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representative of the membership and
developed for the industry.
We have six portfolio groups:
The Advocacy Portfolio Group touches the
breadth of the Association. The group, which
has six active members, is responsible for
the development and monitoring of the
Association’s advocacy role – core to the
FMA’s representative position.
Although there are few tangible outputs,
the outcomes derived from this group
support the work of the entire organisation.
A key deliverable for the group was the
development of a Facilities Management
Industry Agenda. The agenda outlines the
five key areas of focus for the Association,
which include recognition of facilities
management; sustainability; skills and
education; performance and productivity;
and research and innovation. This document
enables communication with government
and other key stakeholders on the issues that
would drive future industry development.
The group also supports representation
on a range of forums that impact facilities
management, including the Commercial
Building Disclosure Forum, NABERS
Stakeholder Advisory Committee and a range
of standards development committees.
During the last financial year, the
Association has developed a number of formal
policy positions. The group both proactively
and responsively reviews policy issues, and
works with the national office team to ensure
that the Association has positions on key
issues, and that it communicates these to all
The group has ensured that the
Association has a strong connection to public
The Building Information Modelling in
Facilities Management (BIM-FM) Group was
established in November 2015 to provide
information leadership in the application of
BIM in the context of facilities management.
The group looks at ways of applying
strategic, tactical and operational data and
information in the efficient and effective
operation of facility services.
One of the aims is to give FM
practitioners, and the wider property and
BIM industries, the framework to categorise
the relevant and appropriate information and
data exchange from new-build and major
capital works into FM and operations.
Launched in 2013, the Diversity Portfolio
Group (DPG) was established to provide a
mechanism for the industry to specifically
address a range of imbalances within the FM
industry, with an initial focus on gender and
Diversity and inclusion are important, and
are thankfully growing, cultural aspects of
our professional lives. As such, the DPG will
roll out initiatives throughout the year to
promote our diverse culture, with an aim to
increase awareness and participation among
FMA members and associated companies.
To date, the DPG has made some
progressive and purposefully staged steps
towards this goal, including:
3 creation of a strategic plan
3 completion of the FMA’s Diversity &
3 launch of the DPG through FMA
3 diversity and inclusion networking
3 diversity profiles in Facility Perspectives
Keep an eye out for future communications
about upcoming events and publications. Full
details can be found on the FMA website.
Diversity and inclusion is about all of us
Over the past 12 months, the Education
Portfolio Group’s focus has been on the
Diploma of FM. This project introduced a
new Education Partner, UNE Partnerships,
which has a recognised history of delivering
quality education across Australia. The aim
was to settle in the program and ensure
continuity of delivery to support industry.
The Association supports equal availability of
the course for all industries across Australia
and our international partners.
Maintaining a standard of national
accessible education in our industry was of
key importance. The FM Industry Census
reflects that most facilities management
professionals are degree educated or from a
trade background. With this in mind, it was
important for the Association to refresh the
materials for the purpose of alignment with
industry needs and best practice. With this
stage achieved, we are seeking the support
of industry and government to re-accredit
the program on the national register.
As the accreditation process begins,
the focus is turned to a certificate-level
qualification that will support entry-level for
school leavers and facilities officers. Using
research and resources throughout the
development of the diploma, an outline for
this certificate was developed and is ready
The aim is to meet industry needs and
develop the competencies and skills as
addressed in the group’s matrix to build a
foundation for the FM professional. These
outcomes will support the growth of a
more resilient, qualified and skilled facilities
Knowledge is the cornerstone for industry
development, and it has long been
identified as a key focus area for the FMA.
Guided by a clear framework, the FMA’s
Knowledge Portfolio Group furthers the
development, distribution and retention of
relevant knowledge on behalf of the facilities
The core objectives have been developing
new knowledge through research,
promoting good practice and supporting
the measurement of quality in the industry.
The group has established a structure and
process for peer-reviewed research, as well
as a procedure for the development of Good
Practice Guides (GPGs), and significant
progress has been made in establishing an
ongoing benchmarking scheme to measure
industry performance. The group is also
responsible for the FM Industry Census and
the FM Salary Survey.
Recent GPGs include the FM for Multi-
Unit Residential guide, with the Waste
Management guide being launched shortly,
which will be available on the FMA website.
Planned GPGs include an edition on Building
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