Issue 76 FMA Online, April 2016


CEO Message

Welcome to the August edition of FMA online
Coming out of the federal election the Association is looking forward to connecting with the government through the Departments of Industry: Training and Education,  Environment and Energy and Industry, Innovation and Science.

The recently endorsed Industry Issues paper will be a catalyst for discussions with the various government stakeholders at both a commonwealth and state level. The work of the Knowledge and Advocacy Portfolio Groups is key to these discussions. With the new strategic plan in place, FMA will continue to support and represent the interests of the industry with a clear blueprint driving outcomes across our stakeholder groups.

In June, FMA hosted the most recent ISO meeting, whereas the work of the international committee was able to endorse two parts of the standard to become international standards for use by the industry later this year.
It is an exciting time as industry standards, education and technology are playing a big role in changing the scope of the FM.

Nicholas Burt
Chief Executive Officer


Healthcare and Hospital Design.

Special consideration must be given to the product specifications within the design when building or renovating Australian hospitals and healthcare facilities. 

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) classifies hospitals as Class 9a buildings and contains Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions applicable for this type of construction.


Healthcare and Hospital Design.... read more

The USG Boral solutions to specific requirements.

Special consideration must be given to the product specifications within the design when building or renovating Australian hospitals and healthcare facilities.  


The Building Code of Australia (BCA) classifies hospitals as Class 9a buildings and contains Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions applicable for this type of construction.


Internal walls and ceilings need provision for fire and impact resistance as well as moisture and acoustic control. Other crucial aspects include minimisation of downtime during installation and on-going maintenance of products.


Products that meet all of the specifications, performance factors and installation requirements are necessary for the safe and effective operation of the hospital or healthcare facility. They're also important for the reputation of the architect, specifier and installer involved in the project.


With a focus on what is needed and how it will benefit this category, USG Boral has delivered innovative wall & ceilings solutions to assist product specification and construction in modern Australian hospitals and healthcare facilities.


The voice of experience


“FIBEROCK® is a superior product due to the nature of the composite board. It is easy to work with, it does not crack unlike fibre cement products and when impacted does not get holes unlike plasterboard products, this means that there are no areas for micros such as superbugs to reside... it also means that we do not have to keep going back in to repair holes and cracks, saving considerable time and money in after-build-costs. For any medical buildings the first thing I would say is – use FIBEROCK®.”


Paul Langhorne

Project Manager, Gold Coast University Hospital





The $1.76 billion Gold Coast University Hospital is one of the largest public health infrastructure projects in Australia and a vital component in Queensland Health’s vision to deliver state-of-the art health facilities and services to South East Queensland. USG Boral FIBEROCK® was specified for use in the walls and ceilings, providing a full system solution across both wet and dry areas, assisting in the project being delivered on-time and within budget.


The products that deliver the results that matter.


USG Boral Mars Healthcare ClimaPlus™ Acoustic Ceiling Tiles

This product features a water-repellent membrane designed for durability and safety around common disinfectants. They are impact and scratch resistant and have a washable and soil-resistant finish.


DONN® DX®  Suspension System

Mars™ Climaplus™ tiles can provide a full healthcare acoustic ceiling solution when installed with the DONN® DX® Suspension System. With a high-performance Healthcare Coating, this combination provides a complete economic, simple and versatile system.

For more information: Page B8 of USG Boral Systems+ Catalogue reveals the acoustic rating recommendations contained in UK Health Technical Memorandum HTM 08-01: Acoustics.


USG Boral FIBEROCK® Aqua Tough

This is a versatile, lightweight solution to the specific considerations required in the walls and ceilings of healthcare buildings.

Reduced downtime

FIBEROCK® is suitable for interior lining in wet and dry areas. Using one product allows for single delivery and less handling for a simplified installation and reduced downtime.


Impact resistance and superior noise control

With exceptional impact resistance FIBEROCK® is ideal for high-traffic, high-impact hospital environments. Its high mass provides superior noise control for sound isolation and reducing sound transmission in noisy areas.


Improved infection control

This innovative product is moisture and mould resistant with a smooth and seamless surface finish that is easy to clean and disinfect for improved infection control.


Fire Protection

FIBEROCK® is a two-way fire rated wall system that provides up to 60 minutes (one layer) and 120 minutes (two layers) protection. This satisfies BCA requirements for fire protection within hospitals and other Class 9a buildings.


Ready for the attachment of fixtures

This is an excellent foundation material for attaching a wide range of wall fixtures and often eliminates the need for additional nogs, back blocking or pre- drilling. 


Makes the job easier for architects and installers

FIBEROCK® is a high performance, BCA compliant product that helps to reduce the complexity of specifying for hospitals.


Meeting challenges with informed solutions.

USG Boral understands that architects and construction companies need safer, faster, more effective and less costly ways to build.  They also need innovative products that provide absolute compliance while creating an attractive result. Hospitals and Healthcare facilities require the level of attention to specification that can hold a project back unless the specified products are proven solutions to environmental and legislative challenges. USG Boral can deliver the product range to help our customers deliver the best possible results.



© 2016 USG BORAL. All rights reserved. The trademarks USG BORAL and INNOVATION INSPIRED BY YOU are the trademarks of USG Boral Building Products or one or more of its affiliates. FIBEROCK and DONN DX are trademarks of USG Interiors Pacific Limited and used under license.


New push to improve the energy performance of office buildings in New South Wales

A new campaign aims to lift the energy efficiency of average-performing commercial office buildings in New South Wales.

The ‘No More Average Buildings’ campaign will see a financial support package for energy efficiency offered to owners and managers of office buildings with a National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) energy assessment of three stars or less.

The campaign, a partnership between NABERS and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), is a further push in a sustained effort to lift the energy performance of the state’s commercial office building stock.

For details of the support package offered to owners and managers of buildings rated three star or less visit, email or call 1300 361 967 (ask for the Energy Efficient Business team).

Fire protection in the building industry - Identifying risks and understanding safety measures

If you are an apartment owner in the City of Sydney area, you can save your building money and reduce its environmental impact by participating in the Smart Green Apartments program. The program provides free tailored energy, water and waste assessments and technical support to implement upgrades.

Smart Green Apartment buildings have identified average energy savings of $23,000 per year.

Your building could receive:

  • Tailored energy and water assessments to identify cost-effective improvements and upgrades in common areas
  • Technical support to help implement energy and water efficiency upgrades
  • A waste and recycling operational assessment with tailored solutions
  • An online platform to track and manage your building’s energy and water consumption.

Get in quick – participating is free!  Applications are open now and close at 5pm on Wednesday 28 September 2016.

QLD Infrastructure Policy announced

In March the Queensland Government released the final State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) addressing the State’s future infrastructure needs, with a focus on using resources wisely in partnership with the private sector and implementing a program of reform initiatives.

Announced alongside the plan was an initial $500 million investment into a new State Infrastructure Fund and an intention to deliver the SIP in partnership with industry.

For further information on the SIP please visit

The Census needs your help

Can you imagine an Australia with no apartments? The 2016 Census of Population and Housing needs your help to tell the whole story.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is seeking assistance from managers and agents of secure apartment buildings. Over the coming months you may be asked to provide information or building access to Census field staff, both before and after Census night on 9 August.

Facilities Management Association of Australia supports the 2016 Census. We also encourage our members to assist Census field staff, who have the authority to access the common areas of apartment buildings, including stairwells, corridors and lifts.

For more information, please call the ABS on 9982 6242

Ideaction.2016, National FM Conference & Exhibition 5-8 June 2016

Experts from across a range of specialist areas will be presenting on issues of currency to the industry. There will be panel discussions and debates while topical keynote speakers and site visits are included in an exciting conference program that also offers quality learning and networking opportunities.

Join us at Ideaction.2016 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre as we welcome FMs from around the country and the world to Australia's leading FM convention and exhibition.

For all the information you need about Ideaction.2016 and to register, visit


FM Awards for Excellence nominations opening on 2 May

Every year the FM Industry Awards for Excellence celebrate the many achievements of the individuals and organisations who contribute to the ongoing success of Australian facilities management.

Presented by the Facilities Management Association of Australia, the Awards recognise the very best in innovation and leadership in the management, operation and maintenance of Australia’s built environment across 11 categories while also showcasing a line-up of some of the country’s top entertainers.

Award nominations will be open from Monday 2 May to Monday 1 August 2016 and anyone who is part of the FM industry is invited to nominate. To register your interest in nominating click here.

Bookings are also now open for the Awards Gala Dinner. Join us in supporting your colleagues and your industry. Click here to book your seat or table today.

Government takes new approach to clean and renewable energy innovation in Australia

The Australian Government is establishing a $1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund to support emerging technologies make the leap from demonstration to commercial deployment.

The $1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund will be jointly managed by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), drawing on their complementary experience and expertise. It will provide both debt and equity for clean energy projects.

The refocused agencies will work together to provide capital investment in Australian businesses and emerging clean energy technologies.

For a fact sheet click here

Governments are in denial about population growth and its impact on Australia’s major cities. It’s time to take up the challenge

Sometime over the next three months, Sydney’s population will reach five million. If Melbourne keeps growing at its current pace, by 2020 it too will have five million residents – and it won’t stay that size for long.

New figures published by the Bureau of Statistics last week estimate that in just five years to mid 2015, the number of people living in Melbourne grew by more than 10 per cent. That’s like adding the entire population of Canberra and Queanbeyan in just five years.
If our big cities keep growing at the same pace as in the past five years – Melbourne by 2 per cent a year, Sydney by 1.6 per cent – by 2050 Melbourne will have nine million people, and Sydney almost 8.5 million. Even if Melbourne’s growth slowed to something like Sydney’s pace, over the next fifty years both cities would add roughly a million more people per decade.

They’re not alone. In the past decade, Perth has added almost half a million people, although its growth slowed sharply in 2014–15. Brisbane’s growth has been subdued in recent years, but by 2050, on reasonable projections, both cities will be about the size that Melbourne and Sydney are now.

The numbers are kind of breathtaking. Yet they don’t explain what’s really going on, or the consequences for us now – let alone in the future… Read more.