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BPAD - Level 3 Accreditation - BPAD Accredited Bushfire Practitioner Paola RickardQualifications
LFA Managing Partner Paola Rickard holds a Graduate Diploma in Design for Bush Fire Prone Areas with Distinction from the University of Western Sydney and is a Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) – Level 3 Accredited Practitioner, which is the highest accreditation level.  

The Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA) has in place the Bushfire Planning and Design Accreditation Scheme (BPAD), which is recognised by the NSW Rural Fires Services (RFS).  

BPAD Bushfire Accredited Practitioner
BPAD Bushfire Accredited Practitioner
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Paola Rickard is a BPAD - Level 3 Accredited Practitioner (no. BPAD-21855) and is listed on the FPA Australia web site register.  BPAD - Level 3 Accredited Practitioner can undertake both deemed to satisfy and alternate or performance-based solution assessments.

bushfire risk assessments reports by BPAD Accredited Bushfire Practitioner

High Quality Expertise
Paola has extensive experience in the compilation of bushfire risk assessments, which she has been undertaking since 2003.  

These include:

  • Bushfire risk assessments (both deemed to satisfy and performance-based) for infill development (eg. single dwellings) as per s.79BA of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) 
  • Bushfire risk assessments required for Subdivision or Special Fire Protection Purposes developments, which are undertaken under s.100B of the Rural Fires Act 1997.
  • BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) Risk Assessment Certificates
  • Bushfire Compliance Certificates - Determining compliance with given Bushfire conditions of consent
  • Village Protection Plans
  • Conformance Certificates for infill development -  When infill development complies with the acceptable solutions, Paola, as a BPAD accredited consultant recognised by the NSW Rural Fire Service, can provide conformance certificate stating that the development conforms to the relevant specifications and requirements

LFA has also assisted Ballina Shire Council to develop a set of bushfire-protection assessment guidelines and associated conditions for events occurring on public land, which can be applied by event applicants to ensure adequate bushfire protection measures are implemented for such events when they occur on bushfire prone land.

Industry Membership and Networks

LFA is a bronze corporate member of FPA Australia.  Paola is a participating member of the FPA Australia Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) /20 Bushfire Safety  The TAC provides a nationally focused forum for discussion between practitioners, fire services and regulators on the design and construction of property in areas prone to bushfires.   

Paola has been appointed as a BPAD member and secretary to the NSW Bushfire Working Group (NSWBWG) set up by FPA Australia.  The NSWBWG provide a forum to discuss the application, interpretation and periodic review of NSW Government-based bushfire related regulatory requirements governing land use planning and building construction in areas subject to bushfire impact.  
As a member of the TAC/20 & the NSWBWG, LFA has direct access to resources and bushfire professionals’ expertise including other PBAD practitioners and senior Rural Fire Services staff.