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12 July 2018
Consult Australia
Update on PI Insurance Exclusions for Cladding and Non-Conforming Products


An increasing number of Professional Indemnity insurers have been excluding services involving building cladding and non-conforming products. Unfortunately, the situation appears to have worsened with more building practitioners unable to source cover without the exclusions. Please click here for advice received from BRIC insurance brokers. Consult Australia has alerted the Chair of the Australian Building Ministers Forum. For advice, members can contact one of our PI Pathway Brokers: BRIC or Planned Cover.


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Policy news

Consult Australia's Skills Survey reflects the high demand for infrastructure skills

The number of Consult Australia members reporting a skills shortage has increased over the last 12 months, with 61% of respondents reporting that they are actively recruiting, and are increasing salaries to help attract and retain staff. In line with results over the last 3 years, mid-level experienced staff retention/recruitment is the biggest challenge for respondents. The disciplines most effected by shortages are civil engineers and drafters, followed by traffic and transport, structural, and rail engineers. The full report is available here.



New Global Talent Scheme Visa for highly skilled individuals

The Government has launched a 12mth pilot of a new 'Global Talent Scheme' visa. If you are unable to fill a highly-skilled position in your business with an Australian worker or through the short-term/medium term visa system, your business could apply under the new pilot scheme. The scheme is targeted at highly-skilled individuals with cutting-edge skills to contribute to innovation in an established business (or start-up), and help make Australian businesses and their Australian employees the best at what they do - to find out more click here.



Build to Perform: An industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code

Built to Perform shows that setting strong energy standards for new buildings could reduce energy bills by up to $27 billion (to 2050), cut energy network costs by up to $7bn and deliver 78mill tonnes of cumulative emissions savings. The report has been produced by the Australia Sustainable Built Environment Council (we are a founding member) and Climate Works Australia. It calls on governments to agree targets and a process for Code updates out to 2030, starting with a step-change in residential standards in 2022.



Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement

Businesses with a $100 million annual consolidated revenue will be required to publish annual public statements on their actions to address modern slavery in their supply chains and operation. This new legislative requirement is currently before the Federal Parliament for approval. The Australian Government has committed to leading by example by publishing an annual statement covering possible modern slavery risks in Commonwealth procurement. The text of the proposed legislation is available here and a fact sheet is available here.



The Global Infrastructure Hub: $15 Trillion investment gap in global infrastructure

The Global Infrastructure Hub (a G20 Initiative) has developed an interactive tool for forecasting infrastructure investment needs and gaps, which currently shows a $15 Trillion investment gap in infrastructure. You can use the tool to break down the forecasts by country, sector and regions – click here to view. A second tool is also available which looks at the capability of 56 countries to deliver infrastructure projects, including governance, regulatory frameworks, permits, planning, procurement and delivery – click here to view.



Warren Centre Fire Safety Engineering Project

The Warren Centre is launching its Fire Safety Engineering Project in Sydney on Tuesday 24th July at 5:30pm. Internationally renowned fire safety engineer, Professor José Torero will give an overview of fire safety engineering issues, fresh from his expert testimony at the UK Hackitt Inquiry. A short overview of the project will be presented followed by the official launch by Co-author of the Building Confidence Report and Western Sydney University Chancellor, Professor Peter Shergold AC. Register your interest to attend here.



Check your Invoices Carefully

On-line scammers are getting more sophisticated in their methods, for example sending out fake invoices that are convincingly real in terms of their branding, subject and timing. We recommend carefully checking the bank account details before making payment, to make sure that the payment is going to the right place. Consult Australia has recently sent out its invoices for membership, if anything looks anything out of the ordinary with your invoice, please feel free to check with Consult Australia before paying.


Member services & events

PI Pathway

Consult Australia is committed to supporting its members in all aspects of their business and we recognise the significant impact that the insurance market has on our member firms in terms of availability, affordability and quality of Professional Indemnity Insurance. Our members consistently tell us that PI Insurance is one of the most critical business issues they face and we are therefore pleased to offer our members access to a referral service that gives them access to broking services and a range of associated support from our PI Pathway Partners—a panel of two brokers Planned Cover and BRIC. You can get more information on this member only service 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.
Brisbane: 8 August

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.
Brisbane: 9-11 August

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.
Adelaide: 26-27 July
Brisbane: 20-21 August


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