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Australia and Singapore to expand cooperation on
standards to boost bilateral trade and investment, and
open up market opportunities
In July, Standards Australia and SPRING Singapore, Australia's and
Singapore's national standards bodies, signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) to establish a formal framework to
strengthen, promote and develop cooperation on standardisation
and related activities.
A key element of the MoU is for both parties to harmonise
standards in mutually agreed high-priority sectors, with an initial
focus on the building and construction sector, and the functional
food sector. Greater parity and alignment in the adoption, use
and application of business-friendly standards will reduce market
participation and operating costs for both Australian and Singaporean
exporters and investors.
It is anticipated that closer cooperation and greater alignment
of standards will greatly assist in reducing non-tariff barriers
to trade, along with other trade concerns caused by differing
FMA moves office
Following two years of ongoing review and change, including the
recent launch of a new logo and website, the FMA has moved
office. While the limitations of the old office space restricted the
amount of change that the National Office could achieve, the new
downsized space will better meet the organisation's refocused
direction and resourcing needs. Located in Docklands Melbourne,
the contemporary office will allow the association to adapt to new
styles of working, and will ultimately provide better outcomes for
To follow the FMA's move, a series of articles will appear in
Facility Perspectives over the coming year. See page 63 for
the first instalment.
Diploma under review
The Diploma of Facilities Management accreditation expired on
30 June 2015, and the FMA has taken the opportunity to
undertake an accreditation review of the program in line with
common practice, whereby educational programs are reviewed
every five years. During the review period, the Diploma will not be
taking new enrolments, while those currently enrolled have a set
period of time to complete the Diploma through Holmesglen.
The FMA Education Portfolio Group is undertaking the review
and providing industry consultation to ensure that the course meets
best practice. The revised course material will be completed by
December 2015, and new enrolments will commence in early 2016.
For more information about the review process, or if you
wish to receive course availability updates, please email
State of Australian Cities 2014--2015 report now
The Australian Government has released the State of Australian
Cities 2014--2015 report. Since 2010, these reports have
examined the progress
of our cities, and have
provided insight into
the vital role that they
play in the growth of
our economy. The
report looks at the
drivers behind some of
the public policy issues
facing the country today
and into the future.
To download a copy
of the report, visit
gov.au and follow
FMA supports ASBEC's calls for new investment in
Following the release of the Australian Government's State of
Australian Cities 2014--2015 report, the Australian Sustainable Built
Environment Council (ASBEC) has called for new investment in our
cities and recommended renewed action by all governments to
increase the productivity, prosperity and livability of Australia's cities.
ASBEC has called on the government to provide national
leadership and coordination through a Minister for Cities
supporting urban infrastructure investment, with state and territory
governments delivering projects, and planning and measuring
success through clear indicators.
For more information and a copy of the ASBEC Policy
Overview and fact sheets, visit www.asbec.asn.au/news.
EECA renews NABERSNZ licence
In June 2015, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
(EECA) in New Zealand renewed its licence for the NABERS
program until 2020.
There have been 28 NABERSNZ ratings certified since the
program's launch in 2012. The highest-performing New Zealand
building identified so far is the NZI Centre in Auckland, which
achieved a 5.5 star Energy rating.
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