Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt hosted more than 575 facilities management (FM) professionals who came together from all over Australia to celebrate the FM Industry Awards for Excellence.
Presented by the Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA), the Awards turn the spotlight on an industry that works tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to ensure the safety, security and sustainability of our built environment.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivered a message via letter, which highlighted the importance of the FM industry to the Australian economy.
“Most Australians aren’t aware of the FM industry because you make running our buildings and complexes look so easy,” he said.
Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp, who presented the People & Productivity Award, acknowledged the central role the FM industry plays in reducing carbon emissions in Australia’s building sector.
Hosted by Sammy J and featuring Australian musician Daryl Braithwaite, the awards have been a sell-out event for the past four years.
FMA CEO Nicholas Burt was thrilled to see the level of enthusiasm for the awards continue to grow again this year.
“It was an outstanding night,” he said. “But the significance of the evening goes beyond the celebrations. The awards highlight the importance of the FM industry and allow us to learn from the success and innovation of others.”
FMA chairman Kristiana Greenwood said: “The entrants were outstanding and their contribution to our industry is invaluable. The popularity of this event reflects the incredibly important role facilities management now plays, especially in our constantly shifting future.”
The FMA was excited to welcome International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) as the sponsor of the Diversity Award. This government initiative aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, and celebrate their achievements and contributions. The Australian Government supported the awards as part of its IDPwD celebrations.
The awards celebrated excellence in FM across nine categories, including sustainability, productivity, innovation and diversity. The night also raised $20,000 for the FMA’s charity partner The Kids’ Cancer Project.
Congratulations to the winners:
Facilities Manager of the Year
David Scarce – Broadspectrum Property
Young Achiever of the Year
Joseph Dumbrell – Broadspectrum Property
Leadership in Diversity in Industry
Kristy Megaw – Cushman & Wakefield
Excellence in FM
HFM Asset Management
RMIT University Property Services Group
Spotless Management Services
Switch Automation & Austec Building
Occupant Safety & Wellbeing
People & Productivity
University of Melbourne
Sustainability & Environmental Impact