Follow Consult Australia on twitter
CE Update
4 October 2018
Consult Australia

Following the announcement of CEO Megan Motto's departure from Consult Australia, the Board is delighted to announce that Nicola Grayson, Director-Policy & Government Relations, has accepted the role of Acting CEO, commencing from Megan's departure in November. In addition, Kisanne Dulin, Director-Membership & Commercial Services, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (effective 15 October) with an expanded portfolio of responsibilities. Megan will work closely with both Nicola and Kisanne over the coming weeks—ensuring a smooth transition and continuity for our members, staff and partners.

National Partners

Policy news

Guest speaker – ClimateWorks and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) Built to Perform Project

Michael Li (Project Manager at ClimateWorks) will be joining the next Best Practice Roundtable meeting on 29 October from 11am to midday to discuss their Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code report and some of the broader challenges around improving the energy efficiency of buildings. If you are interested in attending this presentation or hearing more about the work of the Best Practice Roundtable, please contact James Robertson.



Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) – Accessible Housing Regulatory Impact Analysis

The Australian Government has tasked the ABCB to investigate, through a Regulatory Impact Analysis, the merits of introducing minimum standards for accessible housing through the National Construction Code. To support this work, ABCB have developed an Accessible Housing Options Paper for public consultation. National consultation forums on the paper will also be hosted in capital cities throughout October (dates and registration details are available here).



Proposal to improve building certifier independence by introducing a rotation-based scheme

All states and territories are considering their response to the review of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry set out in the 'Shergold & Weir' Report. Whilst the report (and industry) has called for implementation of any reforms to be adopted consistently across jurisdictions, this week the NSW Government is looking at new methods of appointment for private certifiers, by rotating who is available, to minimise certifiers facing pressure that could compromise their ability to act in the public interest. An options paper has been released for public comment.



Federal Labor's gender pay gap transparency policy

Amid the recent public discussion around the topic, Labor re-released their gender pay gap transparency policy last week. This policy will require companies with more than 1000 employees to report their gender pay gap publicly and will change the Fair Work Act 2009 to prohibit pay secrecy clauses in contracts. Consult Australia will be responding to the policy through its Male Champions of Change initiative, which will focus on highlighting the positive actions of this group. If you have feedback, please contact James Robertson.



Research project on cultural and gender diversity of dispute tribunals for the construction and engineering sector

The international arbitration community in recent years has focused on addressing diversity issues in arbitration. However, anecdotal evidence suggests construction disputes are still decided by panels that do not reflect the diversity of those practicing in the area. The Dispute Resolution Board Foundation has launched a global survey for users of construction arbitration, Dispute Boards and adjudications to better understand what can be done to improve gender and cultural diversity in this area. If you are interested in completing this survey, please follow this link.



Additional representatives for Standards Australia Committees

Standards Australia are seeking representatives from Consult Australia's membership on the list of committees below. Becoming a member of a Standards Australia technical committee provides a valuable opportunity to shape specifications, procedures and guidelines that help ensure products and systems are safe, consistent and reliable. Please contact James Robertson if you are interested or would like to nominate someone to join one of the below groups.


Member services & events

Final days to book for the 2018 Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner!

The 2018 Awards for Excellence gala dinner will be held next week at the Park Hyatt Melbourne on Wednesday 10 October. Get your table together (or just bring a few colleagues) and book now to be part of celebrating our industry and a year of outstanding people and projects. Book now!



Deadline Extension for FY2017/18 Practice Performance Survey and Benchmarking Report-get your data in now

Data collection for the Consult Australia/Management for Design FY2017/18 Practice Performance Survey and Benchmarking Report is now underway and has been extended until 14 October 2018. The survey is open to all Consult Australia member firms (regardless of size) and there is no cost associated with the survey or the resulting report—so there is no excuse for not participating! All participants will receive a copy of the relevant benchmarking report which will show you how your firm is performing against a range of key performance indicators (including revenues, expenses, size, utilisation and profit margins).The benchmarking report is only available to participating firms so click here to get started and make sure you get your data in!

Industry news

Geocellullar Stormwater Management

ACO StormBrixx is a unique patented plastic geocellular stormwater management system designed for surface water retention, detention and infiltration. It is a versatile system suitable for applications across all construction environments. It can be installed as a standalone solution or as part of an integrated Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD). ACO StormBrixx is the world’s leading stormwater management system for the following reasons:

  1. Structural Integrity
  2. Access, maintenance and low construction depth
  3. Simplified handling and logistics.

Watch the StormBrixx video to learn more.


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!

Diversity & Inclusion: Benefits, Barriers and Best Practice | Brisbane 24 October, Sydney 25 October
As the movement to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces grows, companies are keen to get on board. But where to start? This practical, interactive session invites business leaders to deeply engage on all aspects of ‘D&I’ – from the economic to the personal – and launches the first step in co-creating contemporary, high-performing cultures where all can thrive. Like any business strategy, it starts with leadership. Register for Brisbane here or Sydney here.

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: 31 October
Melbourne: 14 November
Canberra: 21 November

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: 1-3 November
Melbourne: 15-17 November
Canberra: 22-24 November

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.
Canberra: 25-26 November
Sydney: 15-16 November


Go to
Follow Consult Australia on twitter
To unsubscribe simply email UNSUBSCRIBE to 2018 Consult Australia. All rights reserved.