Home' Facility Perspectives : Vol 11 No 3 Contents Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon. Josh
Frydenberg MP says the recommendations will be ‘further considered
by the government, and more analysis will be undertaken’.
Dr Finkel says: ‘The goal is to ensure we have a secure electricity
supply at an affordable price for all Australian consumers’.
He says it is now in the hands of the federal, state and territory
governments to ‘take these recommendations, make decisions, add
detail and drive it forward’.
Urbanise appoints new CEO
Urbanise has announced that the highly respected property industry
leader, Henry Arundel, has been appointed as Chief Executive
Officer commencing in late August. Arundel will also join the Board
Reflective of Urbanise’s growing customer base and opportunities
pipeline in Australasia, Arundel will be based in Sydney, and will
oversee Urbanise’s global operations and strategic growth plans.
Prior to his current role as Executive Manager of Facilities
Management for Ventia Pty Limited, Arundel was the Asia-Pacific
CEO for UGL Services/DTZ, an organisation he led for four years prior
to its acquisition by Cushman & Wakefield.
Join FMA for the Government Asset Management Lunch
Seminar in Victoria
In November 2016, the Auditor-General carried out an audit on the
financial sustainability of the 79 local governments in Victoria. The
report found that across the sector, asset valuation processes require
attention, particularly because some councils do not:
3 provide complete and accurate asset registers that are used for
annual property valuations
3 have sufficient understanding to review and challenge their
3 have appropriate governance measures to identify and mitigate
risks associated with the valuation process.
As many councils in Victoria outsource their maintenance and
facilities management, this is a terrific opportunity to add value to
FM services, and it may provide additional opportunities for future
FM professionals, this is your opportunity to help local councils
with their asset management processes.
Please visit the FMA event page, www.fma.com.au/events/
vicgovernment-asset-management, to book your place.
Sustainability Victoria’s Gas Efficiency Grants
Grants of up to $50,000 will be available for businesses to invest
in gas-related projects, including capital equipment upgrades, non-
routine maintenance and repairs, fuel switching, and improved
metering. These will improve energy productivity and affordability,
support jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
These grants were expected to open in early September, after
Facility Perspectives went to print.
Keep informed about these grants and latest news about
the Boosting Business Productivity program by visiting the
Sustainability Victoria website: www.sustainability.vic.gov.au.
New South Wales Legionella regulations set to change in
Cooling tower specialists have explored the changes set to hit the
New South Wales Legionella regulations. After the 2016 legionnaire’s
disease outbreaks across Sydney, public health investigations found
the management practices of cooling towers wanting. With an expert
panel formed by NSW Health, a number of recommendations were
made and put to industry.
You can read the proposed new regulations and other
requirements set to impact the management of cooling towers in
New South Wales by visiting www.hydrochem.com.au/2017/06/04/
For more details, contact HydroChem’s Sydney office on
02 9792 1444.
Notifiable work requirements: what are they and what do
I need to do?
Notifiable work is common, like everyday plumbing and draining
work performed by plumbers and drainers on existing buildings. If
you are a Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC)
plumbing and drainage licensee, you must always report notifiable
work to the commission.
Notifiable work includes:
3 installing, replacing or removing any electric, gas, solar or heat-
pump hot water heaters
3 installing fixtures, such as toilets, showers and sinks
3 extending, altering, replacing or removing water supply pipes
3 extending, altering, replacing or removing waste pipes
(depending on the placement of the pipework).
Please go to page 54 for more information.
Changes to the Commercial Building Disclosure Program
Changes that were implemented on 1 July 2017 will see the rollout
to lower the threshold of the Commercial Building Disclosure
(CBD) Program from 2000 to 1000 square metres, which will see
an additional 1000 commercial buildings now disclose their energy
efficiency when they sell or lease their property.
Under the changes, a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate will be
required whenever an office space of 1000 square metres or more
is offered for sale or lease, and a current NABERS Energy for offices
rating will need to be included in advertising.
For more information on the CBD Program, please visit
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