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Ideaction.22 Call for Abstracts Form

Location: Darwin Convention Centre, 10 Stokes Hill Rd, Darwin City
Date: 4 - 7 September 2022, 9:00 am

The Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA) are excited to announce their annual conference, Ideaction.22, will be hosted in-person attracting national and international delegates from Sunday 4 September 2022 - Wednesday 7 September 2022 at the Darwin Convention Centre.

From the current COVID-19 crisis to advances in technology and environmental challenges, FM professionals are experiencing a prolific amount of changes to ensure occupant safety and wellbeing, while making critical decisions on buildings and environmental management. This idea is captured in the conference theme “FM: Reflect, Reconnect, Recalibrate”, where we will explore contemporary issues through four streams: People, Behaviour & Connection, Space & its Value: Now & in the Future, The Influences of Change and It’s all About Compliance.

We invite you to participate at the Ideaction.22 National Conference, presenting within a range of these key areas addressing strategic and technological innovation, policy and education related topics which will affect and influence the industry for years to come. 

Moving closer to Southeast Asia will help us to connect with a broader audience and demonstrate a recognition that facilities management is a global industry, and Australia is a key player in the Oceanic region.

We look forward to welcoming you in person to Ideaction.22 and hope you can be part of the National Conference program, hearing about recent achievements while facilitating growth and learning within the industry.

Nicholas Burt
Chief Executive
Facility Management Association of Australia



The Facilities Management National Conference aims to provide a forum for facilities managers, property managers, space occupiers and other professionals who interact with the FM industry to become informed and to address the recent changes, current issues, compliance and legislative change, public policy and industry developments.

The purpose of the conference is to promote the opportunities, challenges and solutions in facilities management, while providing a strong network within the FM industry.


Our target audience ranges from CEOs to practitioners, from facilities service providers to academics representing public, private and educational property, infrastructure and the natural resources sectors. All come together to learn and interact, to advance the industry and the technology within it, and to explore concepts that could shape the future.


This year, the Ideaction.22 program will cover four abstract themes which will run concurrently.

Abstracts submitted should align with one or more of the below themes and should focus on the recent changes, opportunities, challenges and solutions that drives the industry forward - fitting within the overarching theme "FM: Reflect, Reconnect, Recalibrate".

Abstract participants will be required to select one abstract theme with the option to select an alternative theme should the abstract submission cover two areas.


Please review the information below before submitting your abstract. For more details about each abstract theme, click the + symbol located to the right of each theme.



  • Health & Wellbeing/Working from Home
  • Mental Health & Behaviour
  • Anxiety and Growth
  • Resilience and Courage
  • Change and Conflict
  • Hybrid/Streaming/Virtual
  • Productivity
  • ‘Normal’ Working Hours
  • Human Resources
  • The Great Resignation
  • Indigenous Engagement
  • Gender Equality
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Social Enterprises
  • Charity / Not for Profit Sectors
  • Creating an FM Profile
  • Getting People Involved within FM
  • Identifying and Harnessing Hidden Talent
  • Personal and Professional Development, Training and Ongoing Education
  • Leaning in and Personal Ownership
  • Remuneration: Money, Purpose, Values, Flexibility



  • Capacities
  • Commercial Tenancies
  • Change of Environment
  • Repositioning of Assets
  • Assets in the Future
  • Indoor Environment
  • Investment Strategy
  • Long-term Planning
  • The Client Experience
  • Education, Coaching and Training
  • Sustainable Hybrid Workplace Solutions



  • Indoor Air Quality / Audits
  • Shared Work Placement
  • Changes in Logistics and Deliverables/Cost Impacts
  • Changes in Materials and Resources/Cost Impacts
  • Changes in Capacities
  • Resources (Mineral, People etc.)
  • Circular Economy
  • The Environment & Impacts of the Industry
  • Indoor Environment
  • Sustainability: Triple Bottom Line, People Planet Profit, Social Economic Environmental, Governance
  • Waste Management
  • Healthy Buildings
  • Emerging Technology
  • FM in the Workplaces of the Future
  • Smart Buildings, Technology/Software – Introductions, Evaluations, ROI, Productivity
  • Data – Building Performance Data, Flow Management, Managing the Overload
  • Digital Technology & Information (BIM) in New Builds and Existing Buildings
  • Digitalisation of Building Inspection
  • Big Data
  • Data Driven Decision Making
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • System Integration
  • Emergency Preparedness/Resilience
  • Workplace Procurement
  • Emergency Response / Business Continuity (new adoptions in recent light of pandemic disruption)



  • ISO
  • Government Policies
  • Level of Consistency
  • Sub-Contractor Engagement/Things to Look Out For
  • Security - Strategies, Innovations
  • Statutory Compliance
  • Risk Management
  • Asset Protection
  • Long-term Security Planning
  • Emergency Preparedness – Practical Lessons Learnt
  • The Third Space
  • Personal Safety – WHS
  • Sub-letting & Short-Term Leasing
  • Soft services
  • Life Cycle & Asset Management
  • Defects
  • Outsourcing Risk
  • Changes to Contract Agreements: Force Majeure, Procurement Strategies, Insurance Impact etc.
  • Beyond Compliance: Best Practice, Benchmarking and Certification
  • Modern Slavery and Human Rights: Onsite and in your Supply Chain


All Ideaction.22 abstracts must be submitted by completing the below form before the closing date, Friday 6 May 2022.

Abstracts will be rated out of 5 for of the following criteria:

  1. Alignment and value added to the abstract theme (out of 5)
  2. Potential contribution to FM knowledge (out of 5)
  3. Relevance to the envisaged audience (out of 5)
  4. Quality of paper and presentation (out of 5)

Please note abstracts should be presented in an objective manner. Submissions that appear sales-focused will be marked down.

Abstract participants will be notified of the outcome of their submission late May 2022.

Please email should you have any questions in relation to Ideaction.22. We look forward to receiving your submission soon.


Section A: Personal Details

Please complete ONE form per Abstract.

Section B: Presenter Details

Section C: Abstract Submission

Should your abstract be successful, your presentation will be grouped together with one of these suitable themes.
Please select an alternate theme should your presentation cover two areas.
Describe the issue/problem/discussion and its relevance to the Facility Management Industry.
What methods/strategies were used to address the issue? Please spell out acronyms in full the first time they appear.
What did you learn? What should others know?

Section D: Presentation Details

Terms and Conditions

  1. Presenters are responsible for their own accommodation, transportation, disbursement and conference fee. Submission and acceptance of an abstract does NOT entitle authors to a complimentary registration. All speakers are required to register and pay to attend the conference. A discounted registration fee will be available for speakers.
  2. Presentations must be presented by the named presenter, proxies and replacement are not permitted except for unforeseeable circumstances and illness
  3. First presenter on the form will be the main and only contact for FMA and the Ideaction Organising Committee
  4. Mandatory presentation guidelines will be provided to the selected presenter to adhere to
  5. Submission and selection of an abstract transfers the copyright of the content to FMA for marketing purposes in relation to FMA Ideaction.22
  6. FMA and the Organising Committee reserves the right to accept, or refuse any abstract, and is not obligated to provide any feedback to the author(s)/presenter(s) on their abstract submission
  7. If successful, FMA and the Organising Committee reserve the right to allocate presentation time and format (oral or poster)
  8. If successful, presenters commit to presenting the abstract content on the allocated date and time, by PowerPoint Template provided by Conference Organising Committee
  9. If successful, PowerPoint presentations must be provided in their final format ready for presenting one week prior to Ideaction.22, ensuring approval is received from FMA to proceed
  10. If successful, FMA and the Organising Committee reserve the right to display and distribute the successful PowerPoint presentation post conference as a PDF document
  11. If successful, presenters provide consent for photographs to be taken during their presentation at Ideaction.22