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1 November 2018
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Consult Australia's latest thought leadership report – Striving for Mentally Healthy Workplaces


The report, launched this week, will help your firm towards creating a mentally healthy workplace. The report includes best practices and shares successful case studies from member firms that are focused on being scalable for workplaces of all sizes. The benefits of mentally healthy workplaces are significant – employees feel empowered to perform at a high-level and comfortably balance work into a healthy life and thriving employees can drive an organisation's performance and deliver a competitive edge. The report is available here.


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Policy news

Senate inquiry into the effectiveness of the current temporary skilled visa system in targeting genuine skills shortages

The Australia Senate has launched a new inquiry looking into how effective temporary skilled visa arrangements are at addressing skills gaps. In light of Consult Australia's recent skills survey results, we will be preparing a submission to the inquiry. If you are experiencing any challenges or would like to provide feedback on current arrangements, please get in touch with James Robertson by Friday 9 November.



Survey on workplace culture and addressing sexual harassment in the workplace

Consult Australia's People and HR Roundtable have put together a survey around creating positive work environments and addressing sexual harassment in the workplace to assist with a submission for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s inquiry on the topic. If you would like to submit a survey response to assist with Consult Australia's submission, please click here. Responses are due by Friday 9 November and will be treated confidentially.



Australian Government hosts industry Roundtables to explore better procurement practices for infrastructure projects

The Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure has held two industry roundtables attended by contractor and consultant groups to explore challenges across the sector with a focus on procurement and winning work, allocation of risk and value for money, and skills and market capacity. BIS Oxford Economics will prepare a report for the Council of Australian Government's Transport and Infrastructure Council. We attended advocating for governments to adopt our Model Client Policy, the establishment of a Centre for Procurement Excellence, and standardisation of contract terms.



International guidance on managing risk published

The increasing pace of societal change and technology development in the twenty first century is impacting organisations of every size across every industry, presenting new and changing areas of risk. Organisations have been given an updated tool to help them identify and respond to rapidly changing risk landscape. Drawing on world leading practices to advise organisations on how to manage risk, AS ISO 31000:2018, Risk Management – Guidelines has been published as an Australian adoption of the international standard. Further information can be found here.



ClimateWorks Australia presents on Built to Perform project to Consult Australia's Best Practice Roundtable

Michael Li from ClimateWorks Australia joined Consult Australia's Best Practice Roundtable on Monday to present on their Built to Perform project. The project provides an industry-led evidence base on feasible changes to minimum energy standards in the Australian Building Code by balancing a cost-effective approach with new innovations. Please contact James Robertson if you would like to hear more about the Best Practice Roundtable.



Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Study into the Australian Services Trade in the Global Economy

The OECD has published an in-depth analysis of the contribution of services to the Australian economy, the regulatory environment of the services sector and its performance in an international context. The analysis highlights the importance of co-ordinated domestic policy action, priorities for promoting behind-the-border regulatory reforms in strategic international markets, and the benefits of an ambitious bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral trade policy agenda that contributes to rules-based certainty and predictability in services trade globally. Click here to view.



Australia joins World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement

Australia's bid to become part of the WTO's agreement on Government Procurement has been successful. This will give Australian businesses the opportunity to secure government contracts in markets worth an estimated $1.7 trillion, which includes European Union, Canada, European Free Trade Association states, Ukraine, New Zealand and Chinese Taipei. More information is available here.


Member services & events

2018 Awards for Excellence Photos now available!

Photos of the 2018 Awards for Excellence are now available here. Our congratulations once again go to all the Award winners on the night. Thank you to everyone who attended and entered submissions in this year's awards, and a big thank you also to our sponsors ACO, Management for Design, Macquarie Banking and CBUS Super for their continued support. We look forward to launching the 2019 Awards for Excellence early in the new year.


Free Webinar: Mastering Project Complexity

Join Consult Australia and Deltek on Wednesday 21 November for a free webinar. All engineering firms aim for growth, if not in size, then in depth of expertise, specialty, efficiency or impact and most would agree that growth in any of these areas is made more difficult by the complexity of project work. Join industry experts, as they discuss why your firm needs to implement a dynamic project control framework to manage complexity and help structure your project-focused business for growth. Register here.


Save the date! - Consult Australia 2019 Leaders Conference

The 2019 Consult Australia Leaders Conference will be held at Luna Park Sydney on 20 & 21 February 2019. Early Bird tickets to the Conference will go on sale in mid-November. More information will follow shortly but put the date in your calendar now and come and join us at Luna Park Sydney.

Industry news

What are the Key Issues Facing Australian Businesses in 2019?

Each year Management for Design conducts a Business Conditions Survey.  The aim of this survey is to assess the prevailing economic and business climate and to drive thinking and decision making. In turn the results will assist businesses to work through current circumstances and deliver sustainable growth. The survey is anonymous and will only take a few minutes to complete, 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.
Melbourne: 14 November
Canberra: 21 November
Sydney: 6 February

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.
Melbourne: 15-17 November
Canberra: 22-24 November
Sydney: 7-9 February

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: 15-16 November


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