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FMA launches 2020 Indigenous Scholarship

The Facility Management Association (FMA) is proud to launch the 2020 Indigenous Scholarship for the Diploma of Facilities Management (FM) in partnership with UNE Partnerships, GJK Facility Services and GJK Indigenous Solutions.

The Indigenous Scholarship is open to FMA members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. This year, there will be two full scholarships awarded to the highest-ranked applicants, as determined by the independent judging panel. The scholarships will be presented at the 2020 FM Industry Awards.

To apply, eligible members must complete the Application Form and ask their manager to complete the Employment Nomination Form (both found on the FMA website). Given the demands of (often full-time) work and study, it is recommended that organisations commit to providing some level of support to assist applicants (if successful) in completing the Diploma. This includes nominating a mentor and allowing applicants to dedicate some portion of their work hours towards study.

The Diploma of FM is designed by industry professionals to give people who work in the industry formal recognition and further on-the-job experience. It is undertaken via online learning and must be completed within two years of enrolment.  

“Indigenous people are an important part of the FM community,” said FMA Chief Executive Nicholas Burt. “We are pleased to offer this opportunity as part of our Indigenous Engagement Strategy, which aims to address the systemic disadvantage experienced by Australia's First Peoples.”

"UNE Partnerships is committed to improving education and employment outcomes for Indigenous and regional Australians," said UNE Partnerships CEO Ben Gilmore. "We are proud to partner with FMA to support the Indigenous Scholarship program and we are excited about the prospect of welcoming some incredible new students into the Diploma of FM."

“We are proud to be joint sponsors for this year’s Indigenous Scholarship”, said GJK Facility Services Founder and Managing Director, George Stamas. “I believe businesses can and should help to change people’s lives. One of the reasons Jasmine and I started GJK Indigenous Solutions was to provide opportunities for Aboriginal people through employment and career pathways. Sponsoring the Indigenous Scholarship to undertake the Diploma of FM is just another opportunity pathway.”

Applications for the Indigenous Scholarship are open until 9 October 2020. For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions or contact FMA on 03 8641 6666 or

Apply for the 2020 Indigenous Scholarship!