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Ideaction.24 Call for Abstracts Form

Location: Pullman Melbourne On The Park, 192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Date: 2 - 4 September 2024, 9:00 am

The Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA) are excited to announce their annual conference, Ideaction.24, will be hosted in-person attracting national and international delegates at the Pullman Melbourne On The Park from Monday 2 September 2024 - Wednesday 4 September 2024.

The theme for Ideaction.24, ‘Building FM: From Theory to Reality’, depicts the importance of strengthening the FM industry through education and professionalism, which will be our overarching focus during the two days of the event. The conference will also be exploring contemporary issues through the following four streams:

  • Smart FM For Smart Buildings
  • Beyond Sustainability - Embracing the ESG (Environmental/Social/Governance)
  • Future FM Talent - Securing Skills
  • Aligning FM - Driving Value

I invite you to participate at the Ideaction.24 National Conference, presenting within a range of these key areas addressing strategic and technological innovation, policy and education related topics which will influence the industry for years to come. 

I look forward to welcoming you to Ideaction.24 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.


Ideaction.24 will attract over 300 dedicated FM professionals from across Australia and the world. If you are looking to build and develop relationships with professionals working directly in this sector, this conference is the place to be!

Attendees will include:

• Business Development Executives
• Facilities Professionals
• Sales Executives
• Marketing Executives
• Facilities Managers
• Managing Directors
• Senior Managers


The Ideaction.24 program will cover four abstract themes, and presentations will be grouped together within these four themes and run concurrently in each corner of the plenary room. Attendees will use headphones to dial into the session they wish to listen to at the appropriate corner of the room.

Abstracts submitted should align with one or more of the below themes and should focus on education and professionalism that drives the industry forward - fitting within the overarching theme "Building FM: From Theory to Reality".

Abstract participants will be required to select one abstract theme with the option to select an alternative theme should their 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.



  • Emerging Technology
  • AI
  • 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 & 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
  • Cyber Security



  • Personal & Professional Development, Training & Ongoing Education
  • Education, Coaching & Training
  • Long-Term Planning
  • Repositioning of Assets
  • Commercial Tenancies
  • Assets in the Future
  • Capacities
  • 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 & Harnessing Hidden Talent
  • Leaning In & Personal Ownership
  • Remuneration: Money, Purpose, Values, Flexibility
  • The Great Resignation
  • Human Resources
  • Normal’ Working Hours, 4 Days Full Time
  • Health & Wellbeing/Working from Home
  • Mental Health & Behaviour
  • Anxiety & Growth
  • Resilience & Courage
  • Change & Conflict
  • Hybrid/Streaming/Virtual
  • Productivity
  • Skilled Migration
  • Workplace Procurement



  • Investment Strategy
  • ISO
  • The Client Experience
  • Government Policies
  • Level of Consistency
  • Sub-Contractor Engagement/Things to Look Out For
  • Security - Strategies, Innovations
  • Emergency Preparedness/Resilience/Business Continuity
  • Risk Management/Audit
  • Statutory Compliance
  • 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 & Certification
  • Modern Slavery & Human Rights: Onsite & in your Supply Chain



  • Sustainable Hybrid Workplace Solutions
  • Change of Environment
  • Net Zero
  • Indoor Air Quality / Audits
  • Shared Work Placement
  • Electrification
  • Solar
  • Changes in Logistics & Deliverables/Cost Impacts
  • Changes in Materials & 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


All Ideaction.24 abstracts must be submitted by completing the below form before the closing date, on Monday 29 April 2024.

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 2024.

Please email should you have any questions in relation to Ideaction.24. 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

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 2 files.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Presenters are responsible for their own accommodation, transportation, disbursement and conference fees. 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.24
  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.24, 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.24