President's Report


The last few weeks have been a busy period for AEPMA, from Code of Practices working group meetings for Termite Control In & Around Existing Buildings and also Training in the Pest Management Industry, to our face to face board meeting.  These have all been highly productive with many positive activities to follow from robust discussions. One of the great benefits from representing the industry on the board and working groups is the personal development you gain from being able to deal with complex issues with differing opinions, potential outcomes based on state borders and the effect decisions made will have on member companies of different sizes. These personal developments translate into me being a  better customer, employee and supplier manager within my own business.  I highly recommend that you get involved.  Not only would you be giving back to the Industry, it is well worth it in terms of what you can learn and take back to your own business.  

Training continues to be high on the agenda with the working party meeting for the first time sketching out the framework for the Code of Practice. The meeting was a success with the group now working towards achieving the mission set for the CoP. The document will clearly outline what is best practice and give us all a road map and tools to ensure we can give our technician the best start in the industry and satisfaction for the rest of their careers. The board also met with a representative of Australian Skills Quality Authority, the governing body for training. We are pleased to report that a Memorandum of Understanding has been created between our bodies to ensure open lines of communication, intelligence sharing and co-operation on the Code of Practice development, further entrenching the Association's core function of being the voice of our industry.

The Code of Practice working party for Termite Control in & around existing buildings was also a excellent day where a draft was already in place, so the group got straight into the nitty gritty of the biggest sector of our industry. The CoP will be able to clear up the grey areas that the Australian Standard cannot and will also be available to our customers for free, ensuring they are able to access non-biased information protecting member companies from non-compliant cheap and nasty competitors. 

The planning of FAOPMA on the Gold Coast is in full swing with the speakers being finalised and discussions on the presentations they will be giving continuing. With life being so busy and ensuring the message about the conference gets out to all potential delegates a marketing team for the conference has been created for the first time with Kirsten and Craig from head office and support from marketing managers from within associate member companies.  Shortly you will see their efforts come alive online, within supplier's offices and other mediums. 

Our future is always on my mind, I often ask myself what our association will look like in 5, 10 and even 20 years.  I personally feel this is important to reflect on whenever we are discussing initiatives or challenges during board and working group meetings. Over the next year I’d like us all to think about where we see the association in the short, medium and long term and let the board members from your state and me know over a coffee or beer in the Gold Coast during the next conference, learning about what you all see and think is of the most importance to the board.

I look forward to reporting our progress in the next issue on all of the happenings at AEPMA.

Until next time, I wish you all the best and trust all is going well within your business.

Vasili Tsoutouras
AEPMA President

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