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ARA Property Services offers a comprehensive range of cleaning, and maintenance services for commercial, industrial, healthcare, education, government and food manufacturing facilities across Australia.

We are a leading provider in integrated facility services, including:

  • Commercial cleaning: providing quality cleaning services to suit your needs and budget on time, every time.
  • Healthcare cleaning: specialist healthcare cleaning completed to strict standards.
  • Maintenance: delivering cost-effective, preventative and reactive maintenance solutions.
  • Procurement & supply: seasoned specialists in waste management, hygiene, and consumable procurement services

Our extensive experience in complete facility services and reporting provides us with a clear insight into your facility’s unique needs and enables us to continuously deliver a thorough service. Our customers span across the commercial, healthcare, government, educational, corporate, multi-site, food manufacturing, office (major high-rise structures), aged care and retail industries.

We offer three key services: commercial cleaning, healthcare cleaning and maintenance services. ARA Property Services is based in every state and operates in all capital cities, regional cities and most regional areas throughout Australia.


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Our Values


We create physically and culturally safe places for our people and community by embracing diversity, being transparent and being kind to one another.


We hold ourselves and each other accountable by being true to our word and by building a high-performance culture that delivers value to our customers.


We build lasting, healthy relationships by encouraging each other to be authentic and true to oneself.


We support the improvement and growth of our people, systems and processes whilst embracing and responding effectively to changing environments.


Our History

CMC was founded over 30 years ago by Paul McCann, CEO of ARA Property Services today. CMC came to ARA with an outstanding group of clients and contracts. ARA Property Services is principally known as a commercial cleaning business that also offers other integrated property maintenance services.

In 2013, CMC Property Services had expanded their property maintenance and emergency response services nationally to reach more of their clients.

In 2015, Michael O’Loughlin and Paul McCann had founded the CMC Indigenous Services division, which is known as ARA Indigenous Services today. This partnership was the beginning of the ARA Group’s objective to increase First Nations and Indigenous employment and engagement.

Effective 1st May 2017, ARA acquired 100% of the CMC Property Services Group.



CMC Property Services was founded by Paul McCann who remains the CEO of ARA Property Services today. 


Certified in ISO 9001 Quality, ISO 4801 OHS and ISO 14001 Environmental.


Developed our first bespoke IT Solution, eCRM – to change the face of customer service and become innovators and leaders in our field.


Started delivering integrated property maintenance and emergency response services, nationally.


Secured large work packages of Australia Post National Cleaning Contract adding to a considerable growth phase.


Partnered with Very Special Kids and maintains a long-standing partnership.


CMC Indigenous Services (now ARA Indigenous Services) formed by Paul McCann and former Sydney Swans superstar Michael O’Loughlin.


Winner at Annual FMA Industry Awards for Excellence in the Collaborative Partnerships catergory.


ARA acquired 100% of CMC Property Services.


Winner at BSCAA Vic AustralianSuper Industry Excellence Awards for Industry Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Sustainability.


ARA Indigenous Services achieves EcoVadis Gold Medal Status. 

Meet OUR team

Our people

Paul McCann

Managing Director, ARA Property Services

Paul has over 25 years’ extensive experience in commercial cleaning and property maintenance sectors and was the founder of CMC Property Services in 1994, which was acquired by the ARA Group in 2017, creating the seventh ARA Division, ARA Property Services.

Paul is an innovative and environmentally focused modern day executive with an ongoing commitment to continual innovation, technology, customer service and the environment. He is particularly passionate about leading and developing people and driving continuous improvement.

Paul has managed large contract portfolios, transitions and client relations over a long period. Paul has served on the BSCAA (Building Services Contractors Association of Australia) as an Executive for over 12 years and was the Victorian President for 2 years. Paul is a member of the FMA (Facility Management Association of Australia).

Connect with Paul McCann on LinkedIn


Shannon Laffey 

Executive General Manager, ARA Property Services

Shannon Laffey was appointed Executive General Manager of ARA Property Services in May 2023.

Shannon has over 25 years’ experience working across essential services sectors including power, water, gas, and renewable energy. He has held various roles in private and public businesses with extensive experience in operations and maintenance, project management, commercial and contract management, business development and strategic growth.

Shannon is an energetic and authentic leader, passionate about safety, continuous improvement, and business optimisation. Shannon is Lean Six Sigma Certified with a formal education in Business Administration.

Shannon is a member (MAICD) of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Connect with Shannon Laffey on LinkedIn



Health, Safety and Environment 

At ARA Property Services we aim to create physically and culturally safe places for our people and community. We are committed to safety, quality, and environmental management and believe this is fundamental to ensuring a safe and healthy workplace for all staff, subcontractors, clients, and everyone who may be affected by our services.

Dedicate People, Safety and Compliance Team

We are supported by an experienced team of safety professionals located across Australia. This team deals with all aspects of work health and safety, quality, and environmental management throughout ARA Property Services, and is always available to provide ongoing advice, coaching and support to our people leaders, employees, and subcontractors in identifying, managing, and preventing risks.

Like many of our clients, we have adopted the ICAM framework, and our safety team and many of our people leaders are ICAM trained and certified.

The safety team provide and undertake:

  • Important information and training on all job tasks, critical risks, and safe work methods;
  • Safety and quality inspections and leadership walks to facilitate engagement and discussion with our people.
  • Safety meetings across all levels of the organisation, including toolbox meetings, leadership interaction, new safety campaigns and innovation in safety;
  • Ongoing reviews and analysis of safety performance and trends, including lead and lag indicators with a continuous improvement mindset;
  • Hazard Alerts, Incident and Legislative updates to ensure workers receive timely information.

Environmental Commitment

We are focused on developing solutions to reduce our energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We place a strong emphasis on meeting or exceeding our compliance obligations, including taking responsibility for preventing and managing harm and rehabilitating or offsetting our impact where required.

Our partners, ARA Indigenous Services have achieved Gold Medal Status with EcoVadis. This means we are placed amongst the top 5 percent of companies assessed by EcoVadis, which includes four key themes:

• Environment
• Ethics
• Labor and Human Rights
• Sustainable Procurement

NoC02 Carbon Neutral Program – ARA Indigenous Services is Certified Carbon Neutral by the NoC02 Carbon Neutral Program. The NoC02 Carbon Neutral Program is the longest running and market leading change certification program in Australia. It has a reputation as a benchmark for carbon neutral and low carbon certification programs in Australia.

Our Accreditations

We have an Integrated Management System that is accredited to:

  • Safety Management – AS 4801: ARA Property Services provides an effective occupational health and safety management system. Through the ARA Group, our system complies with AS/NZS 4801-2001 and ISO 45001-2018: Occupational Health and Safety management systems and are accredited to this standard by Global-Mark Pty Ltd.

  • Quality Management – ISO 9001: ARA Property Services offers the highest quality management with a strong focus on our clients, our process approach and continuous improvement. Through the ARA Group, our management system complies with AS/NZS ISO 9001-2015: Quality Management Systems and are accredited to this standard by Global-Mark Pty Ltd.

  • Environmental Management – ISO 14001: ARA Property Services takes our environmental responsibility very seriously. Our management system complies with AS/NZS ISO 14001-2015: Environmental Management Systems and are accredited to this standard by Global-Mark Pty Ltd.