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It's Electrifying: New Tesla Route Allows Free Trips Between Melbourne And Brisbane - TheUrbanDeveloper.com

It's Electrifying: New Tesla Route Allows Free Trips Between Melbourne And Brisbane - TheUrbanDeveloper.com | Facility management | Scoop.it

"Existing Tesla owners can now take a (free) journey from Melbourne to Brisbane after the company announced the expansion of its supercharger network." 

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Barangaroo’s Second Timber Tower Reaches Peak

Barangaroo’s Second Timber Tower Reaches Peak | Facility management | Scoop.it
Lendlease’s second timber building in Sydney’s Barangaroo has reached structural completion.
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This is the “last piece of the puzzle” for the Barangaroo South commercial precinct that will now have commercial, residential, public and open space.

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National scheme for ethical cleaning launches

National scheme for ethical cleaning launches | Facility management | Scoop.it
National certification to clean up the industry launches in Melbourne.
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It has been my cause to champion fair conditions for cleaners for years so I'm pleased to see some action finally being taken. Fair Work Ombudsman, Sandra Parker said that the Cleaning Accountability Framework (CAF) is "part of the solution to fix unethical practices and standards in the commercial cleaning industry". If this is the case then the CAF will be of benefit to workers in cleaning the industry.

 

However it is interesting that the Fair Work Ombudsman has secured more than $90,000 back-pay for underpaid workers at a services company that is listed as one of the sponsoring partners on the CAF website. The back-payments paid to workers were part of a Proactive Compliance Deed negotiated between the Fair Work Ombudsman and the CFA sponsor. There were underpaid employees located in all States and Territories of Australia. 

 

The question is ... can a leopard change its spots?

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Home | UDIA Campaign - Building a liveable future for all Australians

Home | UDIA Campaign - Building a liveable future for all Australians | Facility management | Scoop.it
Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) national campaign - 'Building a liveable future for all Australians'.
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Infrastructure is the big winner in this year’s budget, with the government splurging on roads and railways to fight congestion and boost the economy. The 2019-20 Federal Budget, which has been heralded as ‘a budget for the taxpayer, complete with congestion busting measures that will future proof Australia’ for generations to come,  is set to end with the Government budgeting for a modest surplus in the 2019-20 financial year.


The sustained focus on supercharging infrastructure with the $100 billion national infrastructure package and congestion reduction measures is welcome. However, according to the UDIA, the Budget did not follow up on last year’s housing affordability initiative, with more funding for catalyst infrastructure to deliver more housing.


Investment in infrastructure is important for the country and our industry, and support should continue for plans which have delivered more than 1.25 million jobs in the last five years and reduced unemployment 4.9 per cent – the lowest level in a decade (UDIA).


The Budget’s $6 billion spending stimulus is expected to add 0.4 percentage points to GDP and a budget surplus of $7.1 billion for the 2019-20 financial year.


UDIA states that "coordinated transport, infrastructure, environment, housing, finance, education, health and social services are required to future proof our cities and to manage the population growth to sustain economic growth".
We need Government to rise to the challenge to make our cities more "globally competitive, more liveable, and the industry more sustainable if we are to continue to enjoy the significant economic and community building multipliers from the development industry".


The UDIA campaign Building a Liveable Future for all Australians, is raising the above issues with Government to develop a more efficient and equitable Australia.

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Australian standards set to transform FM industry

Australian standards set to transform FM industry | Facility management | Scoop.it
Australia’s adoption of the ISO 41000 series a "landmark event", says FMA.
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ISO 41000 has eventuated due to the need for a standardised approach against which facility management (FM) organisations can be assessed and measured. This will raise the professional profile of the industry.  


According to the Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA), Australia’s adoption of the current ISO 41000 series along with 45 other interested countries, will deliver a raft of benefits, including; “greater consistency within Australia’s FM industry; more reliable FM outcomes, achieved through consistent definitions and improved procurement procedures; and greater understanding of FM practice, both within the industry and among the wider community.” The end result will be reduced waste, as well as greater efficiency and productivity.

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Government supports jail time for migrant exploitation

Government supports jail time for migrant exploitation | Facility management | Scoop.it
Employers who deliberately engage in exploitative conduct could face jail time under new reforms accepted by the coalition government today.
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Looks like exploitative (dodgy) employers WILL pay not only with their pockets but also their freedom! Great outcome. 

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International Women's Day is the ideal chance to acknowledge an important woman in your life - ABC Life

International Women's Day is the ideal chance to acknowledge an important woman in your life - ABC Life | Facility management | Scoop.it
It's International Women's Day, and we're asking you to tell us about a woman who has made a difference in your life.
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Happy International Women’s Day!

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2019

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International Women's Day 2019 theme is #BalanceforBetter #IWD2019
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International Women’s Day (IWD) will be celebrated around the world (on the 8th of March). It's a day to think about how far we have come and how far we still have to go to truly achieve gender equality.


UN Women’s global theme for IWD 2019 is ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’, linking with the UN Commission on the Status of Women’s focus on social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure.


In Australia, for IWD 2019, UN Women NC Australia is joining with Chief Executive Women and Male Champions of Change – the two preeminent organisations focused on women in leadership and gender equality in business – to showcase an event series from 5-8 March, focused on our national theme, ‘More Powerful Together’.


"Australia’s IWD 2019 theme, More Powerful Together, recognises the important role we all play – as women, men, non-binary and gender diverse people. It takes all of us, working in collaboration and across that which sometimes divides us, breaking down stereotypes and gendered roles to create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities."


More Powerful Together is a call to stand in unison for gender equality.


By attending International Women’s Day events and making a donation, you can support the UN Women’s work to transform the lives of women and girls around the world, for the better. We all want the very best for our daughters and this day belongs to them and all women. 

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News

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For years I have been campaigning in the cleaning and facility management industries on the fair wages issue and the eradication of unethical sub-contracting practices. You can read about corruption in our industry here and here and here while wages rip-offs are here or here. Dodgy employers must pay Fortunately, Queensland Unions have backed an in-principle recommendation to sen
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Commercial cleaning companies are in the business of managing labour. According to Barbara Connolly, national officer of the Building Services Contractors Association of Australia "The labour content of any contract being something in excess of 75 percent of the contract price, the industry therefore is acutely conscious of industrial relations issues regarding wage rates, including shift and weekend penalties and the impact of workers’ compensation and public liability costs.

Because there are no entry requirements, the industry is a large employer of people from ethnic backgrounds, but it is a mistake to think this means the industry lacks professionalism or career paths for those individuals who embrace the opportunities it offers. Some companies ARE doing the right thing by their workers. However, something must be done to force ALL companies to be ethical.

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The circular economy brimming with job opportunities

The circular economy brimming with job opportunities | Facility management | Scoop.it

In February last year China stopped importing many recyclables from overseas. It left Australia without an export market for its waste.”

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The tightening up of Chinese imports of Australian recyclables means that innovation is a key ingredient needed to deal with reusing, recycling and upcycling. 


“New South Wales urgently needs a big investment of funding from the waste levy to begin the process of growing a domestic recycling industry,” local government NSW president, Linda Scott told the media. 


The South Australian government has emerged as a leader in this space, releasing a report in 2017 which found that by 2030, compared to a business as usual scenario, a more circular economy could result in an additional 25,700 full time jobs for the state.


There has been some funding allocated by state governments in NSW and Victoria but it will be interesting to see what arises from the current dilemma. What is certain is the we need to rapidly transition from a linear system of waste disposal to a circular system where waste is collected, processed and then reused to make new products here in Australia.

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Biggest Overhaul of Building Laws in NSW Following Opal

Biggest Overhaul of Building Laws in NSW Following Opal | Facility management | Scoop.it
Plans to overhaul the New South Wales building and construction industry are underway as the state government says it will ‘shake up’ the sector.
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The Shergold Weir Report revealed the number of high rise residential buildings increased in Australia with 30,000 apartments in high rise buildings in 2007, this number increasing to 90,000 in 2015.


“No doubt the release of the final report into the Opal Tower will also influence the final design of these reforms and will provide an important insight into where the problems occurred in the construction process in that instance,” Property Council NSW Executive Director Jane Fitzgerald said.


There has been a culture of non-compliance throughout the building sector that has meant combustible cladding has become a widespread material used on multi-storey buildings. This culture has to change!

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Year of the Pig: Fortune and Personality – Chinese Zodiac 2019

Year of the Pig: Fortune and Personality – Chinese Zodiac 2019 | Facility management | Scoop.it
The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. Learn why Pigs have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life.
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Happy New Year: 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè).  Today marks the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year 2019, the Year of the Pig.
Best Wishes for the Chinese Lunar New Year 2019. Welcoming the arrival of the Year of the Earth Pig - hope you enjoy lots of  family get-togethers, temple visits, street festivals, and displays of fireworks. 

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FM skills in demand in 2019

FM skills in demand in 2019 | Facility management | Scoop.it
Hays reveals facilities management skills in demand in 2019.
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This is the definitive wish list for desirable skills for FMs. It is what our FMs show up and do naturally every day!

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Ready to be an FM in 2020? Part 2

Ready to be an FM in 2020? Part 2 | Facility management | Scoop.it
Within the next couple of years, there will be real opportunities to 'get a seat at the table' and demonstrate how the FM function can deliver shareholder value. However, to do this will require a more forward thinking approach, collaboration with both internal peers and external partners, and most importantly, creative and unique ideas on how to tie repair and maintenance (R&M) operations into a buildings’s broader based strategy.
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This is Part 2 of a 7 part series, which is about a number of specific ways that FMs can start thinking about business now to get ahead of the curve because the future’s coming up fast - and it’s not waiting for anyone. The second article in the series is Eco friendly facilities management practices.

 

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CAF receives funding boost

CAF receives funding boost | Facility management | Scoop.it
Funding to be put towards further developing the framework and analysing its effectiveness.
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The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has been awarded an Australian Research Council grant to further develop the Cleaning Accountability Framework (CAF).  According to INCLEAN, UTS’s director of the Centre for Business and Social Innovation (CBSI), Professor Josserand, said the funding will be put towards further developing the CAF and analysing its effectiveness. According to Prof. Josserand between 20 and 25 per cent of workers in the cleaning industry are underpaid. 

 

To involve the workers in the auditing process, the research team led by Associate Professor Sarah Kaine, will develop an app for cleaners to use. This will provide researchers access to more information from workers. The app is expected to launch early next year. 

 

This independent research is a major step forward in assuring the integrity of the wage system in the cleaning industry, which has been corrupt for years. I have been championing changes for fair wages in our industry for years. I will be very interested in the outcome of this research because it will provide an effective tool for exposing unscrupulous business practices. 

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How your state's strata laws compare

How your state's strata laws compare | Facility management | Scoop.it
Confused by different rules for apartments across the country? If you had to cherry pick the best of the bunch, these are them.
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This article gives a concise overview of the differences in strata laws between states on the Eastern seaboard. Watch out for the sequel 'the worst of the worst'.

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Developer On Track to Build $5bn Smart City

Developer On Track to Build $5bn Smart City | Facility management | Scoop.it
Plans are under way to create Australia's first smart city Sydney Science Park.
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This smart city is one of the major developments to result from the Western Sydney Airport.


The ecosystem will house some of the nation’s leading scientific institutions and provide educational opportunities for western Sydney, one of which is the innovative STEM school.  Sydney Science Park is about education, innovation and sustainable communities, and should leverage global opportunities for Western Sydney. 

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Construction Update: Crown's $2.2bn Barangaroo Tower

Construction Update: Crown's $2.2bn Barangaroo Tower | Facility management | Scoop.it
ASX-listed Crown Resorts $2.2 billion development One Barangaroo is on course to meet its completion in the first half of 2021.
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This will be one of Australia’s most sophisticated buildings and will be looking to buyers in the ultra-high-net-worth category.

 

This will be a spectacular yet sustainable luxury development that will become a landmark in Sydney.

 

With placement of up to 78,000 cubic metres of concrete so far, plus 14,000 tonnes of reinforcement, and 3,037 tonnes of structural steel, One Barangaroo seems on track for it's proposed completion in 2021.

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Powerfully Simple | Property Management 

Powerfully Simple | Property Management  | Facility management | Scoop.it

National FM at Barangaroo. Facility management software for today's professionals. MYBOS offers several features for different property management needs including: case tracking, parcel tracking, community management and many more. Contact us today for a free demo.

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This is how we are able to effectively manage a huge zero carbon-offset development like Barangaroo and that means frequent environmental reporting to government authorities. With Australia's largest district cooling plant, we work with all levels of engineers and technicians to make sure that systems remain up and running at all times and residents receive the level of service that they expect. MYBOS has the capability to allow National FM building managers to manage the  properties that we service to  the highest level for our clients. National FM at Barangaroo.

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Emotional tech and a rise in measuring indoor office space on the menu at Total Facilities 20-21

Emotional tech and a rise in measuring indoor office space on the menu at Total Facilities 20-21 | Facility management | Scoop.it
“Emotional tech” that measures your heart rate and temperature, glass offices and glass walls everywhere that look lovely but might make you feel insecure, and a rise in measurement of indoor air quality. These are just some of the trends that will be under the microscope at Total Facilities
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Loving the big uptake of sustainability and the potential of emerging emotional tech but will privacy be an issue?

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Opal Tower Report Blames Structural Design, Construction Flaws

Opal Tower Report Blames Structural Design, Construction Flaws | Facility management | Scoop.it
An independent report directed has found multiple design and construction faults led to cracking at Sydney’s Opal Tower.
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Responsibility under contract for the fault and remedying any problems lay solely with the builder – rather than with the developer, Ecove according to an article by Michael Bleby of the Financial Review earlier this year. Fortunately for the builder, this report indicates that the building is overall structurally sound and that the localised damage to the building can be rectified.

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Qld govt, unions back recommendation to jail employers for wage theft

Qld govt, unions back recommendation to jail employers for wage theft | Facility management | Scoop.it
Government, unions back in-principle recommendation to jail dodgy employers who deliberately or recklessly underpay workers.
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Romilly Madew – the exit interview

Romilly Madew – the exit interview | Facility management | Scoop.it
When Madew took over the Green Building Council of Australia 13 years ago it was a fledgling thing. Big idea but the journey was still tamping around the base.
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One of Romilly Madew’s major legacies at GBCA is that standards will be constantly tightened. For 2019, water is high on the agenda. “Achieving good water efficiency in 2019, for instance, will be perceived as much more difficult that it was 10 years ago. And that’s how it should be”. That’s because water is our most precious resource. 

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Mirvac Strong in the Face of Rising Settlement Risk

Mirvac Strong in the Face of Rising Settlement Risk | Facility management | Scoop.it
Property giant Mirvac has sent a strong message to the market with the release of its half-yearly results.
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According to Mirvac’s chief executive Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz “the company had already secured 83 per cent of earnings from its residential portfolio for the financial year.


Despite the challenging residential market, we believe our high-quality residential product, located close to amenity and transport, will continue to outperform the wider market,” Lloyd-Hurwitz said.


Although residential markets continue to deteriorate, we are still seeing consistent demand for our high-quality, well located product from our predominantly owner-occupier target market, particularly for our masterplanned communities, which will bolster our residential division as the cycle plays out.”

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Latest trends in high-performing facilities - Climate Control News

Latest trends in high-performing facilities - Climate Control News | Facility management | Scoop.it
To be held at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour in Sydney, the two day event will be held on March 20-21, 2019.
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If you want information in leading edge practices, with insights and practical examples from the newest workplaces of Google, Twitter and others then the Total Facilities 2019 event in Sydney may be for you!.


You’ll also learn about trends in smart devices in the workplace, as well as the impact of AI and data monitoring on the workplace for FMs.


 

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Ready to be an FM in 2020? Part 1

Ready to be an FM in 2020? Part 1 | Facility management | Scoop.it
Within the next couple of years, there will be real opportunities to 'get a seat at the table' and demonstrate how the FM function can deliver shareholder value. However, to do this will require a more forward thinking approach, collaboration with both internal peers and external partners, and most importantly, creative and unique ideas on how to tie repair and maintenance (R&M) operations into a buildings’s broader based strategy.
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This is Part 1 of a 7 part series, which is about a number of specific ways that FMs can start thinking about business now to get ahead of the curve because the future’s coming up fast - and it’s not waiting for anyone. The first article in the series is LoT vs IoT .

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