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Media Release The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

19 January 2004 04/006


Clearer career paths and specific tertiary education courses are two of the goals behind the development of an Action Agenda for the Facilities Management sector which is one of Australia’s fastest growing industries.

Facilities management is a diverse industry involving the operation of Australia’s non-residential assets after their construction. It covers the management of major developments such as Melbourne’s Southbank development to the operation of sporting arenas like Telstra and Suncorp Stadiums.

Federal Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, announced today the Australian Government will assist the industry with the development of a Facilities Management Action Agenda, providing a national focus for the sector.

“The facilities management industry estimates that it turns over about $60 billion a year and employs more than 400,000 people, but it isn’t yet a designated career option as such,” said Mr Macfarlane.

“There are no specific undergraduate courses and many seem to ‘fall’ into these very demanding jobs rather than train for them. I can appreciate the industry’s desire to change that.

“It seems appropriate that in the Year of the Built Environment, we will create the opportunity for this growing industry to address core issues such as innovation, education, sustainability and regulation,” he said.

The Action Agenda has drawn strong industry support from many of the country’s larger facility managers including Baulderstone Services, Stockland Property Management and Multiplex Asset Management.

“It is this industry commitment combined with the support of the Australian Government that Action Agendas require to be a success. The sector is positively positioning itself to deliver improved productivity on a whole range of work fronts,” said Mr Macfarlane. Action Agendas are a key element to the Australian Government’s industry policy, designed to promote industry leadership in specific sectors. There are currently 30 industry Action Agendas.

More information on individual Action Agendas can be found at:

Media contact: Kirsty Boazman 02 62777 580 or 0412 171 444