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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. Today, ARA remains privately owned, but more importantly it is now an employee-owned organisation.

The ARA Group comprises of four complementary operating divisions – ARA Electrical, ARA Products, ARA Fire & Security and ARA Property Services. The ARA Group also 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 services.

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.

Since 2001, 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.

Fire Protection

Inspection & Testing

Sprinkler Systems

Detection & EWIS Systems

Passive & Fire Doors

Portable Systems

Special Hazards

Fire suppression systems

Electronic Security

Access Control

Intrusion Systems


ATM Security

Electronic Security Solutions

Safes, Vaults & Teller Units

Locksmith Services

Marine Services

Fire Fighting Systems
& Equipment

Air Systems

Pressure vessels, Relief Valves
& Mechanical Equipment

Ships Boats & davits

Lifeboats & Davits

Ship Repair &
Underwater Services

Marine Electrical
& Automation

Commercial cleaning, building services & building energy management. 

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

Multi-trade Services

Thermal Imaging

Building 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 Installation & Service

Low Voltage Installation & Service

Engineering Design & Solutions

Manufacture of Switchboards
& Switchrooms

Structured Cabling

Distribution & manufacturing.

Manufacturing of

Commercial Doors

Industrial Doors

High Security Doors

Physical Security Systems

Ballistic Glass

Bollards, Gates
& Commercial Bicycle Racks

Joinery & Lockers

Electronic Security Products

Access Control


Photo ID Systems

Identity Security

Architectural Hardware

Highlights from the ARA Story

The ARA Group is established.
  2003 – 2006
ARA achieves organic growth of 50 per cent.
ARA becomes an employee-owned company.

The ARA Endowment Fund is established.

ARA expands into New Zealand.

ARA acquires CMC Property Services.


ARA acquires 49 per cent of CMC Indigenous Services and establishes ARA Indigenous Services.

ARA expands into New Zealand.
ARA launches Reconciliation Action Plan for 2018-2020.

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.

ARA achieves a 10th consecutive year of record revenue of $621 million.