Fire Safety Adviser

Fire Safety Adviser

In July 2008 new Building Fire Safety Regulations were introduced into Queensland. These regulations require the appointment of a Fire Safety Adviser for high occupancy buildings.*

* High occupancy buildings include any of the following:

  • Class 2, 3, 5, 6, 7b, 8, 9a or 9b buildings that are workplaces where 30 or more workers are normally employed.
  • Class 2 or 3 buildings that are more than 25 metres in height.
  • Class 6 or 9b buildings that the commissioner has decided are at risk licensed buildings under section 104KD of the Fire Service Act.

The new regulations represent a significant increase in obligations for managers and occupants of buildings, specifically in relation to appointing Fire Safety Advisers, evacuation training exercises, maintenance of safety installations, evacuation signs on doors and walls, evacuation routes, written emergency management plans and record keeping.

Program Overview

The Fire Safety Adviser has a responsibility to:

  • be familiar with all aspects of building fire safety;
  • provide advice to the occupier to ensure that appropriate emergency planning has taken place; and
  • provide advice to the occupier to ensure that appropriate instruction is carried out at the prescribed times and intervals.

This program is designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to assume the role and responsibilities of a Fire Safety Adviser.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the Fire Safety Adviser
  • Develop an understanding of the Legislation pertaining to fire safety
  • Identify fire safety installations/equipment in a building
  • Develop an awareness and understanding of maintenance and records pertaining to fire safety
  • Develop risk management strategies
  • Understand the emergency planning process
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of emergency control organisation members
  • Understand the role and functions of the emergency planning committee
  • Operate fire extinguishers
  • Conduct and evaluate evacuation exercises and fire drills

How is the course run?

The Fire Safety Adviser course is both theoretical and practical in structure. Training is conducted in the classroom over a period of three consecutive days for those who book a dedicated course delivery.  Students in the Fire Safety Adviser course are required to perform practical activities throughout the duration of the course, as well as a workplace assignment.

For those undertaking the online study option, you will be required to complete questions and assignments, as well as provide us with recorded evidence of conducting an evacuation simulation, as well as simulating the use of fire-fighting equipment.


Units of Competency

  • PUAWER001B - Identify, prevent and report potential workplace emergency situations
  • PUAWER002B - Ensure workplace emergency prevention procedures, systems and processes are implemented
  • PUAWER003B - Manage and monitor workplace emergency, procedures, equipment and other resources
  • PUAWER004B - Respond to workplace emergencies
  • PUAWER005B - Operate as part of an emergency control organisation
  • PUAWER006B - Lead an emergency control organisation
  • PUAWER007B - Manage an emergency control organisation
  • PUAWER008B - Confine small workplace emergencies 

Can previous study and experience be taken into account? (RPL)

Yes, your history of study, skills and experience can be taken into account but it must support the performance criteria set out in the units of competency. Documentary evidence and interview will be required.

Assistance with reading, writing or mathematics

We can provide support in some areas. Where we cannot, we will provide direction to other agencies who may be able to assist.


What will I receive at the conclusion of the course?

Participants who demonstrate competency by passing both written and practical assessments will receive a Statement of Attainment. Refresher training is required every three years to maintain the Fire Safety Adviser accreditation.


Course Venue & Equipment

Where courses are conducted on-site then a suitable venue, data projector and white board are to be provided by the client company. The venue shall have sufficient space for the participants to be seated comfortably for the duration of training. Any catering costs shall be borne by the client company. Please contact us to discuss alternate arrangements if there is any difficulty in providing these facilities and equipment.


Additional Costs and Expenses

Where a dedicated course is delivered outside the immediate Cairns or Townsville area additional costs will be applicable. Any air fares, travel, accommodation, meals and materials freight incurred in the provision of this training will be on -charged. Mileage will be charged at 80¢ (plus GST) per kilometre and traveling time will be charged at our standard rates. Please contact us for a formal quotation for courses conducted outside of Cairns or Townsville.


How do I enrol in the course?

Please note there is no public face-to-face delivery scheduled at this time; however you may enrol in online, self-paced study to gain your Fire Safety Adviser at any time. Simply click on the enrol now button to enrol in this program of study.

How do I book a dedicated course?

A group course may be booked for your organisation, for up to 10 participants. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a course. Dates will be scheduled at the time of a signed booking approval, and will be subject to trainer availability.



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