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17 May 2018
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Federal Budget 2018-19 – no big surprises!


There were no big surprises in this year's Budget, as most of the infrastructure spend was announced prior, receiving a lukewarm reaction from most industry associations (see Fifth Estate and Roads & Infrastructure). Highlights include the $1 billon Urban Congestion Fund, and the $250 million allocated for a Major Project Business Fund to assist the development of business cases for future land transport infrastructure investments. A lowlight is the shift in R&D Tax Incentive focus to 'high intensive R&D businesses'. Our summary of the Budget is available here.

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Policy news

Ever wondered how the Skilled Migration Occupation List is formed? Wonder no more!

Following a Consult Australia led stakeholder discussion with the Department of Jobs and Small Business regarding the Skilled Occupation Lists, we are pleased to provide their methodology paper. This outlines the labour market factors that the Department uses to determine the occupations to be added, removed, or moved between the Short-term Skilled Occupation List and the Medium/Long Term Strategic Skills list. The methodology paper can be found here. An updated version of the paper will be provided by the department later in the year.



Victorian State Government Budget Breakdown

Consult Australia has prepared a summary of the Victorian State Budget announced this month outlining Government expenditure. This breakdown covers transport, health/medical and education infrastructure as well as water security, emergency services and tourism, arts and sports infrastructure. The summary document is available here.



Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Round Two is open for applications

This Australian Government grant programme supports local governments and their partners to deliver innovative solutions to urban problems, using smart technology, data-driven decision-making and people focussed design. Over $22 million is available for grants valued at between $250,000 and $5 million. Grants will cover up to 50 per cent of the total project costs. Applications can be submitted up until 5pm AEST on 2 July 2018. Click here for more information.



Reshaping the Green Star Rating System – have your say

The Green Building Council of Australia is holding a series of interactive workshops to assist in the reshaping of the Green Star rating system. Green Star Future Focus will see the rating system continue to deliver sustainable outcomes in the built environment, while responding to global megatrends and emerging challenges. Workshops will be held in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane from 25 May to 13 June, click here to register.



Fire Safety Engineering, Warren Centre Inquiry

The Warren Centre has launched a fire safety project focused on how to avoid risk and uncertainty around fire safety issues in building construction. The project will explore factors such as access to the right skills and resources for fire safety design and installation, whether the right compliance frameworks are in place and whether there is an optimal mode of delivery for fire safety engineering that is practical for all jurisdictions. Contact for more information.



Call for Nominations for the Standards Australia BD-043 Formwork Committee

Standards Australia is calling for subject matter experts to contribute to the BD-043 Formwork Committee. If you would like to nominate someone from your company to represent Consult Australia on the review, please contact Steve Kuper, Policy Advisor here.



Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) Newsletter

Get the latest update on the work of the DRBF here. This edition covers their New Code of Ethical Conduct, discussion on whether the standard requirement to accept or reject the DB’s recommendation within a specific time period should be reviewed, and an overview of the Dispute Board in Brazil and a new agreement reached for Ethiopia.


Member services & events

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.


2018 Economic Forecast is now available

Consult Australia's 2018 Economic Forecast report is an essential tool for any consulting firm operating within the built and natural environment in Australia. Not only will it help you to identify opportunities, risks and threats to your business and highlight important trends in the industries and markets in which you operate, but it will also provide you with insights that are crucial to the development of sustainable, robust and achievable strategies for consulting firms of any size. This year's publication has been authored by Australian Construction Insights (ACI)—Australia's leading provider of economic data and research for the construction industry. Copies can be purchased here.

Industry news

Geocellullar Stormwater Management

In Australia, there are regulations governing stormwater quality and detention. Policies and guidelines are put into place supporting innovative solutions to conserve, retain and reuse our most valuable water resource. 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). Click here for more info.



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 to register, 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!

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.
Perth: 23 May
Sydney: 20 June

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.
Perth: 24-26 May
Sydney: 21-23 June

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.
Melbourne: 31 May - 1 June
Adelaide: 26-27 July


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