Recent events around the world have highlighted the importance of fire protection in buildings and the need to effectively regulate this work.
A new, streamlined, fire protection licensing framework will be rolled out from 1 May 2021. The new framework is industry-led and is based on extensive consultation across industry and government.
The changes will help improve standards of fire protection work by ensuring licensees have the right competencies and skills. They will also reduce administrative burden by simplifying the number of fire protection licence classes and clarifying the work that licensees can perform.
Additional occupational, nominee supervisor and contractor licence classes will be introduced to design water-based fire systems and fire alarm systems and to install and maintain all passive fire protection equipment. This will ensure people carrying out this work are appropriately skilled and accountable.
There are transitional arrangements to give those already working in these fields time to obtain the required licence.
While some licensees will be required to upskill, we’ve made it easier for existing licensees to transition to any applicable new licences.
Most existing licensees will automatically transfer to the new licence classes with no further action required.
In most instances, new entrants to the industry will be required to complete the qualifications associated with the new licences.
For general information about the changes, you can contact the Department of Energy and Public Works by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or emailing BLP@hpw.qld.gov.au. Follow the department on
Facebook @BuildingforQueensland or subscribe for updates via bcqnewsflash@qld.gov.au.
Detailed information regarding your fire protection licence will be available on the QBCC website closer to the commencement of the new fire protection licensing framework. In the interim, please visit www.qbcc.qld.gov.au, call the QBCC on 139 333 or submit an online enquiry.