FMA launches Accessibility Policy

Facility Management Association of Australia launches first Accessibility Policy.

The Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA) has launched its first Accessibility Policy on International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).

The policy, which was developed by the Diversity Portfolio Group, seeks to create a more inclusive facilities management industry by raising awareness and engagement on disability and accessibility.

Approximately one in five Australians live with a disability. This could restrict their mental, sensory or mobility functions, and could be temporary or permanent, visible or invisible. Disabilities can affect all aspects of a person’s life, including in the workplace.

The Accessibility Policy outlines how FMA can foster an environment where members and employers are supported, educated and provided with the right tools to make their facilities and workplaces more accessible.

FMA CEO Nicholas Burt said, “Facilities managers can play an important role in breaking down the physical barriers for people with disabilities and creating a more inclusive society.”

FMA diversity portfolio group co-chairs Leanne Cluley and Suellyn Ward said the policy is anexample of how the FMA is advocating for diversity to become “business as usual”.

IDPwD is held annually on 3 December to celebrate the contributions of people with disability and increase public awareness and understanding.

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