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13 December 2018
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Briefing provided to the Senior Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister re procurement and contracting issues


We have written to the Commonwealth, state and territory ministers that sit on the Transport and Infrastructure Council in response to their agreement to take action to improve procurement processes. As a result, we were invited to a one-on-one briefing with the Senior Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister/Minister for Infrastructure. We put forward our recommendations that the Australian Government demonstrate leadership in this area by calling for greater standardisation of contract terms, adoption of our model client policy, and establish a Centre for Procurement Excellence.

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Policy news

Consult Australia continues with CoLab engagement with the Department of Defence

The Department of Defence and Consult Australia's programme of engagement has advanced further, with a CEO and Senior Leaders Meeting held in Canberra on 29 November. This was attended by consultants and contractors. Issues covered included constraints on market capacity re skills and materials; risk allocation, contract terms and PI insurance; innovation; and assurance processes. It was agreed that these meetings should be held every six months to maintain engagement in addition to the CoLab meetings. For more information contact Nicola Grayson.



Department of Defence seeks your feedback on their proposed Estate Engineering Governance and Integrity System (EEGIS)

Further to our engagement with the Department, they are inviting your feedback on an EEGIS system to improve the way Defence reviews engineering services as part of managing its large and complex estate—transitioning from a technical regulatory approach to a risk-based approach over a five-year period. Defence will use a structured governance approach to define processes, procedures, roles and responsibilities for engineering compliance, assurance and risk activities across the estate lifecycle. Click here for more information and for contact details—you can also email to discuss.



Concerns re proposed cuts to skilled migration discussed with the Australian Government's Chief of Staff to the Population Minister

In response to our letter to the Population Minister, Alan Tudge MP, we were invited to a one-on-one briefing with his senior policy staff. Highlighting the findings from our 2018 Skills Survey we advocated that the cuts should not be applied in our sector given our industry’s key role in infrastructure delivery. We were advised that any cuts were unlikely to be applied to the skilled visa system used by our sector. They also asked for more details on the visa streams used by our member firms. Please contact James Robertson if you would like to contribute.



A business-wide policy paper on population and migration

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) (of which Consult Australia is a member) has this week launched a new policy paper at Parliament House in Canberra highlighting the benefits of population growth and effective migration arrangements. The 'Migration works for all of us: delivering benefits to all Australians' paper seeks to address some concerns raised in recent commentary on the population debate in Australia, and to highlight how migration has given us a comparative advantage. Consult Australia was involved in the working group of industry associations that developed this report.



Consult Australia to lead on new project to quantify National Construction Code (NCC) structural performance requirements

We are pleased to announce that the Australian Building Codes Board has invited Consult Australia's representative on the Building Codes Committee, Rod Johnson, to lead an industry project to formulate draft NCC amendments quantifying structural performance requirements. This long-term project will seek to adopt a policy neutral approach (i.e. no changes in the stringency of requirements) for the NCC by 2022. For further information on the project, please contact Rod Johnston.


Member services & events

Consult Australia Leaders Conference–Early Bird Registration available until 21 December!

Now in its sixth year the 2019 Consult Australia Leaders Conference will be held at Luna Park Sydney on 20-21 February 2019. Early Bird tickets to the Conference are on now on sale. You can view the 2019 program here and join us at the conference by clicking here to register and taking advantage of our early bird registration!



Consult Australia Christmas Closure

Consult Australia would like to wish all of our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our offices will be closed from 12pm Friday 21 December 2018 and will re-open on Monday 7 January 2019.

Industry news

National Construction Code (NCC) 2019: Preparing for Change

Next February and March the Australian Building Codes Board will run a series of seminars in Canberra, Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and Adelaide to provide an overview of the changes in the 2019 edition of the NCC. These will focus on the Building Code of Australia (BCA) amendments including: Updated Governing Requirements; Energy efficiency; Accessible adult change facilities; Outcomes of the Acceptable Construction Practice project, including roof and wall cladding, fire safety and decks and balconies; and New Verification Methods and quantified Performance Requirements. Click here for more info.



Invitation to Austrade Mission to the Asian Development Bank Business Opportunities Fair

Austrade invites you to join the Australian delegation to Manila from 26-29 March 2019 for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Business Opportunities Fair. This includes a program of targeted briefings, one on one meetings and networking events including other multilateral, bilateral and non-government organisations and Philippines government agencies. The mission brings together ADB lead officers with over 600 international and local consultants, contractors, manufacturers and suppliers. For more information click here.



2019 Client Choice Awards closing soon!

Consult Australia has previously announced our partnership with Beaton Consulting on opening up the Client Choice Awards to Consulting Engineering and Built Environment firms of all sizes. Entries are currently open but will be closing on 4 January so get your submissions in soon! 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.


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.
Sydney: 6 February
Brisbane: 20 March

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: 7-9 February
Brisbane: 21-23 March

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: 14-15 March
Brisbane: 4-5 April

Resolving Conflict Workshop | NSW February 14
Things don’t always go smoothly at work with people; those around you, in your team, your boss, critical stakeholders like customers/clients, suppliers and regulators. Through our natural course of living each day we make choices and decisions; and because of these, we experience a difference of opinion, different priorities, different needs and different expectations with other people. These differences are conflict. This workshop is aimed at business leaders who want to challenge they way they think, feel, and act when confronted with a situation of conflict. Register here.

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