Incorporated in 1948 FIAA origins can be traced back to the early 1900’s. 

Past Presidents of the FIAA include Jack Parker, Doug Jackson, John Chiswell, Ern McCain, Peter J Van Treight, David Hoare and more recently Ron Scott and Fred White. True icons of the industry.

In the 60's and 70's FIAA notably accomplished:

  • Drafted the Furnishing Trades Award with the Industry Committee
  • Got the removal of ‘limitation’ on furniture factory overtime by the Minister for Labor and Industry
  • Lobbied for plywood and veneers not exceeding 4mm thick be admitted into Australia duty free
  • Were members of the Employers Federation Committee
  • Application was presented to have import quotas imposed and developing country preferences removed in respect of banana chairs
  • Proposed to place teachers from TAFE in industry for a week to update their experience (ALL FIAA Assessors complete work placement each year as part of professional development)
  • Negotiated for a voluntary agreement on a flammability standard for upholstered furniture

Through the end of the century, into the new millenium and beyond:

  • Were and are still heavily involved in reforming Home Warranty Insurance
  • The creation of FIAA Guild Apprenticeship scheme to provide the industry with flexible delivery of apprenticeship and traineeship training. FIAA is the industries preferred Registered Training Organisation
  • FIAA were instrumental in reforming the training system to the Industry friendly competency based training of today
  • FIAA once owned and ran the Australian International Furniture Fair, one of the oldest exhibitions in Australia
  • FIAA provided the industry with OH&S and Workers Compensation reform with the Premium Discount Scheme
  • Negotiated the industries ‘Action Agenda’ that sponsored overseas industry experts in ‘Lean’ techniques and thinking
  • Has regularly tested imported flat packs  to ensure compliance to Australian Standards
  • FIAA is involved in the re-writing of the Kitchen Assembly/Kitchen Installation Australian Standard
  • FIAA successfully lobbied for the removal of Home Warranty Insurance in NSW for Stand-alone Cabinetry.