Our History

While our organisation was established in 1969 as the Building Owners & Managers Association, 2016 marks 20 years since we were reinvented as the Property Council of Australia. Below are the milestones in this 20 year period.

1969 – BOMA incorporated

  • Expansion to all capital cities
  • Expansion beyond the office sector to other commercial sectors
  • Core member services developed advocacy, events, conferences, professional development, research, information
  • State executive directors employed

1996 – Reinvented as the Property Council of Australia

  • New name, revised constitution, fresh executive team
  • Advocacy becomes core focus
  • Major professionalisation of services
  • Employment of state policy advisers

2001 – Property Powerhouse strategy

  • Launch of Residential Development Council
  • Establishment of International and Capital Markets Division
  • Helped establish the Green Building Council of Australia
  • Major growth in sponsorship
  • Launch of Innovation and Excellence Awards
  • Launch of propertycouncil.com.au

2006 – Powerhouse 2010 strategy

  • Sophistication of policy agenda
  • Deputy EDs for big divisions
  • Stronger regional coverage: Hunter, Illawara, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, southwest WA
  • GFC arrests growth trajectory

2010 – Powerhouse 3D strategy

  • Big boost in advocacy resources
  • Expansion into retirement sector, launch of Retirement Living Council
  • Australian Property Hall of Fame launched

2015 – The Property Council strategy 2015 - 2017 

  • New campaigns to tell the industry's proud stories
  • Strong public voice
  • Championing diversity, including through the Property Male Champions of Change
  • Repositioned Property Congress, Leaders Summit, Property Council Academy and research offering
  • Engagement with international members