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14 June 2018
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Consult Australia launches our Model Client Policy


Consult Australia's Model Client Policy launched yesterday, calls on all political parties to ensure that the governments they lead, or support, behave ethically, fairly, and honestly in their dealings with the private sector. We are asking that government clients at all levels adopt our Model Client Policy, which complements governments' long-standing obligation to act as 'model litigants'. The launch has been covered on ABC Radio, and coverage is being rolled-out across the States and on social media.

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Policy news

Public Sector responses to our Model Client Policy

Consult Australia in WA put forward the concept of a 'Model Client' in response to the WA Government’s procurement review held last year, leading to our national Policy launch yesterday. Our WA Division has been successful in raising the issues through the media, in addition to discussing with key government contacts. In a significant step forward, the WA Department of Finance has indicated that it is working towards 'becoming a Model Client'. The NSW Shadow Minister for Finance has also requested a meeting with Consult Australia to receive a full briefing on the Policy.



In the Media: WA Unfair practices in Projects Event Coverage

Consult Australia's event on Unfair Contractual Practices in WA attracted media coverage by citing tough economic conditions, competitive pricing, onerous contract conditions and a lack of effective communication between those in the contractual chain, as key issues causing detriment in the industry. Business News in WA cites the collapse of 30 (approx.) WA construction businesses over the last two years, bringing the spotlight on payment and contracting practices. Read the article here.



Consult Australia to give evidence to Parliamentary Inquiry into Impediments to Business Investment

Consult Australia provided a comprehensive submission to the Federal Parliaments Inquiry into Impediments to Business Investment in the Australian economy. The submission covered relevant areas to Consult Australia members including, infrastructure governance, contract and liability issues, engineering registration, and STEM education. The full submission is available here. Consult Australia has been asked to appear before the Inquiry to give evidence in July.



Working Group meets with Infrastructure Australia to discuss business case development in Australia

This week Consult Australia's Infrastructure Working Group met with Infrastructure Australia to discuss business case development, and the areas of thought leadership that Consult Australia could take forward from our IBodies: Infrastructure Governance in Australia.



Welcoming progress made towards an Infrastructure SA

Consult Australia has welcomed the appointments of former Infrastructure Australia chairmen Sir Rod Eddington and the Hon. Mark Birrell to provide advice to the SA Government on the development of Infrastructure SA. Consult Australia's paper 'IBodies: Infrastructure Governance in Australia' includes a model for a nation-wide approach to infrastructure planning and delivery. Click here for a copy of our media statement.



Joint industry letter to reconvene the Building Ministers' Industry Forum successful

Consult Australia was a signatory on a joint industry letter (including the Property Council, HIA, Australian Institute of Architects etc), to the Federal Building Minister calling for the Building Ministers Forum to reconvene the industry forum in light of the recent Shergold & Weir report into improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry. A letter has been received from the Minister confirming that the industry forum will be reconvened, and that Consult Australia will be invited to participate.



Defence Co-Lab – Cooperation between Consultants, Contractors & Defence

The third Defence | Industry 'Co-Lab' has been held bringing together senior Defence officials, consultants and contractors. Initiated by Consult Australia, the Co-Lab has agreed on a Terms of Reference and jointly developed a Charter to aid engagement. Future activities through the Co-Lab include a CEO breakfast; work to influence the agenda of the major national conference to make it more relevant to industry; and, a nationwide consultation to help consultants and contractors better understand work that is coming up.



STEM outreach work – What is your firm doing?

As part of our investigation regarding what is being done (by Government, Industry and our firms directly) in terms of improving the pipeline of future STEM graduates, we are asking all firms to let us know what programs you might have in place (in schools, universities etc) to encourage young people into careers in STEM. We know that many of our firms have some great programs in place (like bridge building competitions etc) and we would like to do a stock take of what is already occurring before we embark on any further work ourselves. Could you please assist in this by noting in the table here any programs your firm has in place, and send it to by COB Friday 13 July.


Member services & events

Free Webinar: Charting your Future Success: Benchmarks and Best Practices to Elevate your Firm in 2018 and Beyond

Join Consult Australia and Deltek on Wednesday 4 July for a free webinar: As experts in the art of designing outcomes, architecture, engineering and construction design firms should always apply the same diligence to their business operations. Register here as Deltek presents their latest global research to help you design your firm of the future by establishing baselines, defining best practices and identifying improvement areas to achieve competitive advantage.


Insights event – Promoting Robust Fire Engineering

The non-conforming buildings products ("cladding") issue has identified a number of challenges for the consulting engineering profession not least of which is the need for an effective and acceptable framework for fire safety engineering. Firms who employ fire safety engineers or engage fire safety engineers in projects are invited to attend a Consultants Roundtable presented by the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering from the University of Sydney on Wednesday 20 June at 3pm in the offices of Consult Australia in Sydney. The Roundtable will outline the Warren Centre's Fire Safety Engineering Project, this project is part of an industry led approach to ensure consulting engineers can operate effectively and professionally with the appropriate recognition and insurance in place. To register click here.

Industry news

FIDIC – Young Professionals Management Training Programme Survey

The FIDIC Young Professionals Forum Steering Committee (YPFSC) are conducting a survey about the Young Professionals Management Training Programme (YPMTP) to determine perceived or actual barriers to entry into the industry for participants. With this knowledge the YPFSC can then tailor the marketing of the YPMTP program to better enhance the consulting industry in the future. The YPFSC invite you to participate in the survey here.



Professional Development


Upcoming professional development courses

Did you know that Consult Australia also offers in-house training?
Consult Australia can run our Contracts for Consultants, Role of the Superintendent and Safety in Design courses for your team in-house and can also give you the option to tailor the content to specifically meet your firm’s requirements. Prices for in-house courses are very competitive and you can get more information here or by emailing Enquire now!

Role of the Superintendent | Full Day
This one-day in-house program addresses the legal principles which underpin the role of the superintendent in administering construction and engineering contracts. Superintendents will gain the necessary skills to administer contracts with improved understanding and confidence, more effectively and openly, being aware of common traps that have derailed even the most experienced superintendents. More information / registration.
Sydney: 20 June
Brisbane: 8 August

Contracts for Consultants | Two and a Half Days
Review contracts with confidence. This two-and-a-half day course will systematically take you through each element of a contract so you know what to look out for, how to deal with onerous terms, and how to ensure your insurance will respond. The course is supported by extensive case studies and workshop sessions. More information / registration.
Sydney: 21-23 June
Brisbane: 9-11 August

Safety in Design | Two Days
This intensive two-day seminar addresses safety issues relating to design and provides practical tools on how to eliminate hazards at the design stage. Examples of documentation and procedures are given so you can incorporate SiD into your day-to-day practices. Key advice will be given on compliance with legislative duties across all states. More information / registration.
Adelaide: 26-27 July
Brisbane: 20-21 August


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