Who We Are

Our Story

When we opened the doors to Form1, in Newcastle, in 1998 we were a small and ambitious team of fire protection specialists. When you meet us today you’ll discover a confident group of professionals who are passionate about people and serious about safety.

At Form1 we educate everyday people to make smarter choices, lead our industry with intent by training world-class safety leaders and provide quality safety solutions to help you protect your greatest assets.

From fire safety to air conditioning and electrical services, our knowledge, reliability and efficiency enables us to build strong and trusted relationships across a range of industries, including public hospitals and private hospital groups, multi-site aged-care organisations, educational, commercial and industrial facilities.

“When I started Form1 I wanted not to be the biggest company in the industry, I wanted to be the best,” says CEO, Steve Shirlaw. “I wanted to create a business where our staff looked after each other and genuinely cared about our clients. A place with a strong network of subcontractors and suppliers and ultimately, I want to make a difference to people’s lives.”

Our Clients

Clients typically come to Form1 after they’ve been exposed to risk and forced to make expensive decisions. With the right education we save our customers time, money and stress. On a daily basis we consult, design, supply, install, maintain, certify and deliver cost-effective fire, air and electrical solutions with ongoing maintenance contracts and we’re proud to say, many of our clients have been with us since day one.

Our teams have extensive experience dealing with large private and government-based institutions and we understand the importance of confidentiality and security within these environments. We also provide our clients with direct lines of communication to all our staff, from our CEO to technicians and apprentices.

“People, relationships and safety sit at the heart of everything we do,” adds Steve. “From our office staff to our teams in the field, clients, subcontractors and suppliers, our number one focus has always been our people – the quality of their work as well as their wellbeing. My dream is that every individual who comes into contact with Form1 is inspired to thrive.

“We know, with the right education we can empower everyday people to make smarter choices. By sharing our knowledge, and training a generation of world-class safety leaders, I believe we have the opportunity to enhance safety and wellbeing on a global scale.”

Click here to read a personal letter from our CEO, Steve Shirlaw.


Cool stuff happened the year we were born…

  • Microsoft became the biggest company in the world valued at $261bn on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Apple computer launched the iMac.
  • BMW purchased Rolls-Royce cars for $570 million.
  • The biggest airport in the world opened in Hong Kong.
  • The final episode of Seinfeld was aired on TV.


Just because we love stats…

22 – The number of years Andy has been working at Form1. Andy was our first apprentice.
109 The number of people who call Form1 work. 87 of our staff are boys and 22 are girls.
9Apprentices with 4 additions coming in January, 2021.
160 – The number of nursing homes we’ve serviced in Australia.
65 – The number of Form1 cars on our roads.

*Stats | January 2021.

At Form1 we are extremely proud of what we call the Form1 Difference. Learn more here.