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By Lorraine Day
After experiencing a downturn in
membership and lack of interest, the
South Australian division of the Building
Service Contractors Association of
Australia (BSCAA) is being revived.
State representative for South
Australia, Peter Rundle of Frontline
Support Pty Ltd, said earlier this year
the SA division held its first meeting
in three years, with eight companies
“There has been a resurgence in interest, and we certainly need
representation for South Australia in the industry,” Peter said. “We
are also including the Northern Territory, which hasn’t had any
representation to date.
“There are eight or nine Alice Springs-based companies plus a few
in Darwin,” he added.
Members who suffered through the 2008 financial crisis began
leaving the association, plus many believed the fees were too high.
“Nobody’s going to come back if they have to pay $3,000 or
$4,000,” Peter shared, “so we have set South Australian fees at
$400 for businesses with a turnover of under $1m, and $600 if the
turnover is over $1m.
“We now have 12 members,” he said. “I think we’ve hit bottom
and are now rising up.
“We want people to participate in the industry; it’s been a long
time coming, especially since industry icons like Greg Kermeen and
Iris Loveday, both passionate supporters of the association and the
industry, retired or moved on,” he revealed.
“We hope to hold an AGM in the next few months.”
BSCAA NSW president Terry Corby welcomed guests, announcing
that this year was the first year the BSCAA as an industry body had
a potential customer and sponsor speaking about contracts and
pricing in the commercial cleaning industry.
JLL account director Andrew Harvey briefly touched on the Cleaning
Accountability Framework (CAF) and demonstrated the pricing
schedules JLL have developed for use with their tender documents.
“I have been involved in tendering contracts for our commercial
properties for 15 years and cleaning has been the biggest and most
complex part of that,” Harvey shared.
“Contracting is difficult to define and price properly. It has
become too easy to use a total lump sum price as the definition of a
cleaning contract and make decisions based on that without any real
understanding of what is behind that price.”
The second speaker, ASIC senior manager Joe Zubic, focused
on the importance of understanding what phoenix activity is since
it often means different things to different regulators.
“Phoenix activity occurs in five particular industries including the
building and construction industry, the labour hire industry, the
transport industry and the cleaning and security industry,” he explained.
“Since there is no actual crime for committing phoenix activity, it
can be legal and illegal. When determining this, regulators need to
look at the context in which it actually occurs to decide whether or
not it breaches any of the laws that they administer.”
The final presentation was given by EDCO national sales
manager Stephen Waddingham. Waddingham focused specifically on
provoking thought about brands and what they mean for those in
the cleaning business.
“Your brand is everything,” he said. “It is your name and your
reputation. Protect it at all costs and promote it at every opportunity.”
More than 50 members and suppliers attended the Building Service Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA)
New South Wales Division’s AGM lunch, which was held at the ECCO Waterfront Restaurant in Drummoyne
(Sydney) on 2 June. Over a delicious two-course lunch, guests listened to three speakers – Andrew Harvey from JLL,
Joe Zubic from ASIC and Stephen Waddingham from Edco – who discussed cleaning pricing schedules, phoenix
activity practices and the importance of business brands.
BSCAA AGM 2016 provides industry insights
into cleaning productivity
Waddingham also spoke about how a brand can be a real asset
to a business that provides long-term cost savings and creates
competition and choice for the market.
The BSCAA NSW AGM came to a close
with an unexpected announcement from Corby that he will be
stepping down from his role as BSCAA president at the end of this
year. “I’ve given 10 years of service to the BSCAA, which was the
single greatest honour in business I have ever had,” he said. “But
now it is time to step down and give some young people a chance.”
He also encouraged everyone in the room to continue supporting
the BSCAA NSW Excellence Awards and reminded everyone of
the 2.4 per cent wage increase that will see the part-time rate for a
cleaner go above the Clean Start rate for the first time.
From left: Andrew Thackrah CAF,
Terry Corby President BSCAA NSW
Division and Barbara Connolly BSCAA
BSCAA South Australia division being revived
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