Briefing Notes

Consult Australia has developed the following briefing notes to help member firms, clients, government departments and agencies, and the broader industry respond to COVID-19:

Consult Australia has also developed the below member briefing notes to support member firms in their response to COVID-19.

Members only Briefing Notes





Industry Health Check

Consult Australia conducted a membership-wide health check from 21 to 29 May 2020.  Member firms were asked to provide feedback on COVID-19 impacts to date and their perspective on the six-month outlook. This health check highlighted the following concerns for the industry:

  • Two-thirds of member firms are seeing a reduction in work from COVID-19, with one-third of normal operations being the average reduction;
  • Nearly all member firms experiencing a reduction in work indicate that privately funded projects have contributed to this downturn (98 per cent).  This compares to 24 per cent for publicly funded projects;
    Commercial, residential and industrial building were by far the stand out project types impacted;
  • 53 per cent of member firms believe their pipeline of work over the next six months will shrink further; and
  • 56 per cent of member firms anticipate that competition across the industry will become tighter over the next six months.

A copy of Covid-19 Pulse Survey. Findings will be used to provide data to support Consult Australia's advocacy activities.



Consult Australia is currently undertaking an extensive range of policy and advocacy engagements with Ministers and government departments and agencies in response to COVID-19.  This includes requesting a 'virtual roundtable' with the Deputy Prime Minister, Federal Industry Minister, and representatives from our member firms.

Other Ministers and government departments and agencies we have commenced engagements with on issues relating to COVID-19 are below. 


  • Treasury
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
  • Infrastructure Australia
  • Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

Australian Capital Territory

  • Chief Minister, Attorney-General, and other key ministers
  • Major Projects Canberra
  • ACT Chief Engineer

New South Wales

  • Premier, Treasurer, and other key ministers
  • Transport for NSW
  • Infrastructure NSW
  • Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Sydney Metro
  • NSW Train Link
  • Western City and Aerotropolis Authority
  • Sydney Trains
  • Health Infrastructure
  • Education Infrastructure

Northern Territory

  • Chief Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and other key ministers
  • Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
  • Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
  • Land Development Corporation
  • Power Water Corporation


  • Minister for Transport and Main Roads
  • Under Treasurer
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Building Queensland
  • Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
  • Housing and Public Works

South Australia

  • Premier, Treasurer, Minister for Transport Infrastructure and other key ministers
  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
  • Department of Education
  • SA Health
  • Department of Environment and Water
  • Infrastructure SA
  • Department of Treasury and Finance
  • Environment Protection Authority
    SA Water
  • Office of the Industry Advocate
  • Renewal SA


  • Premier, Treasurer, Minister for State Growth and other key ministers
  • Department of State Growth
  • Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
  • Department of Treasury and Finance


  • Minister for Transport Infrastructure and Minister for Planning
  • Department of Transport
  • Suburban Rail Loop Authority
  • Transport Safety Victoria
  • VicTrack
  • Major Transport Infrastructure Authority and relevant major project authorities
  • Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Environment Protection Agency
  • Sustainability Victoria
  • Victorian Planning Authority
  • Victorian Building Authority
  • Development Victoria
  • Department of Treasury and Finance
  • Office of Projects Victoria
  • Infrastructure Victoria

Western Australia

  • Premier, Treasurer, Minister for Transport and other key ministers
  • Main Roads WA
  • Department of Finance
  • Water Corporation
  • Department of Transport
  • Infrastructure WA

Please contact us if you would like an update on any of these engagements.


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Contact us

For more information please contact Consult Australia Policy Advisors Kristy Eulenstein or James Robertson.