Melanie Jackson is a qualified BPAD Level 3 (Bushfire Planning & Design Practitioner). This is currently the highest qualification available for consultants that provide BPAD services.
Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) administers the Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme). The Scheme was first developed and implemented in 2006 in response to demands from the community, government and industry to establish a recognition program for bushfire planning and design (BPAD) Accredited Practitioners to assist the community in undertaking development on land subject to bushfire impact.
The Scheme was designed for individuals (practitioners) delivering bushfire assessment, planning, design and advice services. It accredits practitioners who meet criteria based on specific accreditation and competency requirements, including detailed knowledge of and ability to practically apply the relevant planning, development and building legislation and policies, the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standard AS3959 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas.
The Scheme provides an enhanced level of confidence for government and the community that practitioners providing bushfire planning and design services are accredited by a suitably robust scheme that complies with the State Government’s accreditation framework and is administered by the national peak body for fire safety.
BPAD Accredited Practitioners are recognised by the industry, regulators, fire agencies, end-users and the community as providers of professional bushfire assessment, planning, design and advice services.
Accreditation is a formal acknowledgement by FPA Australia that an Accredited Practitioner has met the requirements of the BPAD Accreditation Scheme. In addition to meeting all of the competency requirements, applicants must ensure key requirements are also met as per the diagram below.
BPAD Level 1 – BAL Assessor
This qualification recognises practitioners who determine Bushfire Attack Levels using simplified methods and advise on the appropriate design and construction requirements.
BPAD Level 2 – Bushfire Planning Practitioner
This qualification recognises practitioners who develop planning and building applications by applying prescribed design requirements in accordance with the local regulatory requirements. This is in addition to the activities described for a Level 1 Practitioner.
BPAD Level 3 – Bushfire Planning and Design Practitioner
This qualification recognises practitioners who develop planning and building applications by developing alternative design solutions (excluding construction provisions) in accordance with the local regulatory requirements. This is in addition to the activities described for Level 1 and 2 Practitioner.