It’s more than just an as­so­ci­a­tion

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATION NEWS - By Colin Fitzpatrick Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Tim­ber & Build­ing Ma­te­ri­als As­so­ci­a­tion (Aust.) Ltd

WITH SO many as­so­ci­a­tions in the tim­ber in­dus­try and as a re­sult of re­quests, I thought it worth­while to out­line where TABMA sits and our goals and am­bi­tions.

Firstly, TABMA was founded in 1940 in Syd­ney and re­mained NSW based up un­til the early 2000’s when it broad­ened its reach to Queens­land and in 2006 to W A. Today TAB MA has rep­re­sen­ta­tion in vir­tu­ally ev­ery State and is still grow­ing.

TABMA has six op­er­at­ing di­vi­sions. These are, not nec­es­sar­ily in­order:

TAB MA Mem­ber­ship Ser­vices

For a mod­est an­nual fee, mem­bers have ac­cess to the many ser­vices and ben­e­fits of­fered such as staff re­cruit­ment, trade credit in­sur­ance, gen­eral in­sur­ance, dis­counts on fuel, as­sis­tance with CoC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, le­gal advice, tech­ni­cal advice, web­site de­sign, an an­nual in­dus­try din­ner in­cor­po­rat­ing the TABMA awards etc, and now through a re­cent al­liance with the Tim­ber Trade In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion(TTIA), TABMA is able to pro­vide in­dus­trial re­la­tions advice on a fee for ser­vice ba­sis. Ini­tially this IR ser­vice is only avail­able in Queens­land, South Aus­tralia and WA.

TABMA Work­force & Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment

TABMA is a reg­is­tered group train­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion (GTO) that em­ploys trainees and ap­pren­tices and places them with host em­ploy­ers. TAB MA W CD cur­rently has al­most 200 trainees and ap­pren­tices placed in nearly ev­ery Aus­tralian state.

Fitec Pty Ltd

In early 2014 TABMA merged with Fitec Inc which is a reg­is­tered train­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion (RTO). The fun­da­men­tal dif­fer­ence be­tween a GTO and an RTO is that an RTO pro­vides the train­ing for the trainees and ap­pren­tices em­ployed by the GTO. Fitec has been con­verted to a Pty Ltd or­ga­ni­za­tion and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of TABMA (Aus­tralia) Lim­ited. Fitec has been ba­si­cally Queens­land based but it is TABMA’s plan to grow its reach into N SW and other states.

Build­ing Trade C red it(BTC)

Build­ing Trade Credit was es­tab­lished in 1984 as a credit in­for­ma­tion bureau. BTC sup­plies com­pre­hen­sive sta­tis­ti­cal credit in­for­ma­tion about en­ti­ties that re­ceive/ supply goods and ser­vices in the build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

Tim­ber Tal­ly­ing Pty Ltd

Tim­ber Tal­ly­ing was es­tab­lished in 1948 and op­er­ates a tim­ber break bulk han­dling and dis­charge ser­vice for im­porters bring­ing in tim­ber from Canada and the US West Coast. The op­er­a­tion is based at Port Kem­bla, NSW.

TAB MA Man­aged Funds

For many years TABMA has held dif­fer­ent in­vest­ment prop­er­ties to sup­port our as­so­ci­a­tion’s op­er­a­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties. Prop­erty in­vest­ment was liq­ui­dated in 2011 as a de­fen­sive move and sur­plus funds were de­posited in a mix of rolling short and long term de­posits and then in 2013 to a low risk com­pre­hen­sive port­fo­lio in­vest­ment ac­count specif­i­cally tai­lored to suit TABMA’s con­ser­va­tive risk ad­verse pro­file. The in­vest­ment is man­aged by a li­censed fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor re­port­ing to man­age­ment and a board in­vest­ment com­mit­tee.

The Fu­ture

TABMA em­ploys over 200 per­son­nel Aus­tralia wide in­clud­ing trainees and ap­pren­tices. Head Of­fice is at St Leonards, a lower north shore Syd­ney sub­urb. TABMA has 11 di­rec­tors rep­re­sent­ing three States and meet on a bi-monthly ba­sis. The board ad­heres to a strict Code of Con­duct to en­sure that it acts trans­par­ently and re­spon­si­bly as cus­to­di­ans of mem­bers’ as­sets.

The board and man­age­ment be­lieve that “stand­ing still is the same as go­ing back­wards” so with this phi­los­o­phy TABMA is con­tin­u­ally look­ing at growth op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as con­sol­i­dat­ing the po­si­tion we al­ready hold.


We take this op­por­tu­nity of wish­ing all readers a very Merry Christ­mas and we hope you en­joy the break and come back ready for a great 2015.

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