polytec is an Australian decorative board and laminate brand. Forever the creative thinker, polytec invests in pioneering new product and range developments to equip cabinet makers, architects, designers, and consumers alike with a palette that is contemporary, forward-looking, and comprehensive.

With 30 years’ experience, polytec is the fastest growing brand in the decorative surfaces’ category. Through its manufacturing division, polytec leads the way in its commitment to Australian manufacturing and in the development of decorative surfaces for joinery applications in kitchens, living areas, bathrooms, laundries, wardrobes, home offices, furniture, and commercial spaces. A collection of locally made and globally curated materials for horizontal and vertical surfaces provides the option of applying a consistent design appearance throughout a project, inserting highlight elements, or selecting materials that are designed to unite & compliment.

polytec works closely with the market to ensure products meet project requirements and exceed customer expectations. Committed to innovation, polytec provides the medium for crafting thoroughly considered designs with a point of difference. Whether it is a high-tech combination of timber structure with incredible colour depth and clarity, timeless neutrals, natural stone patterns, a choice of more than 150 laminates offering affordable luxury, ultra-high-gloss, matt, true to touch timber finishes, stone, and concrete-like materials—the polytec palette paves the way for memorable and remarkable design possibilities.

At the forefront of technology, polytec products are manufactured with the most technologically advanced and computer integrated manufacturing systems. A committed, skilled, and passionate workforce delivers excellence in craftsmanship and customer service on all platforms in producing materials that meld attention to detail, beautiful finishes, and durability. We take pride in offering products that are cutting-edge in quality, aesthetics, and performance, relevant to the full spectrum of project types and bringing them to market at an accessible price point.

On a daily basis, polytec strives to foster an eco-friendly and sustainable environment that minimises our environmental footprint. Making products that are long-lasting and low maintenance is central to that. polytec products are manufactured from managed and renewable plantation pine and on request can be purchased as Responsible Wood chain of custody certified. All polytec board products are manufactured from E0 or E1 CUSTOMwood MDF and CUSTOMpine particleboard. Waste is managed responsibly through recycling programs encompassing aluminium and metals and used oils, while timber waste is recycled back into energy and packaging. We subscribe to local government environmental initiatives and voluntary audits as well as our own internal Energy and Carbon Management Policy (ECM), which aligns with the Australian Government’s Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program.

Australian projects require materials that are practical, robust and a pleasure to be around. polytec has all bases covered with an array of solutions in all decorative surface product sectors including: High-Pressure Laminate, Low-Pressure Melamine, made-to-order Thermolaminated doors, Aluminium Framed doors, Ultraglaze acrylic range and Steccawood decorative battens. polytec’s diversity of colours, finishes, and prints form ranges that are designed to work together, paving the way for highly original and bespoke designs.

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With over 30 years of experience and a strong team of experienced staff, Planit Cutting Edge Solutions, 

have become the market leaders and a trusted solutions provider within the wood-working industry right across Australia.

The Planit team comes with extensive trade experience, with much of our team having used our solutions themselves in the industry. Planit has the resources available to ensure you maximise the efficiency, productivity, and profitability of your business.

Planit provides more than one solution in the quest for greater automation and continually work to invest and explore the latest software and technology available to ensure we deliver solutions that meet the needs of the evolving industry we operate in.

At Planit, we recognise the important role our solutions play in the running of a business in today’s challenging, fast-paced environment and we understand the important factors for you to stay competitive in today’s market conditions. Our extensive portfolio of software solutions will assist businesses in the wood-working industry to streamline and improve their design to manufacturing processes with a complete Business-to-Business solution.

Planit Cutting Edge Solutions, aspire to partner with our customers, as performance is a direct reflection of our customers business growth from the solutions we provide, which is why we respect the trust and investment our customers make into our company and our systems. We take pride in our reputation as the ‘industry standard’ for the systems offered in our chosen market segments.

We believe it’s not just about the software, it’s about the solution!


Design of the year 2021

Michael Ryan is a Senior Business Finance Broker at Finlease, specialising in Asset and Property finance for small and medium sized businesses. He began his career in finance over 25 years ago, starting in Business Banking before migrating to asset based lending i.e. plant and equipment finance.

Michael joined Finlease in 1997 and has been working closely with the wood working, cabinet making, kitchen and joinery industries since. Through this experience he has gained a thorough understanding of what clients are looking for when it comes to finance and how to interpret those needs into finance proposals to get his clients’ funding approved.

Michael has a dedicated and committed approach to his clients’ finance requirements and prides himself on building long lasting relationships with personalised customer service as the foundation. On top of his personal commitment, Michael is supported by Finlease’s significant buying power which comes from funding over $500mil p/a in Equipment and Vehicle finance through a dozen competitive underwriting banks and finance companies. With this in mind, Michael has the experience, knowledge and skills to be the ideal finance partner to business owners.  Michael is also a member of the National Institute of Accountants and is a registered JP.

Michael offers finance solutions for the following:

  • Equipment finance
  • Whole of banking
  • Commercial property
  • Residential property
  • Motor vehicles
  • Insurance premium finance

Michael Ryan M. 0417 279 891 | E. [email protected] | W.

CAFBA Membership No: 8203 | Australian Credit Licence: 390584 Finlease (Aust) Pty Ltd

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Fully Australian owned and operated Leda Machinery is a dedicated group of experienced wood working machinery specialists working together in the capital cities around Australia to provide our flat panel and timber industries with the best value for money equipment to serve their individual requirements. Whether high, medium or small production is required, we have the machines to suit all those customers’ needs.

With the head office and warehouse in Adelaide holding around 1,000 machines in stock, plus a substantial holding of spare parts to support the thousands of Leda and Ledacraft machines already in use around Australia, short delivery times are usually available for most of our models. 

All Leda dealers in other states run their own businesses so their focus is on “industry best” customer service to retain the satisfaction of their clients into the future. Every state has experienced technicians available to install and service all of the models we sell.

As a group, we are determined to provide the most satisfying experience possible to every client who purchases a machine and we already have many testimonials to that effect from existing customers around Australia. For top quality woodworking machinery at affordable prices, Leda Machinery are the people to see!

Apprentice of the Year - Cabinetmaking award partner

Apprentice of the Year - Furniture Award Partner

First Super is an Industry SuperFund. That means we are run only to benefit our members, many of whom work and own businesses in the furnishing, cabinetmaking and joinery industries.

First Super has been the superannuation fund for the furnishing, cabinetmaking and joinery industries since the early 1990s. We also welcome everyone working in Australia regardless of their occupation or location.

ACFA, your industry association, has been involved in First Super since the Fund’s creation as a shareholder and in having directors on First Super’s Board.

We have around 45,000 members* who trust us to manage more than $3.1 billion* of their hard-earned savings.

First Super supports over 18,000 employers across Australia from family owned to large businesses. We’re here to help you meet your super obligations and keep you informed of any super changes that may impact your business.   



Hettich Australia is part of an international, fourth generation family owned business with a heritage spanning over 135 years and a presence in over 100 countries world-wide. 

Hettich makes living spaces work beautifully through a wide range of high-quality furniture fittings, including award winning soft close hinge and drawer systems that are backed by a limited lifetime warranty, including the newly released AvanTech YOU drawer system – a revolutionary new drawer offering the ability for complete individualisation! Additional quality products in the Hettich range include folding and sliding door systems, stylish handles, European designed LED lighting, ergonomic storage solutions such as corner units and waste sorting systems, and the widest range of accessories for these products throughout the home. 

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Häfele is an international company providing hardware and fitting systems and electronic access control systems.

Around the world, customers from the furniture industry, dealers, joiners and cabinet makers, as well as architects, planners and builders all rely on Häfele's expertise and performance.


 Lincoln Sentry is the trusted partner for thousands of Australian craftsmen and design specialist. With a drive to discover innovative solutions together with a significant national infrastructure, Lincoln Sentry is ready to help you excite every space.

Established in Brisbane in 1986, Lincoln Sentry has evolved and expanded to become one of the country’s leading suppliers of speciality hardware, components and solutions to the residential and commercial sectors through cabinetmakers, joiners, shopfitters and glaziers.

With innovative and high quality products sourced from around the world, Lincoln Sentry’s national branch network and respected team of technical specialists are committed to supporting customers in growing business.

Lincoln Sentry is a proud member of DuluxGroup.


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DecoSplash® is a pioneering, high performance splashback that offers endless creative possibilities. Designed for kitchens, laundries, bathrooms and beyond, DecoSplash® allows you to choose from a collection of decorative designs, or personalise your splashback with a custom image.  Made from non-combustible solid aluminum and coated in a beautiful, hardwearing powder coated finish, DecoSplash® is a sleek solution to common splashback concerns, offering durability, design freedom and easy maintenance. Manufactured to the highest quality, DecoSplash is safe to use behind all cooktops and offers quick and easy installation for any experienced tradesperson.

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The Kitchen & Bathroom Blog was established in March 2013 and re-launched in September 2015 with a new look and format. The Kitchen & Bathroom Blog is Australia’s only independent blog specifically written and curated for the design and building industries. It is a fully searchable resource that profiles major events, new products, product launches and commentary from Australia and across the globe. 

Blogs are posted four days per week, 49 weeks per year at 6am AEST each week day, with a Friday wrap-up email sent to all subscribers. The site can by searched by keyword or category. Posts are categorised into the main interest areas of Kitchens, Bathrooms, Events (industry events, showroom openings), Interiors & Lighting, Building, Opinion & Design Trends, Awards, and International Tours. The Blog's editors regularly attend important international design shows and report on world-wide trends in design and construction.

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New Age Veneers - Premium Decorative Surfaces. At the forefront of global decorative surface technology. Today we are proud to be the chosen supplier of leading residential and commercial architects, interior designers, joiners and builders throughout Australia. Many of our clients say the versatility, stunning good looks and performance of our products was instrumental in achieving a successful outcome on their projects. For more information please visit our website - or call 02 9457 9622


It’s our business to make your business better.

Everything we do is carefully thought through, and executed, so working with us is absolutely hassle-free. We know how important a smooth-running business to is you, and how hard it is to achieve.

We’re creative and we’re trusted. We bring you the best kitchen and cabinet hardware from around the world, backed by a lifetime warranty and guaranteed delivery time.

These aren’t just things we do… it’s the ‘Furnware Way’

Let’s grow together – our business hinges on helping your business grow.

The Furnware Group stands proud on three pillars of commitment, as we have for 30 years:

  • Lifetime Warranty
  • We deliver in full and on time or you get 10% off
  • Our satisfaction promise. If you don’t love it send it back.

Link:  Furnware Group


HOMAG Group is the world's leading provider of integrated solutions for production in the woodworking industry and woodworking shops.

With around 6500 employees, we have a presence in more than 100 countries and an estimated global market share over 30%. HOMAG Group provides solutions for digitised production in combination with our range of machines and systems which extends from individual machines for trade businesses to complete, networked production lines for highly industrialised, individual furniture production.

Our customers use our range of high-tech machines and systems to produce, kitchens, flooring, windows, doors, staircases and even complete prefabricated timber-frame buildings. Our wide range of services related to the machines and systems together with the corresponding control software makes our offering unique.

Link: HOMAG – Your Solution for woodworking machinery and Software | HOMAG

Cabinet Makers Insurance Brokers (CMIB)

CMIB have a strong reputation as the leading insurance supplier within our industry, our members can now expect to receive an enhanced insurance offering from experts in our field.

CMIB are a specialist Insurance Broker; dealing solely with businesses associated with the Cabinet Making, Shopfitting, Joinery, Built-In Furniture, Stair, Windows & Door industries Australia-Wide. CMIB are part of the Sear Insurance Group of Companies; a family business with three generations of service that’s been operating for more than 45 years.

CMIB has been the market leader for the Cabinet Making, Shopfitting & Joinery industries for 15 years and insure thousands of businesses within our industry segment Nationally.

The bespoke Insurance products provided by CMIB are supported by the security of leading Insurance Companies including the largest publicly traded insurer in the world. Their aim is to enhance your insurance program and save you time by providing specifically tailored, cost effective insurance products designed for your industry and in most circumstances, will be the most competitive.


Pytha Partners

Pytha Partners are proud to be the ACFA Technology Training Partner, and excited to support the growth of Australia’s next generation of award-winning trade professionals.

Pytha Partners are the Australian distributors of the German-made CAD software, PYTHA 3D CAD. This comprehensive software system is suitable for all facets of design and manufacture, from planning to presentation to production.

With an industry-experienced and on-the-ground sales team, the software can be bundled to accommodate the varying needs of your business. And with the capacity to turn out A+ drawings and innovative projects, PYTHA 3D CAD will help you make the ACFA winners list in no time.

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Prize Partner

Milwaukee Tool is an industry-leading manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, accessories and hand tools for professional users worldwide.

Our vision is to have our products on every jobsite and in every tool box. Our mission is to improve the lives of our users.

For Cabinet and Furniture Makers, we know, work can vary drastically day-to-day, whether building, installing or repairing.

Milwaukee offers a product range that meets the diverse demands of professionals.

We have the power tools, hand tools and accessories to help you cut, fasten, drill, measure, sand – and get the job done.

To learn more about Milwaukee, visit:

Or request a demo from our Job Site Solutions team to see our carpentry range in action, on residential, commercial or industrial sites.