Bushfire has long been part of the Australian natural environment. Due to climate change, however, the frequency, severity and unpredictability of bushfire has reached unprecedented levels across Australia. The catastrophic impact of the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020 brought to the nation’s attention that the risk of bushfire is spreading from the rural and urban-bushland interface and into towns and built-up areas. Governments at the local, state, and federal levels are introducing regulatory imperatives for planning and construction in bushfire prone areas to protect people and property and to improve bushfire resilience. This has highlighted the need for national skills standards to support a range of job roles associated with the application of planning and building requirements to improve bushfire resilience of developments in bushfire prone areas.

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The first draft of the new units and proposed structure of a Diploma of Bushfire Assessment Protection were available for public consultation between 10 March and 10 April 2022.

Thank you to all who provided valuable feedback via the online feedback survey, emailing the project directly, attending the webinars or through telephone discussions with the technical writer or project manager. The collated feedback is available to download below.

In addition to the Artibus Innovation newsletters in March and April, stakeholders were alerted to the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft training products by direct emails to all 547 local governments across Australia, to 74 contacts on the Artibus database who had contributed to related areas of Building Design and Building Surveying, and to 26 RTOs with the unit PUAFIR518 Conduct and record a bushfire attack level (BAL) assessment listed on scope. Two information webinars were conducted on 24 March 2022, with a combined attendance of 13 participants. In addition, using its newsletter the Fire Protection Association of Australia’s alerted its members (approximately 300) to the project.

The predominate feedback was from NSW bushfire consultants. While supporting the qualification as a pathway for those entering the field, and as a pathway to further post graduate studies, they did not support the qualification being recognised in the industry accreditation scheme. Matters of industry accreditation have been referred to the Fire Protection Association of Australia, the agency that administers the accreditation scheme.

Strong feedback was received not to include the unit referring to vulnerable occupants. In consideration of this feedback and on advice from the technical advisory group, this unit has been removed.

After analysis and consideration of feedback, unit titles and content have been adjusted to clarify intended outcomes and the qualification structure and packaging rules have been refined to enhance flexibility.

We encourage you and your colleagues and networks to review the final drafts of the units and qualification. Feedback can be provided via the online feedback survey (link below), or by emailing the project manager directly. See contact details below.

The opportunity to have your say is open until 31 May 2022.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND FEEDBACK
Bushfire Protection Assessment validation feedback

CURRENT PROJECT DOWNLOADS
Bushfire Protection Assessment Case for Change
CPP5XX22 Qualification Diploma of Bushfire Protection Assessment draft
Feedback collation
Units of Competency
PROJECT CONTACT
Contact: Frances Lamb
Project submission date: TBD
Project last updated: May 2022
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