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The ARA Group began operations in 2001. The founders of ARA, Edward Federman and Leo Browne, envisioned creating an essential building services business for facilities and infrastructures. ARA has remained a privately owned and employee-owned organisation.

Today, ARA is comprised of four complementary operating divisions – ARA Electrical, ARA Products, ARA Fire & Security and ARA Property Services. ARA has a partnership with ARA Indigenous Services. The underlying products and services of each division are:

ARA Electrical – provides industrial low voltage and high voltage installation and service

ARA Products – manufactures a range of high security products and commercial doors; distributes electronic security products

ARA Fire & Security – provides installation and service of electronic security systems and fire protection systems

ARA Property Services – provides building maintenance and repair services, cleaning services and installation and service of air conditioning and building automation systems

ARA Indigenous Services is a majority Indigenous owned business with the ARA Group as a minority investor. ARA Indigenous Services provides cleaning services and is a conduit for all of ARA services.

For twenty-one years now, we have worked to grow the company both organically and through strategic acquisitions. We have used cash flow from operations, a continued infusion of equity from our employees and shareholders and borrowings from our banks to fund our organic growth and our acquisitions. At all times, we have made certain that we kept our balance sheet strong and limited our borrowed funds to the extent that our earnings and cash flow could support those borrowings. And, we have worked hard to pay a good return to our shareholders with fully franked dividends.

“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 clients require of us.”

Edward Federman,

Executive Chair and Managing Director of the ARA Group

Integration of & solutions for electronic security and fire protection.

Security Solutions

Access Control

CCTV

ATM Security & Guarding

Electronic Security Solutions

Safes, Vaults & Teller Units

Locksmith Services

Fire Protection

Inspection & Testing

Sprinkler Systems

Detection & EWIS Systems

Passive & Fire Doors

Portable Systems

Special Hazards

Oxygen Reduction

Pipe Fabrication

Commercial cleaning & building services.

Cleaning Services

Commercial Cleaning

Healthcare Cleaning Food

Processing Cleaning Grounds

Maintenance Waste Management & Recycling

Building Services

Remedial Building Repairs

Insurance Building Repairs

24/7 Emergency Service

Exterior & Interior Design

Fit Outs of Interior Spaces

Refurbishments Multi Trade

Services Thermal Imaging

Maintenance

Mechanical Services

HVAC Design

Mechanical Ventilation

Air Conditioning

Chiller Plants

Building Automation

Energy Management

Metering

Electrical, high voltage, data & engineering.

Electrical Services

High Voltage Services

Low Voltage Services

Engineering Solutions

Installation Services

Switchboards Mobile

Switch Rooms

Data Centres

Structured Cabling

Distribution & manufacturing.

Distribution of

Access Control

CCTV

Photo ID Systems

Identity Security

Architectural Hardware

Manufacturing of

Commercial Doors

Industrial Doors

High Security Doors

Physical Security Systems

Ballistic Glass

Bollards, Gates and Commercial Bicycle Racks

Joinery and Lockers

Highlights from the ARA Story

  2001
The ARA Group is established.
  2003 – 2006
ARA achieves organic growth of 50 per cent.
  2007
ARA becomes an employee-owned company.
  2016
ARA expands into New Zealand.
  2017
ARA acquires CMC Property Services. ARA acquires 49 per cent of CMC Indigenous Services and establishes ARA Indigenous Services.
  2018
ARA launches Reconciliation Action Plan for 2018-2020.
  2019
ARA reaches new heights with a record revenue of $555 million. ARA continues to expand in New Zealand with new acquisition Neda Facilities Management (NFM) and Metalbilt.
  2020
ARA achieves a 10th consecutive year of record revenue of $621 million.