BGIS has been named the Estate & Infrastructure Base Services Contractor of the Year at the 2019 Department of Defence Base Services Contractor Awards. The prestigious annual award recognises the contractor that has demonstrated a true partnered approach to service delivery, and key behaviour principles such as respect, trust, accountability, integrity, fairness and commitment.
“BGIS has consistently found ways to reduce costs and drive improved value for the Department of Defence,” explained Steve Grzeskowiak, Deputy Secretary of Estate and Infrastructure, who announced the winners in an online award presentation. “The team are constantly implementing initiatives that deliver real benefits in the long term, such as lighting upgrades at the Garden Island naval base, or engaging industry experts in asset auditing to improve accuracy of estate data, which helps significantly when planning for future works.”
Since 2014, BGIS has provided an integrated range of facility management, trade and operational support services at 150 Defence sites across New South Wales. “Our partnership with the Department of Defence extends back over 20 years, and is built upon a foundation of continuous improvement,” said Brad Robbins, BGIS’ Managing Director – Operations, Defence and FMO. “On this contract, we have a dedicated team of more than 260 staff who have worked hard over the years to build a strong relationship with Defence, and this award is an endorsement of the team’s consistent service excellence and vision to deliver best practice.”
Indigenous engagement is a key priority for the Department of Defence, and the Base Services Contractor of the Year award also recognises BGIS for sharing this core value. The organisation has engaged an Aboriginal-owned and -operated business to provide workers for its cleaning services contract with the Department of Defence, achieving an impressive 43 per cent Indigenous employment rate.