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22 February 2018
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2018 Awards for Excellence – Call for Entries closes 12 March


The Consult Australia Awards for Excellence is an annual event that provides a unique opportunity to profile and promote the outstanding achievements of Consult Australia's member firms to the industry and community. Consult Australia encourages each of its member firms (regardless of size) to submit at least one entry to ensure they have the opportunity to be recognised for their outstanding work. For full details on the Awards categories and how to enter simply download the Call for Entries pack here.


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Policy news

Consult Australia's Infrastructure Governance (IBodies) Thought Leadership subject of meetings with key Australian Government Ministerial advisers, and Opposition

Consult Australia has met with senior ministerial advisers for the Government and Oppositions' key infrastructure portfolio responsibilities. We highlighted the importance of coherent national infrastructure governance, discussing the recommendations in our recently launched iBodies Report. Particular interest was shown in our call for better pipeline planning for projects, as being key to greater certainty for jobs in our sector. We also met with Anthony Albanese, Opposition spokesperson for infrastructure, who discussed Labor's cities policy.



Procurement Reform and Centre of Excellence on Government's Radar

Consult Australia's procurement reform policies were the subject of meetings with the senior advisers to the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities. Consult Australia has been asked to provide further detail to the Ministers regarding our proposals for a Procurement Centre of Excellence, Model Client Policy and greater standardisation of contractual terms and conditions.



Private Members Bill to ban flammable cladding to go before Commonwealth Parliament

Former Senator Nick Xenophon introduced the Customs Amendment (Safer Cladding) Bill 2017, which if passed, would prevent the importation of products containing flammable polyethylene core aluminium composite panels. Currently the Government is not in support of the Bill, which is under debate. The Government has also responded to the Interim Report on Aluminium Composite Cladding, which again states that the Government is not in support of a ban, however it does support the nationally consistent measures to increase accountability for participants across the supply chain (click here to read).



Consult Australia's submission to the NSW Draft Regulation on Combustible Cladding

NSW Department of Planning and Environment has released a draft Regulation (click here) that will require owners of buildings with combustible external wall cladding to register the building with the State Government and undertake a fire safety assessment within set deadlines, which should include recommendations to improve safety where needed. A copy of our submission in response to the draft is available here.



Infrastructure Australia calling for active participation in the Defining the Base Case and Project Options Workshops

Infrastructure Australia is inviting people to participate in the Defining the Base Case and Project Options workshops. The module has been developed in response to requests for Infrastructure Australia to offer more detailed guidance on appropriate methods for defining the base case in the preparation of project business cases. Workshops are being held in Melbourne on March 8, Sydney on March 21 and Perth on April 12. To register, RSVP your contact details, dietary requirements and preferred session to Clodagh O’Neill. To learn more about the workshop, please contact Matthew Ho.



Proposed changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019: now open for your feedback

Changes in the proposed NCC 2019 include for example: new quantified performance metrics and verification methods; improved fire safety measures; increased levels of energy efficiency for commercial buildings—click here for a full summary and to provide your feedback. Feedback is due by COB Friday, 13 April 2018.



Commonwealth Government opens Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) grants to strengthen industries

The Commonwealth Government has announced the fifth round of the CRC-P grants, targeting short-term industry-led collaborative research projects that will develop products, services or processes to deliver tangible outcomes and commercial benefits to participants and their industry sectors. Grants of up to $3 million are on offer for businesses, industries and research organisations to work together to develop practical solutions to challenges in industry. More information on how to apply for the fifth round is available here.



Gender pay gap narrows for women in engineering

The 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey shows that the gender pay gap is slowly closing. Buoyed by continued Government investment in key infrastructure projects, demand for engineers has steadily increased, with women now making up 20% of the workforce. Workforce participation and wages have steadily improved for women in the engineering sector, but there is still a long way to go. To this end, Consult Australia’s Male Champions of Change will continue to lead the way for gender diversity in Australia’s multi-disciplinary engineering sector.


Member services & events

Did you know that we offer online Manual Handling Awareness and Dial before You Dig Training?

Through ConsultED we now offer these topics as part of our suite of online interactive short training courses—all of which are available to members for just $50ea! All courses have been designed to meet the needs of people working in the built environment so take the opportunity to see what’s on offer and to learn when and where it suits you. Check out the range of available courses 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

Why successful engineering firms outsource – Business Journal

Do you know where your business stands financially, at any given time? In an environment where every dollar has a place and purpose, outsourced accounting and finance can help your firm cohesively manage the bottom line. Management For Design provides full-scope accounting services. If you’re seeking a pathway for your businesses to attain financial stability and sustainable growth and want to find out more about the benefits of outsourcing your accounts and finance, click 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: 21 March
Adelaide: 16 May

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.
Melbourne: 1-3 March
Brisbane: 22-24 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.
Brisbane: 8-9 March
Adelaide: 23-24


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