Issue 72 FMA Online, December 2014


CEO Message

As the end of another busy year draws near, I stop to reflect on the list of FMA’s achievements during 2014. The highlights include the establishment of a new professional development program, more than 60 members’ events and industry events, key research projects, and the visual impact of a new logo and brand, just to name a few.

With growing member engagement, the Association is set to continue to build value for members in 2015 with a range of projects that will significantly change how the Association ‘does business’. Until then, on behalf of the National Board and the staff at FMA, I would like to wish you a happy and safe festive season.

We look forward to working with you again in 2015.

Nicholas Burt
Chief Executive Officer

General News

FMA Advocacy and Policy roundup for 2014

2014 has been a busy year on the policy and advocacy front for FMA. In particular, with the Australian Government’s increased focus on energy, the Association has put considerable effort into a range of program areas, focusing on ensuring the best possible outcome for the industry and wider community.

Government undertakings of significant interest, and where the FMA provided strong representation for the FM industry, included:
  • development of the Emissions Reduction Fund and Methods of Determination
  • development of the Energy White Paper (expected due date late 2014)
  • review of the Renewable Energy Targets (released August 2014)
  • review of the Commercial Building Disclosure Program (final report expected March 2015)
  • submission to include facilities management professionals in the 2015/16 Skilled Occupation List
  • amendments to the National Construction Code, particularly amendments to Section J
  • review and update of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (updated July 2014).

Over the year, other Association policy and advocacy activities have included:

  • increasing awareness around the role and value of facilities management through participation in the development of the international standards for facilities management
  • development of a policy position for the role of FM in the context of ISO activities
  • promoting the role of FM in the design of operationally cost-effective facilities through involvement with the Australian Construction Industry Forum and via the Pre-Budget Submission
  • encouraging better education, training and careers in FM through the development of career and education pathways
  • encouraging the development and promotion of industry knowledge through the Knowledge Framework.

These activities ensure that FMA is on track to improve the standard and capability of the industry, as well as increasing recognition within government and related industries of the value and importance of FM, and improving the level of influence that the industry has on policy affecting the built environment.

FMA is committed to supporting and representing the facilities management industry, and is looking forward to continuing its efforts to further strengthen the FM industry in the New Year.

Standard development continues on international stage

FMA has been actively involved in the ISO developments regarding facilities management. Along with 22 other countries, Australia has taken a leadership role in ensuring that the industry in Australia is well represented. At both a plenary and a working group level, FMA has provided solid input and used local examples to back up the importance of including various concepts within the two sections currently being drafted – those being the terms and definitions, and the guidance in service agreement preparation.

In 2015, these two documents will progress to industry consultation phase, and FMA will likely hold workshops to seek feedback from stakeholders across the industry.

Industry Census identifies emerging trends

The 2013–2014 Industry Census has been well received by the FM industry. Undertaken by FMA in collaboration with Programmed Facility Management, the Census provides an annual snapshot of the industry, exploring critical areas relating to the current and potential future state of FM. For the first time, the Census included New Zealand, with the support of FMANZ.

The Census was recently launched around the country in a series of industry presentations that highlighted key findings as they relate to ongoing and emerging issues. These include the increasing importance that the industry places on female participation rates, the impact of age and education, and the need for well-defined career pathways. Procurement, contracting and perceptions of competitive advantage also feature, while a broad range of structural issues, such as ‘Health and Safety’, ‘Energy Management’ and ‘Adoption of Technology’, are also canvassed, highlighting relative shifts in importance placed on segments of the industry, depending on whether you are a practitioner, a purchaser or a supplier.

Now in its second year, the Census is showing emerging trends across the Australian industry, and has set an important baseline for assessing future trends affecting the New Zealand industry as they will emerge in surveys.

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The industry celebrates excellence at 2014 FM Awards

Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients of the FM Industry Awards for Excellence. Once again, this major celebration of industry achievement highlighted the great work and significant successes achieved by individuals, teams and organisations who strive for excellence across the industry throughout the year.

Highlights included the presentation of Facilities Manager of the Year to Rebecca Yearsley, Contract Manager for Transport Shared Services, DTZ; and Young Achiever of the Year to Basel El-Ahmadieh, Facilities Manager Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Along with nearly 400 FMs representing some of the industry’s most influential organisations, it was also an honour to welcome Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Josh Frydenberg.

Award Partners


ideaction.2015 sets eyes on changing the game in Adelaide

The facilities management industry will come to together in Adelaide from 24–27 May 2015 to share information and build knowledge at ideaction.2015, the Facilities Management National Conference and Exhibition.

The theme for the 2015 conference, ‘Changing the Game’, articulates the constant need for the industry to proactively approach the many challenges it faces, including advances in technology, changes to legislation, and shifts in community expectations.

The conference will feature presentations on a range of key areas that currently, and will continue to, affect and influence the industry, including research papers, strategic and technological innovation, public policy and education-related topics.

The host city, Adelaide, is also a great example of a built environment that is ‘Changing the Game’, with many new and upgraded facilities available to visit during the conference. ideaction.2015 will also be one of the first conferences to be held in the newly rebuilt Adelaide Convention Centre.

Join FMA and the industry at ideaction.2015 – earlybird bookings are now open. To register, or for more information, click here