Care­ful plan­ning en­sures TABMA con­tin­ues to grow

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

TABMA MAN­AGE­MENT re­cently pre­sented to the TABMA Aus­tralia Na­tional Board of Di­rec­tors a Strate­gic Plan for the 2016/17, 2017/2018 and 2018/19 fis­cal years.

The plan pro­vided an over­view of the cur­rent struc­ture and op­er­a­tions of the TABMA Group of busi­nesses to­gether with an over­all as­sess­ment against a SWOT anal­y­sis and an anal­y­sis of the in­dus­try and com­peti­tors.

TABMA is unique in that it is a tim­ber in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion with a na­tional pres­ence rep­re­sent­ing mer­chants, re­tail­ers, sup­pli­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers, frame & truss fab­ri­ca­tors, whole­salers and im­porters.

TABMA mem­bers re­ceive ac­cess to a range of ben­e­fits that in­clude gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tion at both state and fed­eral lev­els, net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, de­vel­op­ment of labour re­sources through the TABMA Ap­pren­tices & Trainees di­vi­sion (GTO), training of trainees and fee for ser­vice training of em­ploy­ees through the FITEC Aus­tralia di­vi­sion (RTO) and a valu­able new mem­ber ser­vice that is in­cluded in the mem­ber­ship an­nual fee – TABMA’s Work­place Ad­vice Line whereby mem­bers can call a 1300 num­ber to ob­tain in­stant ad­vice on an­nual and long ser­vice leave, wage rates, ter­mi­na­tion of em­ploy­ment, work­ers com­pen­sa­tion, and dis­crim­i­na­tion and ha­rass­ment etc.

TABMA also of­fers a com­pet­i­tively priced WH&S in­spec­tion ser­vice, group buy­ing dis­count ar­range­ments and per­ma­nent and part time staff place­ments through a re­cruit­ment di­vi­sion.

Our credit in­for­ma­tion bureau, Build­ing Trade Credit (BTC) pro­vides a valu­able ser­vice to sup­pli­ers of credit in the build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try. The data­base has an­nual credit sales of over $6 bil­lion.

Tim­ber Tal­ly­ing Pty Ltd pro­vides a unique break bulk han­dling and dis­tri­bu­tion ser­vice based at Port Kem­bla, NSW, for the im­porters of Amer­i­can West Coast Tim­ber.

TABMA as a group now em­ploys na­tion­ally 27 peo­ple di­rectly and has over 260 ap­pren­tices and trainees placed in ev­ery state of the na­tion.

It is likely that in­creased po­si­tions for field of­fi­cers, con­tract train­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tion sup­port staff will be re­quired over the next three years to as­sist in sus­tain­ing our projected growth.

TABMA’s cul­ture is founded upon 5 core val­ues: Ser­vice-Pro­fes­sion­al­is­mLead­er­ship-In­tegrity and Peo­ple.

From hum­ble be­gin­nings in 1940, TABMA has in re­cent years mor­phed into a dy­namic and pro­gres­sive busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tion meet­ing the needs of its mem­bers and the tim­ber in­dus­try in gen­eral.

TABMA Vic­to­ria

TABMA con­tin­ues to make ground in Vic­to­ria with place­ments of ap­pren­tices and trainees grow­ing at a rapid rate. As well mem­ber­ship con­tin­ues to grow ex­po­nen­tially. At this stage we have Rhonda Moore trav­el­ling from Syd­ney to Mel­bourne for 10 days per month but growth has now en­abled us to com­mence ad­ver­tis­ing in the Mel­bourne mar­ket for a full time per­son to take up the role of Field Of­fi­cer TABMA Vic­to­ria. By next is­sue we hope to have some­body in place and will be able to in­tro­duce that per­son.

FITEC Aus­tralia Pty Ltd

To cap­i­tal­ize on the na­tional strength of the TABMA name we will shortly be al­ter­ing the trad­ing name of FITEC to TABMA Training. It is be­lieved this name change will as­sist in estab­lish­ing our reg­is­tered training or­ga­ni­za­tion (RTO) in states where it has pre­vi­ously not had a pres­ence. This name change was unan­i­mously passed by the FITEC Board led by Ian Hal­l­i­day and the TABMA Aus­tralia Board led by Peter Hutchi­son.

TABMA South Aus­tralia

Ev­ery two months, un­der the lead­er­ship of Andrew Bone, our SA Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee meets to dis­cuss is­sues per­ti­nent to that state and how we can fur­ther the growth of TABMA in South Aus­tralia. With Ali­cia Oelk­ers lead­ing a strong on the ground team, work­ing hand in glove with the Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gions SA (PIRSA) arm of the Gov­ern­ment of South Aus­tralia, TABMA is well es­tab­lished in SA and now has al­most 30 ap­pren­tices and trainees placed with host em­ploy­ers.

TABMA Aus­tralia AGM

The An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of TABMA Aus­tralia Ltd will be held in Syd­ney on Thurs­day, 3 Novem­ber.

No­tice of the meet­ing has been sent to all mem­bers and mem­bers are es­pe­cially in­vited to at­tend.

Queens­land In­dus­try Awards Din­ner

Oc­to­ber 15 was the date for the 2016 Queens­land in­dus­try din­ner and the presentation of the TABMA Awards for that state. All award win­ners are now el­i­gi­ble to be­come fi­nal­ists in the 2017 na­tional awards din­ner which will be held in Syd­ney. This year the Queens­land din­ner, with ITI Qld be­ing the ma­jor spon­sor, was held at Ry­dges South­bank.

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