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6 September 2018
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Data collection for the Consult Australia/Management for Design FY2017/18 Practice Performance Survey and Benchmarking Report is now underway and will remain open until 30 September 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!


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Policy news

Consult Australia Male Champions of Change release second annual progress report

The Consult Australia Male Champions of Change (CAMCC) released their second annual Progress Report last week to a full house of industry leaders. Consult Australia CEO Megan Motto opened the event, highlighting the group's commitment to breaking down systemic and cultural barriers impeding  women’s advancement before introducing Laurice Temple who gave a powerful keynote address. Those present also heard from Patrick Hill, Chair of CAMCC, who recognised his fellow Champions for their resolve and commitment, and a Panel of Champions who discussed what the program means for their organisation.



Mental Health Thought Leadership Report – Request for example Initiatives

Consult Australia’s Mental Health Working Group has been busy putting together a thought leadership report on creating mentally healthy workplaces in our sector. This report seeks to outline actions that consulting firms can put in place to meet their obligations around mental health and to help businesses ‘thrive’ as a result. To support this report, we are requesting feedback from other Consult Australia member firms on workplace mental health initiatives, either formal or informal. If you have some examples you would like to share, please contact James Robertson.



New Practice Note for members on Labour Hire Licensing Laws

Queensland, South Australia and Victoria have brought in new requirements that businesses engaging in labour hire must hold a license. Although genuine secondments are typically excluded, if you are sourcing staff external to your business, then on-supplying them to a client, you will need to look carefully at whether a license is required. We have prepared a Practice Note to assist your business in navigating the new rules – click here (member access only). We have also made a submission to the Victorian Government on their draft Regulations requesting an exemption for professional consulting businesses which you can read here.



Victorian State Election 2018 – Consult Australia's Election Platform

Consult Australia, through the Victorian Committee, has published its Election Platform for the upcoming Victorian Election on 24 November. The platform focuses on improving the Victorian Government’s procurement practices, including the recommendation to adopt Consult Australia's Model Client Policy. We also encourage political parties to commit to developing a strategy to expand and diversify the talent pipeline for built environment careers, increasing the state's capacity to continue to deliver infrastructure projects at scale. A copy of the Election Platform is available here.



IPA's 2018 Infrastructure Budget Monitor

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) has released its latest report, the 2018 Infrastructure Budget Monitor. The monitor brings together IPA's budget analysis to provide an overview of infrastructure investment across all Australian governments. The report highlights a two-economy divide for infrastructure in Australia, with New South Wales and Victoria clearly leading the way through their strong fiscal positions and asset recycling initiatives. IPA's CEO Adrian Dwyer will be attended the next meeting of our Infrastructure and Urban Design Roundtable.


Member services & events

Book now for the 2018 Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner

The 2018 Awards for Excellence gala dinner will be held 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!



Free Webinar: Digital Transformation: The Future of Project Management

Join Consult Australia and Deltek on Wednesday 19 September for our free webinar. Learn how firms can prepare themselves for larger and more complex projects? Are you still using traditional technologies that can't support modern working methods? As a business continues to grow, it will become more inefficient, increasing risk on projects which is compounded by clients expecting higher levels of service and quality. Register today as Deltek presents the future for project management.

Industry news

R U OK Day – Thursday 13 September 2018

Next Thursday is R U OK Day. This inspirational initiative seeks to inspire and empower us to meaningfully connect with others and support anyone struggling with life. With eight Australians dying every day from suicide, it is a topic we must confront. Research shows the risk of suicide increases when someone feels isolated and believes they are a burden on others. We can be part of a culture that values meaningful connections with others. An R U OK Day toolkit focused on the workplace is available here.



Business Women Champions of the Heart launches in Sydney

The Heart Foundation has joined forces with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to launch 'Business Women Champions of the Heart', the nation’s first network of senior business women dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease in women. The network comprises 16 senior female leaders of industry associations and business chambers who will be ambassadors for the Heart Foundation, supporting its efforts to educate the community about heart disease in women. To find out more about women and heart disease, click here.



2019 Client Choice Awards now open

Consult Australia is delighted to announce that Consulting Engineering and Built Environment firms of all sizes are now able to enter the Client Choice Awards. To do this Consult Australia is partnering with beaton, the Australian-based pre-eminent ratings and review consultancy for the professions. Entries are now open and surveying begins on 1 October this year. The Winners will be announced on 27 March next year and every firm that enters will receive a full report on the feedback from their clients.



Final Call: Up to $8,000 available for Women's Leadership Development

Women currently working in the construction sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $8,000 to support participation in a leadership development program. Funding must be apportioned by the end of September and it is unsure when these grants will be available again. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form prior to 5pm on September 21, For further information click 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!

How to build a client centric culture | Brisbane 12 September
In this interactive workshop, you will learn, why you should focus on retaining existing clients not just gaining new ones. The 8 key factors proven to drive superior business performance. The Market Responsiveness Index™ (MRI) – a tool that measures your organisation's capacity to respond to client needs, and can be used to help create a true client focus in your company and an interactive exercise to help create a road map to developing a client centric culture, including how to create tangible, cross-functional measurement of your client centricity efforts. Click 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


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