Issue 75 FMA Online, October 2015


CEO Message

Welcome to FMA online.  As the association moves to the National Annual General meeting, to be held on 19 November in Melbourne, all members eligible to vote will by now have recieved notification of the meeting and the agenda.  

The Board is currently in the process of completing the strategic review and the development of its next strategic plan. More details will come through as the plan is finalised, in the interim it is worth noting that as education is central to the future development of the profession and the industry, this will feature predominantly within the plan. Feedback on the plan will be sought prior to final endorsement by the Board.

Coming up again are the FM Industry Awards for Excellence and the opportunity to relax with industry colleagues and acknowledge the outstanding and notable work of facilities management. It is an indication of the respect the Awards have within the industry that for the first time, the Gala Dinner is sold out. If you are not attending, I recommend reviewing the details of the projects involved this year, which will feature in the December issue of Facility Perspectives. As always the calibre of submissions was high and worth a look.

The Global FM annual general meeting was also held in conjunction with the World Workplace conference in Denver in early October. Global FM continues to grow and provide tangible benefits to its member associations. The recent engagement of a global impact study of facilities management will provide some key information for both the local Australian market and other member countries. The launch of the study is imminent and provides relevant and timely information about facilities management in Australia.  FMA members will have access to this information through our website.

The recent elections at a State level for branch committees resulted in 14 new people joining the various committees.  As committees, the branches are responsible for working with National office to deliver a range of events for members in each State. The profile of committees in on the website and available for members.  The committees always welcome feedback from members, so please contact them.

The call for papers is about to be released for Ideaction.2016, which will be in Melbourne for the first time since 2009. The theme is 'Leading the change' and the focus will include technology, future industry outlook and the importance of information. Abstracts are sought for research, case studies and lightning presentations. This changed format will ensure that issues requiring greater detailed discussion and presentation are able to be accommodated within the program. The program will be released in late January, while the Conference will run from 5-8 June 2016.

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General News

Join the Diversity Portfolio Group

The Diversity Portfolio Group is seeking interested FMA members who would like to join.  

Launched in 2013, the Group was established to provide a mechanism for the industry to specifically address a range of imbalances within the FM industry. It has a national focus that is not restricted by geographical regions of representation. Meetings are generally undertaken via teleconference (although Melbourne based participants may attend National office).

Please note, there is an expectation that members of the Diversity Portfolio Group will have the capacity to attend meetings and actively participate in a major initiative of the Group, which is to establish a mentoring program over the next 12 months. The highest level of engagement required will be in the next 3 – 6 months as we launch the program.

If you are interested in joining the Group and being part of an exciting initiative that can make a real difference to the future of our association and profession, please complete the Portfolio groups nomination form.

Education Group reviews Diploma

A key focus of the FMA during the second half of the year has been the review of the Diploma of Facilities Management.  

The Diploma, is key to education for facilities management professionals, and is now in its fifth year of delivery. In an industry such as facilities management, where there have been a number of changes, it is vital to the ongoing skills supply for the industry that the Diploma continues to deliver relevant and timely content. A committed group of members through the Education Portfolio Group has supported the process and provided the critical industry feedback required to keep content up to date. A recent workshop of the group explored a range of areas that included pathways to further education, market focus and industry recognition links to other courses. A formal announcement will be made when the review is completed to ensure arrangements related to delivery are available to the industry.

If you are interested in finding out more about the revised Diploma, email for information updates.

Committee Snapshots

VIC Branch Committee

Following the Victorian AGM on 21 August 2015 a new branch committee was elected comprising the following members:

Christopher Chuah (Chair)
Laurie Reeves (Vice Chair)
Ian Gardner (Secretary)
Frank Jardim (Finance & Sponsorship)
Richard Pratten
Louise Rowe
Katarina Djopa
Sharon Pollard
Lou La Delfa
Eric Giammario
Antoni Pisa
Rob Di Pasquale

A strategy session was held on the  24 September (see photo) to focus on the key deliverables of the committee, an update will be provided to the membership next month. With IDEACTION 2016 returning to Melbourne next year the committee see it as a great opportunity to showcase FM in Victoria. 

FMA Victoria Branch is running four key events over 2015-16.:

•    FMA/BSCAA Footy Lunch – held 1 October 2015
•    Christmas Cocktail Party – December 2015
•    FMA Golf Day – February 2016
•    World FM Day Lunch – June 2016

In addition the Vic Branch will be establishing throughout the year strategic and technical briefings/lunches on key FM trends, and conducting site visits of prominent Victorian sites of interest. The first site visit is scheduled for mid November, details to follow shortly. 

It is going to be a busy and exciting year ahead for Victoria, and the committee looks forward to engaging with existing members as well as welcoming new members and sponsors to the FMA.

SA Branch Committee

The SA committee will be conducting a number of site inspections over the coming months to key projects such as the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide Airport development and a roof top tour of new Adelaide CBD buildings.  Planning is also under way for a seminar on areas of legislative change relating to working at heights and Building codes that will affect FM operations. We also look foward to inviting FMs to a social function within Adelaide in the near future.

The focus of the committee this year will be to deliver quality events which will enhance our membership base and provide a greater opportunity of networking within Adelaide.

The committee for the 2015/16  year is stable with many existing members continuing, however we are always looking for new members to be a part of the committee. If you are interest your are invited to contact SA Chair Graeme Dolman at 

QLD Branch Committee

The Qld Committee AGM held on 16 September 2016, considered and ratified two committee nominations.  Phil Hancock, Manager Facilities Aurizon, and Clint Francis, Operations Manager Riverside Centre The GPT Group, were successful and all positions on the Qld Committee are filled. Both members have excellent experience in facilities management and will complement the existing hard working team structure and skills. 

The 2016 event schedule has been discussed and being finalised for progression to National Office this month.

Our next event is the Networking Golf Day 13 November 2015 at the Indooroopilly Golf Club. This is a great day and presents a excellent opportunity to network and improve professional connections across a wide variety of companies. We look foward to seeing you there!


Working at Heights PD Seminars

With changes to the Industrial Fall Arrest Systems and Devices Standard AS/NZS1891 Parts 1 to 3 currently being drafted for release in January 2016, the FMA will be conducting a series of professional development seminars, offering facilities managers the opportunity to get up to speed with the current legislative and standard requirements.
FMA Standards Committee representative, Carl Sachs will provide a  review of the changes while lawyers, Thomson Geer, will offer guidance on the legal ramifications along with current case studies illustrating the risks and outcomes. 

The seminars are designed to provide FMs with an overview of the Standard and the proposed changes, how it fits legislatively with current practices and the enforcement implications.

The PD seminars are to be held in Melbourne on 12 November, and in Sydney on 26 November. The seminar will be held Queensland, WA, and ACT early in the new year, while dates for SA and Tasmania are yet to be confimed.

For more information please email 

FMA welcomes new government line up

One of the initial acts of the new the Turnbull Government was the appointment of Jamie Briggs as the Minister for Cities and the Built Environment. This was a welcome move, marking a clear recognition of the importance of the role of facilities management in the economy, given the operational phase of the built environment makes up about 70%-80% of the life cycle cost and has a significant impact on the ongoing productivity of workspaces and health and well being in all facilities.

FMA is working to meet with a range of Ministers relevant to the industry over the coming weeks, having already met with the Minister for Science Hon Karen Andrews, Assistant Minister for Science. Discussions centered around industry skills development as it directly relates to her portfolio as part of the STEM skills area (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). This is emerging as a major focus of skill requirements in the Australian economy.


FM Industry Census 2014-15 to be released shortly

For the third year in a row, the soon to be released Facilities Management Industry Census: Trends and Insights report, will identify and explore the issues, influences and emerging trends across a number of areas critical to the current and future state of the industry in Australia and New Zealand.

Following an extensive survey designed to gauge the perceptions of participants engaged in FM activities the Census is a vital tool in the promotion of a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. Undertaken in collaboration with Programmed Facility Management, the report  will be available in soft copy in late November.

If you wish to obtain a copy, please email

The Census Survey for the 2016 Census will be launched in early February 2016.

FM Industry Awards Sold Out

For the first time the FM Industry Awards for Excellence have sold out. 

The National Awards program recognises leadership and innovation within facilities management. They attract nominations from across the country and the industry that highlight the people and projects who are making a difference in a range of areas and across 10 categories of excellence.

For a full wrap of this year's Awards and an overview of the winners and finalists, make sure you get a copy of the December Facility Perspecitives, to be released following the Awards on 19 November.

The FMA thanks our Awards Partners