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FACILITY PERSPECTIVES | VOLUME 11 NUMBER 3
2016–17 Facilities Management Industry Census: Trends
and Insights is available now
The fifth in the Facilities Management Industry Census series, this
census explores a number of areas critical to the current and future
state of facilities management in Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian facilities management industry is attracting
more women to its ranks, with 28 per cent of the FM workforce
now female, up from 19 per cent in 2012–13 and jumping from
22 per cent last year, according to the latest FM Industry Census.
The industry is also getting younger, with 38 per cent of practitioners
now aged under 40.
FMA Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Burt says the results reflect
a ‘changing industry’ that is attracting a broader talent base. ‘Access
to the data captured through this year’s census will allow the
Association to map a five-year trend in some important areas,’
Members can download an e-copy for free from the FMA
FM Industry Awards for Excellence
Join us on 16 November 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne for
the FM Industry Awards Gala Dinner as we highlight the best in
As Australia’s premier celebration of the industry, the FM
Industry Awards for Excellence has been growing steadily year by
year. The awards bring industry leaders, practitioners, suppliers and
clients together to celebrate and pay tribute to a year of innovation
To secure your place, visit www.fma.com.au/events/fm-
The Victorian Government establishes Cladding
Taskforce to address fire risk in buildings
The Victorian Cladding Taskforce will oversee the continuing audit,
which began after the Lacrosse Building fire at the Docklands in
2014, and investigations into the extent of noncompliant cladding on
The task force will be chaired by former Premier and architect,
Ted Baillieu, and former Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning,
Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, says that the
Commonwealth also has a role to play, and that they will ‘keep
pushing the federal government to better detect nonconforming
products entering Australia’.
Co-Chair Ted Baillieu says that noncompliant cladding is a ‘critical
public safety issue’.
Key agencies to be involved with the task force are WorkSafe
Victoria, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, the Victorian Building
Authority, the Municipal Association of Victoria and Emergency
Find out more on page 50.
Fair go for SMEs with new Payment Code
The government has recently introduced Australia’s first voluntary
national code of fair payment to encourage all businesses to pay their
small business suppliers on time.
The Australian Supplier Payment Code (ASPC) has been
administered by the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC),
and came into effect 1 July 2017.
By signing up to the ASPC, businesses will agree to pay small and
medium-sized suppliers within 30 days of receiving a tax invoice, and
not to change the settlement period without a valid reason.
By becoming a signatory, businesses will be recognised as an
organisation that values and is committed to commercial relationships
at all levels. The FMA and VSBC encourage businesses of all sizes to
become signatories to show their leadership on this important issue.
You can find out more on page 10, or at
Update on the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel project
The Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel project is Victoria’s biggest-ever
public transport infrastructure project, and will bring five new stations
to Melbourne, at Arden, Parkville, the CBD and Domain.
There will be changes to the transport network during the
construction of the Metro Tunnel. To help organisations to manage
these impacts, the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) is
offering tailored support and advice for facilities managers impacted
by the project.
To find out more, contact MMRA’s Your Journey team
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, sign up for Your Journey business updates and
information at www.metrotunnel.vic.gov.au/yourjourney.
Australia’s Chief Scientist releases blueprint to secure
Australia’s energy future
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, has presented the government
with the Finkel Review, which gives 50 recommendations to improve
the reliability of Australia’s energy market.
‘The blueprint released today presents the essential elements for
a strategic plan for our electricity future,’ says Dr Finkel. The Finkel
Review was ordered by the COAG Energy Council after statewide
blackouts in South Australia on 28 September 2016.
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