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19 April 2018
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Register your interest in Migration Briefing with Department of Home Affairs, Assistant-Secretary Michael Willard


Consult Australia will be hosting a migration briefing session with the Assistant Secretary, Economic Policy Branch, Immigration and Citizenship Policy Division, Michael Willard, which will provide members with the opportunity to raise any concerns about dealing with the Department of Home Affairs. To register your interest for the briefing, please contact Stephen Kuper by COB Monday, 21 May 2018. (Open to members only.)

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Difficulty navigating Skilled Migration? Participate in the Skilled Migration Occupation Lists Phone Conference

Consult Australia will be hosting a phone conference with the Department of Home Affairs regarding the Skilled Migration Occupation Lists with a nominated date of Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 11AM, please register your organisation's representative and interest with Stephen Kuper by COB Monday, 30 April 2018. More information about the proposed changes to the migration list is available here. (Open to members only.)



Construction Industry Leadership Forum (CILF) Briefing

Consult Australia was invited to a briefing of the CILF, which is a project set up by the major Australian contractors and the Office of the Coordinator-General Major Transport Infrastructure (Vic) and Infrastructure NSW. The CILF has been set up in response to the pressure that government and contractors are under to deliver an unprecedented amount of infrastructure investment in the two States. The CILF is focusing on capacity/capability building, and commercial issues (e.g. risk, cost of tendering, harmonisation and innovation), and is seeking broader industry input over time. Click here for the communique, and for further information contact Nicola Grayson.



How easy is it to export your services overseas if you're a small/medium business?

The Federal Government has begun an inquiry into supporting small and medium-sized business to pursue export opportunities through Australia’s free trade agreements (FTAs). Consult Australia would like to put forward a submission on behalf of its small/medium members, and seeks your feedback on whether your firm has been able to take advantage of Australia's FTA to export services overseas. If yes, what has your experience been, or if no, why? Contact Nicola Grayson to discuss, and for further information, click here.



Trade Barriers—the challenges of digital trade: share your experiences

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is seeking feedback from Australian businesses on the opportunities and challenges arising from digital trade to inform Australia's position in its Free Trade Agreement/WTO negotiations. For example, does your firm experience any e-commerce regulatory barriers, such as lack of transparency of laws and regulations, that impede your market access; or any restrictions on cross-border transfers of information or requirements to localise information restricting your business operations, or influencing your decision to trade or invest? Contact Nicola Grayson to discuss.



Has your firm used a migration or education agent? Australian Government Parliamentary Inquiry seeks feedback

The Federal Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Migration has launched an inquiry into the efficacy of current regulation of Australian migration agents, click here for the terms of reference. As such, the Committee has launched an anonymous online questionnaire seeking feedback. The questionnaire enables anyone who has engaged the services of a migration agent or education agent to make a contribution to the inquiry. The survey questionnaire will close on Friday 1 June 2018 and is available here.



People & HR (formerly Skills) Roundtable Update

At the April meeting of the People & HR Roundtable the discussion focused on the development of thought leadership pieces. The first is an analysis of the causes behind Australia's STEM skills shortages, and the second is promoting workplace Mental Health in the consulting industry. If you would like to contribute please contact Steve Kuper. (Open to members only.)


Member services & events

Final call! Free Webinar: Measuring project performance – from data to decisions, registrations close today

Join Consult Australia and Deltek on Friday 20 April for a free webinar: Measuring Project Performance—from data to decisions. This webinar will show you how, with the right technology, you can get the data and visibility you need for your business to gain an edge and get ahead of the competition. For further details and to register, click here.


Not currently a member of Consult Australia?

As an industry association, membership of Consult Australia is corporate and as such the advantages of membership—including roundtable participation and training and event discounts—are available to all staff in your organisation. You can find out more about the benefits of membership (and apply to join) here.



ConsultHR is an online web-based subscription tool that enables businesses to comply with current Australian industrial relations laws and demonstrate best practice in their human resources, industrial relations and work health and safety management.  Tailored specifically for our industry ConsultHR provides subscribers with easy access to 28 specially selected HR contracts, policies and templates that will enable everyone, including those whose focus is on other areas of the business, to manage their people resources as effectively and efficiently as possible. Click here to check out the service or get more information by contacting Kisanne Dulin.

Industry news

ICC to be Examined at ARBS 2018 Speaker Series

A case study highlighting the unique features of Sydney ICC's central energy plant is just one of the discussions as part of ARBS2018 Speaker Series. Delivered by the lead consulting engineers and contractors behind the $1.5 billion redevelopment, they will explore the challenges faced throughout the project and key lessons learned. Join the lead engineers behind the project on a rare opportunity to conduct a site tour of ICC central chiller plant room and experience the system in operation. Register here.



FIDIC – ASPAC Conference 2018 registrations now open

FIDIC invites you to join them at the 2018 FIDIC – ASPAC Conference. This years conference will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 24-27 June. The theme of the conference this year is 'Infrastructure Connectivity in the ASPAC region'. To access the full program and take advantage of the Early Bird ticket rate, register here.



Wear Red and support RedR Australia

RedR Australia’s annual fundraiser—Wear Red for RedR Day—will be on Friday 4 May this year so you have plenty of time to start thinking about how your office can engage with these activities and raise funds to support a great cause! For further information on the day's fundraising events and additional information about the great work RedR do to support people in disaster-affected countries and those who have fled conflict around the world visit their website.



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.
Adelaide: 16 May
Perth: 23 May

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 cases studies and workshop sessions. More information / registration.
Adelaide: 17-19 May
Perth: 24-26 May

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.
Sydney: 10-11 May
Melbourne: 31 May - 1 June


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