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The ARA story began in 2001, when Edward Federman and Leo Browne strategically planned the development of a complementary network of building and facility services.

Today, ARA is present in more than forty locations, delivering fully integrated infrastructure and facility solutions across Australia and New Zealand. There are now over 2,500 ARA employees working across our Fire, Security, Electrical, Mechanical, Building, Property Services and Products divisions. Under the leadership of Ed Federman, our Executive Chair and Managing Director, ARA has gained recognition as an industry leader that is committed to enhancing the scale and quality of our offerings, as well as giving back to the communities in which we work and live.

 “Reflecting on ARA’s growth has affirmed our confidence in both our vision and our people. The hard work and collaborative effort of our employees is essential to providing the high level of service our customers require of us”, Edward Federman, Executive Chair and Managing Director of The ARA Group.

As we embark on our twentieth year of operations, we reflect on the continuous growth and profitability we have achieved as a Group, as well as the meaningful projects and partnerships that we have built within our communities across Australia and New Zealand.

Highlights from the ARA Story:

2001: The ARA Group is established

2003-2006: ARA achieves organic growth of 50%

2007: ARA becomes an employee-owned company

2009: The ARA Endowment Fund is established

2016: ARA expands into New Zealand

2017: ARA acquires CMC Property Services 

2017: ARA acquires 49% of CMC Indigenous Services and establishes ARA Indigenous Services with Managing Director, Michael O’Loughlin

2017: ARA Renewable Energy is established

2018: ARA launches Reconciliation Action Plan for 2018-2020

2019: ARA reaches new heights with a record revenue of $555 million

2019: ARA continues to expand in New Zealand with new acquisition Neda Facilities Management (NFM)

2020: ARA achieves their 10th consecutive year of record revenue of $621 million


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