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More than 500 facilities management professionals came
together on Thursday 16 November at the Grand Hyatt in
Once again, the FM Industry Awards for Excellence were presented
by the Facility Management Association of Australia, and took place
at the beautiful Grand Hyatt, where winners and finalists were
recognised across 10 categories of excellence.
Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Burt says, ‘We knew it would be a
significant event based on the interest very early on, but we could not
prepare ourselves for the success on the night’.
It was an early sell-out event, which highlights its rapidly escalating
importance as both a celebration of the industry, and as a valuable
way to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the designers,
creators and managers of the built environment.
Please see page 10 for the full wrap-up.
The lighting industry welcomes Commonwealth
Government reprieve on damaging new regulations
planned for the industry
Lighting Council of Australia has received a commitment from the
federal government to undertake further industry consultation about
new regulations planned for the lighting industry.
Referring to the Minimum Energy Performance Standards for LED
lights proposal, Lighting Council of Australia CEO Richard Mulcahy
says: ‘We are very relieved that the government looks to have given
Australian industry a stay of execution on this short-sighted and ill-
The latest on this is for the department to ‘undertake additional
consultation with industry, raising obvious questions about the
original consultation process,’ says Mulcahy.
FMA Diversity & Inclusion in the FM Industry Networking
On 2 May 2017, FMA held the second Diversity & Inclusion
Networking Event in Sydney, hosted and sponsored by Cushman &
Wakefield at its O’Connell Street offices. There was a great turnout
for the event, with 82 attendees; it was a full house, and more chairs
had to be brought in as people arrived.
After a welcome drink and canapés on arrival, the attendees
gathered to hear two unique perspectives on diversity, from
James Patterson, CEO of Cushman & Wakefield in Australia and New
Zealand; and Aurora Fonte, Managing Director of Assetlink.
Patterson and Fonte both spoke passionately about their efforts in
driving diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
25th Congress of the International Federation of Hospital
Engineering (IFHE) in Brisbane
The Institute of Healthcare Engineering, Australia (IHEA) is
pleased to invite you to the 25th Congress of the International
Federation of Hospital Engineering (IFHE), to be held 6–11
October 2018 at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
This is a congress relevant to all health facility professionals
from all components of the healthcare industry.
The IHEA offers authors the opportunity to share their
vision and experience on topics that align with the congress
theme ‘Healthcare Engineering – Building on Sustainable
We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane in October 2018.
Submit your abstract now via www.ifhe2018.com.
To book, go to: http://event.icebergevents.com.au/ifhe-2018.
Better Commercial Buildings program – grant applications
Sustainability Victoria is offering funding of up to $30,000 per
building to boost the performance of your commercial building
through the Better Commercial Buildings program. The funding round
is now open to applications.
Some clues that you need to upgrade your building energy
3 your staff/tenants have their own heaters and desk fans to
counteract changing temperatures in the building
3 staff/tenants complain about the temperature and comfort of
3 you notice an increase in staff sick days year on year
3 you have difficulty securing a long-term tenant
3 your building doesn’t already have a NABERS rating.
If you are still unsure, the first phase of the program will include
an energy audit, which will identify and outline the potential
opportunities, and how they can benefit you.
To apply, go to: sustainability.vic.gov.au/betterbuildings.
For further enquiries:
Phone: 03 8626 8700
Important announcement – ISO FM Standards
The FMA will be submitting a proposal to identically adopt the first
two published International Standards in Facilities Management
(ISO 41011 and 41012) as Australian Standards. This move
will mean that the standards will now go through the formal
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