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20 September 2018
Consult Australia
Notice of Annual General Meeting


NOTICE is given that an Annual General Meeting of Members of Consult Australia will be held at Jacobs, 452 Flinders St Melbourne 8009 on Wednesday, 10th October 2018 at 4:00 pm. The meeting Agenda and related document links can be accessed here.

All financial members are eligible to attend the meeting, but we ask that you register your intention to attend using this form to enable the appropriate arrangements to be made.

National Partners

Policy news

Consult Australia's recommendations featured in report on the Commonwealth's role in development of cities

On Monday, the House of Representatives Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities released Building Up and Moving Out. This report heavily references our submission to the inquiry and evidence given at the inquiry’s hearing, with 10 of the report’s 37 recommendations relating to our input. Key headline recommendations in the report are the call for a National Settlement Strategy, the establishment of an Office of the National Chief Planner, and a Cabinet Minister for Cities and National Settlement. A Summary of the report is available here. The Government has six months to respond to the report.



NSW Building License Requirements and PI Insurance

We have met with NSW Fair Trading to raise concerns regarding the lack of availability in the Professional Indemnity Insurance market for the coverage of façade and fire safety work, and the introduction of exclusions for 'non-conforming' building products. Fair Trading asked us to reassure any members having difficulties that they are offering assistance and a 'grace period' re license renewals provided you can demonstrate that you have a PI broker actively seeking cover for you. They are also looking at short and long term policy solutions should insurance cover become unavailable. Members are encouraged to contact our PI Pathway Brokers for assistance and Nicola Grayson.



For member feedback: Submission to the Building Confidence Report

We have prepared a submission to the Building Confidence Report, which was commissioned by the State/Territory/Commonwealth Building Ministers. This report makes 24 recommendations to improve the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia. Our submission calls for national consistency and certainly for industry noting the volume of legislation being introduced on 'non-conforming products', it also calls for governments to respond to the lack of availability for PI Insurance cover for building practitioners. Click here to view the draft. Please send feedback to Nicola Grayson.



Inaugural Innovation in Infrastructure Focus Group – 27 September in Melbourne

Consult Australia will be partnering with CRC Low Carbon Living and Deloitte Australia to deliver a focus group session in Melbourne next Thursday to focus on how industry can unlock real innovation opportunities across the built environment sector. This session will bring together infrastructure clients, suppliers, contractors and consultants and seeks to develop a clear understanding of the need for innovation in projects and what this means to different stakeholders. We look forward to taking these discussions around the country. Please contact Jill Carney if you have any questions on this event.



Are inappropriate risk allocations in construction contracts a root cause for mega infrastructure project delivery failure?

KordaMentha (the advisory and investment firm) has published a paper analysing the current risk allocation that results from the use of EPC contracts on projects, why this allocation of risk does not work in the real world, the practical impacts that has on the delivery (and dispute of) mega-projects, and what could be done to attempt to curb this in the future. A copy of the report is available here (you will have to enter your details to receive it).



Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces – Everyone's Business report

Last week, Kate Jenkins (the Sex Discrimination Commissioner) released a report titled Everyone's Business which provides new information on the scale of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. The report highlights some concerning statistics and for the first time provides a breakdown on the severity of sexual harassment in different sectors. Findings will inform the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, which Consult Australia will prepare a submission for over the coming months. If you have feedback for this submission, please contact James Robertson.



Long service leave approach for expatriate employees transferring within organisation to Australia – Pulse Survey findings

Consult Australia’s People and HR Roundtable recently held a pulse survey on the approach of member firms to long service leave (LSL) and employees transferring to Australia. The survey found most respondents recognise continuous service for employee transfer to Australia, with over half accruing LSL from the original commencement date with organisation in Australia. The survey also found a considerable mix to how firms grant LSL entitlements. Pulse surveys are regularly conducted by the People and HR Roundtable, please contact James Robertson if you would like more information.



ACCI Population and Migration Working Group

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has formed a Population and Migration Working Group, focused on developing an industry wide policy position and series of recommendations for the Australian Government by late November this year. Consult Australia is represented on this group by James Robertson (Policy Advisor). Please contact James if you would like to provide feedback or hear more about the group’s work.



Review of Safe Work Australia Health Monitoring Guides

Safe Work Australia is revising its suite of health monitoring guides. Persons conducting a business of undertaking have duties under the Work Health and Safety Laws to identify if exposure to a workplace hazardous chemical is affecting a worker’s health. There are 37 guides relating to hazardous chemicals – click here for a list of the proposed amendments. The current guides (which will be subject to the amendments) can be found here. If you have any concerns regarding the proposed amendments please contact Nicola Grayson by 4 October 2018.



ABCB Australian Sanitary Facilities Calculator for feedback

A beta testing version of the Australian Building Codes Board’s new Sanitary Facilities (SF) calculator has been released for feedback on its functionality and performance. This easy to use calculator has been designed to assist user understanding and application of the Sanitary and Other Facilities Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions in NCC Volume One. Click here to view. Feedback due by 14 October 2018.


Member services & events

Book now for the 2018 Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner

The 2018 Awards for Excellence gala dinner will be held at the Park Hyatt Melbourne on Wednesday 10 October. Get your table together (or just bring a few colleagues) and register now to be part of celebrating our industry and a year of outstanding people and projects. Book now!



Want to know how your firm is performing against others in the industry?

Data collection for the Consult Australia/Management for Design FY2017/18 Practice Performance Survey and Benchmarking Report is now underway and will remain open until 30 September 2018. The survey is open to all Consult Australia member firms (regardless of size) and there is no cost associated with the survey or the resulting report—so there is no excuse for not participating! All participants will receive a copy of the relevant benchmarking report which will show you how your firm is performing against a range of key performance indicators (including revenues, expenses, size, utilisation and profit margins).The benchmarking report is only available to participating firms so click here to get started and make sure you get your data in!


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 | Brisbane 24 October, 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 Brisbane here or 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.
Canberra: 25-26 November
Sydney: 15-16 November


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