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18 October 2018
Consult Australia
Congratulations to all the Winners at the 2018 Awards for Excellence!


A huge thank you to all the people who joined us last Wednesday night at the Park Hyatt Melbourne to celebrate our annual Awards for Excellence! Our congratulations go to all the Award winners—you can view the full list here—with special mention going to Arup, MIEngineers and FortisEM Consultant Engineers + Managers for being awarded Large Firm, Medium Firm and Small Firm of the Year respectively. Thank you also to our sponsors ACO, Management for Design, Macquarie Banking and Cbus Super for their continued support. You will be able to read all about the winning submissions in the next issue of Consulting Matters which will be out in November.


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Policy news

Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) – Updated Practice Note

We have reissued Consult Australia's Practice Note for members on Workplace Health and Safety which has been reviewed and updated to reflect the adoption of the model Workplace Health and Safety laws by all states/territories, with the exception of WA (which is in the process of reforming its laws – click here for more) and Victoria. The Practice Note assists members in understanding the scope and nature of their WHS obligations as duty holders. The Practice Note is available here. (Problems logging-in? Click here to let us know).



Building Product Safety: new WA Regulation re combustible cladding

Our Building Product Safety Briefing paper has been updated in light of a new Western Australian Regulation which restricts the use of combustible material on building facades of high risk buildings. Any combustible cladding proposed to be used on those buildings needs to demonstrate it has passed the large-scale fire test required under Australian Standard AS 5113 or receive approval from the Building Commissioner. A copy of the updated briefing note is available here. Please contact Nicola Grayson with any queries.



Building Product Safety: new QLD law extending chain of responsibility to engineers and architects that specify building products

The Queensland Government has amended its law in relation to building product safety to make it explicit that architects and engineers are in the chain of responsibility where they have specified a building product to be used. Engineers and architects will now also have an obligation regarding product recalls and helping building owners in relation to a recall order. We have updated our Building Product Safety Briefing paper, which provides more information (click here). Please contact Nicola Grayson with any queries.



New Consult Australia policy report – Striving for Mentally Healthy Workplaces

A policy report on mental health in the workplace will be launched on 30 October.  This explores best practices, including case studies by some member firms, and outlines recommendations for industry and government on creating mentally healthy workplaces. To raise awareness, our Vice President, Gerry Doyle, shared a blog on World Mental Health Day on his personal experience and why reducing stigmas is critical. Our thanks to Gerry for being a leading voice on this topic!



People and HR Roundtable – guest speaker from the Human Rights Commission

Consult Australia’s People and HR Roundtable was joined by a representative from the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to discuss their National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces. The group discussed findings in AHRC’s latest report, Everyone’s Business: 2018 Sexual Harassment Survey, and public consultations for the inquiry are scheduled over the next few months. The People and HR Roundtable have started work developing a response to the inquiry on behalf of Consult Australia.  If you have any feedback, please contact James Robertson.



Consult Australia's 2018 Congress

Consult Australia’s Annual Congress was held last week and attended by our Board and Divisional Committee, Roundtable, and FutureNet representatives. The theme this year was 'The Three P's – Performance, Pollination and Policy', with attendees sharing their stories, successes and ideas for improvements, and discussing Consult Australia's ongoing policy priorities. A summary of the day, and our policy priorities over the next 12 months, will be provided shortly.



ACCI Population and Migration Working Group

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) met to discuss population and migration policy issues to support the development of a government policy statement. Consult Australia, as a member of ACCI, pressed the importance of infrastructure investments and sound planning in addition to the value of migration to addressing skills shortages. ACCI will prepare a draft policy statement from the discussion and will seek additional feedback before releasing the document in late November–contact James Robertson.



Tax cuts for small and medium sized business brought forward to 2021-22

The Australian Government will bring forward planned business tax cuts for small and medium sized enterprises from 2026-27 to 2021-22. Businesses with a turnover below $50 million will have a reduced tax rate of 26% from 2020-21 and 25% from 2021-22. These changes have also been supported by the Federal Labor Opposition. Further detail on the revised tax cut dates is available here.


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.


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.

Industry news

2019 Client Choice Awards now open

Consult Australia is delighted to announce that Consulting Engineering and Built Environment firms of all sizes are now able to enter the Client Choice Awards. To do this Consult Australia is partnering with beaton, the Australian-based pre-eminent ratings and review consultancy for the professions. Entries are now open and surveying begins on 1 October this year. 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!

Diversity & Inclusion: Benefits, Barriers and Best Practice | Sydney 25 October
As the movement to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces grows, companies are keen to get on board. But where to start? This practical, interactive session invites business leaders to deeply engage on all aspects of ‘D&I’ – from the economic to the personal – and launches the first step in co-creating contemporary, high-performing cultures where all can thrive. Like any business strategy, it starts with leadership. Register for Sydney here.

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: 31 October
Melbourne: 14 November
Canberra: 21 November

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: 1-3 November
Melbourne: 15-17 November
Canberra: 22-24 November

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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