Facilities managers, we salute you


In the past 12 months, for obvious reasons, our nation’s facility management (FM) professionals have made an heroic effort to keep us all safe.

They’ve orchestrated industrial-strength deep-cleans at a moment’s notice and worked overtime to disinfect our workplaces, schools, daycare centres, prisons, hospitals and hotels.

Time and time again, our facility managers been called upon to demonstrate their resilience, compliance, flexibility and ability to mobilise quickly when needed.

This group deserves to be celebrated, and on Wednesday 12 May they will be. That’s when World FM Day falls this year.

The theme for 2021 is Standing Tall Beyond the Pandemic in honour of the extraordinary changes that have occurred across the world since the first case of Covid-19 was reported in December 2019.

We see you and we’re so thankful

Without effective facility management, it’s unlikely that Australia would be in this enviable position of few cases and relative freedom. The sector is justifiably proud of its contribution to our successful handling of the pandemic. Thanks in part to facility managers, our economy is hanging on strong and we’re on-course to recovery.

“The pandemic has shined a light on facility management,” said Nicholas Burt, Chief Executive Officer of the Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA). “Notwithstanding the many challenges and hardships, the past year has demonstrated the industry’s resilience and adaptability, as well as the crucial role that FM plays in maintaining a safe, healthy and resilient built environment.”

World FM Day 2021 is a chance to recognise these achievements and get excited about the future. At Richard Jay, we’ve put 12 May in our diary and we’ll be making our facility management clients feel extra-special. They’ve done a lot for us and should be proud.

World FM Day is an initiative of Global FM. For more information, visit: