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CE Update
15 November 2018
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Consult Australia is pleased to announce the launch of our new report on the importance of mentally healthy workplaces. The report provides insights for your business and recommendations for both our industry and policymakers. It has been well received with meeting requests already received from:

  • Cathy O'Toole MP, the current co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Mental Illness;
  • The Shadow Mental Health Minister's office (the Hon Julie Collins MP);
  • The Australian Department of Jobs and Small Business; and
  • The QLD Office of Industrial Relations.

We are now progressing with a key call to action from the report—the development of a Mental Health Leaders Network—so please contact James Robertson if you would like to find out more.


National Partners

Policy news

Transport Ministers endorse collaborative-based approaches to procurement, project management and risk allocation

Transport and Infrastructure Council (the Council), which comprises Transport, Infrastructure and Planning ministers from the Commonwealth, States and Territories, New Zealand and the Australian Local Government Association, has endorsed high level principles resulting from the industry roundtables that we participated in (reported in the last CE Update). Ministers acknowledged issues being raised by industry, including the importance of developing market capacity, improving procurement processes and adopting more market-responsive approaches to risk allocation, and improving skills and training. Ministers also agreed to report back to Council in 12 months on actions taken by jurisdictions to support the high-level principles.



Consult Australia and The Warren Centre Diversity Call to Action

Consult Australia's Male Champions of Change group has partnered with The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering to produce a short form video exploring why gender diversity is good. You can view and share the video here. This forms the first of a series of videos exploring the topic as part of their Inclusion2 programme to address the barriers to diversity in STEM from school to senior executive. Click here to find out more about the Male Champions of Change initiative.



A Gender Equal Future of Work

The Male Champions of Change Institute has released their latest report which links the 'future of work' topic with gender equality, and how changing demands on the workplace (particularly through new technology and markets) presents a valuable opportunity to intentionally challenge and transform the structures that perpetuate gender inequality. The report also highlights some of the unique challenges facing STEM sectors and includes a case study on Aurecon's approach. Video interviews talking about the importance of the topic are available here.



Progress in Australian Regions – 2018 Yearbook

The Australian Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities has released its 2018 annual report measuring progress in regions across Australia against social economic and environmental and governance indicators. The report provides an insightful analysis of key issues facing different regions across the country–such as average commute times and transport mode, internal migration, freight activity, and property prices–and highlights how much these measures can vary region by region.


Member services & events

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.


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!

Industry news

Payment time review will identify Australia's worst payers

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), Kate Carnell has announced a review of payment times, to measure the effects of late or extended payment practices on the cash flow of small businesses and family enterprises in Australia. Small and family businesses are invited to complete a 5-minute survey on payment times and practices, available on the ASBFEO website 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.
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 cases 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


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