian Shackleton, NFIA CEO, travelled to Sydney to join Graeme Geldart, NFIA NSW Corporate Leader, to meet with New South Wales Members and to facilitate the NSW Members’ Meeting.
Adrian and Graeme took the opportunity to meet with a number of NSW Members and make contact with prospective members, prior to convening the first face-to-face post-COVID NSW Members’ Meeting.
Issues raised and discussed during those visits to Members included:
- the availability of post-trade training;
- Diploma in Fire System Design and FPAS;
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL);
- contracts, pricing and supply;
- the EBA process;
- staff retention and recruitment;
- licensing and prevention of ‘cowboys’ operating in the Fire Protection space; and
- using the NFIA as a means to network and link with others in the Fire Protection industry.
At the well-attended Members’ Meeting, Members were provided with an update on the operations and activities of the NFIA, the new NFIA website, new NFIA resources, and recent NFIA national and inter-state developments.
Gordon Stalley provided the meeting with an excellent run down on recent legislative updates and developments affecting Fire Protection work in NSW, including:
- Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (July 2017)
- Building & Development Certifiers Act 2018
- Building & Development Certifiers Regulation 2020
- Design & Building Practitioners Act 2020 & Design & Building Practitioners Regulation 2021
- Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance & Enforcement Powers) Act 2020
- Environmental Planning and Assessment (Development Certification and Fire Safety) Regulation 2021
- Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021
- Home Building Act (currently being revised)
- Industry report on reforms to improve fire safety in new and existing buildings
- ABCB National Registration Framework
Gordon also provided a presentation on Fire Safety Schedules and recommendations as to how they can, and should, be improved, and spoke to other matters including:
- the current status of design accreditation and classes of design practitioners for Fire Safety;
- Government-driven initiatives, such as a customer focused regulatory format, measurable profile rating system, lifting of skills and capabilities, strengthening contracts and standards and using digital platforms;
- the Certifier Practice Standards; and
- the work of the Fire Safety Practice Group.
Richard Luscombe of Windsor Management & Insurance Brokers provided the meeting with an update on the economic impacts of recent floods, the availability of PI Insurance, and the prospects of developing Retention Bonds.
Brian Gould of Gould Instruments gave a presentation and demonstration on next generation instruments available to the Fire Protection Industry.
Members were also advised of the charitable works and events being hosted by the NFIA Patron, Brian Davies, particularly the Boardroom Lunch being held on 2 September 2022 at the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel with guest speakers, Ian Chappell and Tim Thomas.
During General Business there was lively debate on regulatory reform, the Diploma in Fire System Design, RPL, and the FPAS.
The next NSW Members’ Meeting will be held on 10th November 2022.