AMCA has officially switched from its previous state-based structure to operate as a single national industry association under the name AMCA Australia.
The move comes following a comprehensive, three-year review of all association activities, upon which the organisation decided the time was right for AMCA state-based entities to formally join forces.
“Over recent years, members in all states and territories have consistently reported tougher operating conditions across almost every aspect of their business,” says AMCA Australia. “Such pressures have naturally increased member demand for broader, higher-quality, and more innovative products and services.”
AMCA Australia says it will be consolidating the strengths of its state-based operations to offer stronger representation, higher-quality products and services, and a better membership experience.
Inaugural president of AMCA Australia, Michael Anthony, M.AIRAH, has stressed the importance of maintaining a strong presence in every state and territory.
“From occupational licensing to health and safety laws, many of the operating conditions faced by HVAC companies are determined at the state and territory level,” Anthony says.
“Member companies must continue to receive local support – and they will. In fact, the new model will allow our executive directors and local staff to connect more regularly with members while empowering them to focus more closely on state and territory issues.”
AMCA Australia Chief Executive Scott Williams says the organisation is well positioned for the transition.
“It’s a big decision, after 60 years, to move from a state-based model to a national one”, Williams says. “But it’s not a decision that’s been taken lightly, nor hastily.
“Our dedicated staff have been busy preparing for the transition, and I can assure members that we are embracing the opportunity to reimagine our product and service offering – and how we deliver it”.
AMCA Australia says the relaunch will see a refreshed membership offering that better reflects the modern needs and make-up of the Australian commercial HVAC industry.
HVAC contractors and service and maintenance businesses will continue to be the association’s primary focus; however, other membership categories will cater to what AMCA Australia describes as “a diverse range of organisations that play an important role in the health and prosperity of the industry”.
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Image shows inaugural AMCA Australia president, Michael Anthony.