polytec (a Borg company) is an Australian decorative board and laminate brand that invests in pioneering new products and range developments to equip cabinet makers, architects, designers, and consumers alike with a palette that is contemporary, forward-looking, and comprehensive.

The fastest-growing brand in the decorative surfaces’ category, polytec is leading the way in its commitment to Australian manufacturing and in the development of decorative surfaces for joinery applications in residential and commercial spaces.

polytec’s collection of locally made and globally curated materials for horizontal and vertical surfaces provides the option of applying consistent and thoughtful design elements throughout a project with materials that unite and complement a design.

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. polytec take pride in offering products that are cutting-edge in quality, aesthetics and performance and bringing them to market at an accessible price point.

polytec has 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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Cabinet Maker of the year 2023

AWISA was formed in 1986 by the principal suppliers to the Australian woodworking industry. The main aims of the association are to present industry exhibitions, publish industry magazines, co-operate with other organisations in the woodworking industry, and to uphold the highest ethical standards and to encourage members to do the same.


Design of the year 2023

Meet Michael Ryan, a Senior Business Finance Broker at Finlease who specialises in Asset and Property finance for small and medium-sized businesses.

With over 25 years of experience in the finance industry, Michael started his career in Business Banking before transitioning to asset-based lending, specifically in plant and equipment finance.

At Finlease since 1997, Michael has built a deep understanding of the wood working, cabinet making, kitchen, and joinery industries, enabling him to interpret clients' finance needs and secure funding approvals. He prides himself on delivering personalised customer service and building lasting relationships with clients.

Michael's extensive experience and skills are bolstered by Finlease's substantial buying power, which stems from funding over $700mil p/a in Equipment and Vehicle finance through a network of underwriting banks and finance companies.

As a member of the National Institute of Accountants and a registered JP, Michael is the ideal finance partner for business owners looking for a dedicated and knowledgeable professional. By choosing Michael as your finance broker, you can expect top-notch customer service and the expertise needed to secure funding for your business.

 Michael offers finance solutions for the following:

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

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 | Furniture

First Super is an industry super fund that manages more than A$3.6 billion on behalf of 47,000 members, many of whom work and own businesses in the furnishing, cabinetmaking and joinery industries.

We have a long-standing relationship with ACFA. And when we say ‘long-standing,’ we mean from the very beginning of compulsory super. ACFA helped establish the original furniture industry super fund, from which First Super was later formed. Today, we are proud to partner with ACFA and continue our work together.

As well as competitive fees and consistently strong returns, First Super aims to deliver superior service for its members and employers. Because of our strong connection to your industry, we understand the specific challenges and opportunities for super in your workplace. That’s why we strive to make things easier for employers and members alike.

First Super members enjoy benefits such as: 

  • strong long-term investment returns* 
  • a range of investment options
  • access to qualified Financial Planners^ 
  • competitive insurance cover inside super
  • competitive administration fees 
  • roll in super functionality 
  • secure online account access 
  • dedicated helpline
  • dedicated Member and Employer Services team**

Ready to join First Super?

For more information click here or call our member services team on 1300 360 988. 


* Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.

**Member and Employer Services Coordinators can provide factual information and general advice only.

^First Super Financial Planners are authorised representatives of Industry Fund Services Limited (ABN 54 007 016 195, AFSL 232514). Fees may apply for personal financial advice. IFS is responsible for any advice given to you by its authorised representative.

Issued by First Super Pty Ltd (ABN 42 053 498 472, AFSL 223988), as Trustee of First Super (ABN 56 286 625 181). This article contains general advice which has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider whether the advice is appropriate for you and read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before making any investment decisions.  To obtain a copy of the PDS or Target Market Determination please contact First Super on 1300 360 988 or visit our website



In the not-too-distant future of 2024, Planit will be celebrating 40 years of providing software solutions to the woodworking industry. These solutions have been an integral part to the success of thousands of companies Australia wide. We take great care with all our customers, beginning with an in-depth consult, then tailoring solutions to their needs and implementing them so they integrate into your business. 

Our extensive portfolio assists businesses to streamline and improve their design to manufacturing systems, representing a complete Business-to-Business solution. Our philosophy is to provide our customers with the knowledge and assistance required to ensure our software solutions continue to deliver on their investment. We enjoy connecting with our customers through various seminars and events, hearing how CABINET VISION, Vortek Spaces and eLaser have helped grow their business and played a vital role in their success. 

 At Planit, it is the people that make us. Our team has a wealth of experience and love sharing this with our customers to transform and improve their businesses.


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.



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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BEST BATHROOM - Renovation

goCabinets is a FREE platform that allows trade professionals to order cabinets direct from their local CNC manufacturer. Get real-time quotes on your jobs, which can be sent to your aligned manufacturer for production when you're ready to go. With thousands of options at your fingertips, your custom projects can be specified to your exact requirements, ready for assembly or installation.


best Alfresco PROJECT 

This 12-day International Design Tour will take in the latest releases in kitchen design, appliance technology, bathroom fittings and fixtures, the latest lighting concepts, and furniture design.

Attendees will also enjoy immersive visits to sponsors Laminam, Pedini, Gollinucci and Olympia Ceramica for a behind-the-scenes look into the design and manufacturing processes that bring these products to life. With evening events in Milan and a visit to the renowned Brera design district, this is an event not to be missed.

Salone del Mobile is Europe’s premier interior design show and attracts a huge number of international visitors every year. The show is a must-see for anyone in the kitchen, bathroom or interior design industries.

Exhibitors come from around the world to show off their design flair, creativity and innovation. The show also comprises young designers, furnishings, fabrics, interior design, and furniture.

As regular visitors and tour leaders to many overseas design shows, Simon Hodgson and Melanie Gardener are well placed to guide you effortlessly through your time at iSalone, Milan Design Districts, Eurocucina and Salone Bagno and with sponsors. Let AIDT take the stress out of your trip and help you enjoy this fascinating experience with other like-minded industry professionals. Spaces are limited and selling fast. 

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Best Commercial Project 

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

WORKPLACE champion of the YEar


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.



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.


We are pleased to announce that, as of 3 July 2023, Ledlin Lawyers is now part of FCW Lawyers.

We remain committed to finding new and better ways to help our clients. And in joining FCW Lawyers, we continue this mission but with the support of a larger team and a dedicated, skilled business support team. This union maintains FCW’s national expansion and continues its journey toward a full service, national commercial firm, providing clients with national support across industries. We look forward to continuing working with our loyal clients and referrers as we introduce you to our new firm

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.


Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly (K&B) is Australia’s best-selling kitchen and bathroom publication. Building or upgrading a kitchen or bathroom is a journey, filled with many decisions regarding tiles, tapware, fixtures, fittings, colours and finishes. K&B offers over 200 pages of design inspiration and innovative products and services to help your decision-making process just a little easier.