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22 March 2018
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Infrastructure Australia Assessment Framework Update


The Assessment Framework used by Infrastructure Australia to consider projects for inclusion on the Infrastructure Priority List has been updated. It now provides guidance on how climate change risks are treated in the economic appraisal of a project, how to capture land use impacts in the cost benefit analysis and reviewing projects after implementation. If you have views about the quality of business case development across Australia, we would like to hear from you—contact Nicola Grayson.


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Policy news

Consult Australia 2018 Skills Survey is now underway!

The 2018 Consult Australia Skills survey is now open. The survey will be a valuable benchmarking tool for firms of all sizes, and a source of robust data to support initiatives to address workforce development issues experienced by the industry. The survey should be completed by your firm's Owner, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), representative on the People & HR Roundtable, or any other appropriate representative your firm nominates. To participate click here.



Planning for Population Growth: Infrastructure Australia's Future Cities Report

Over the next 30 years Australia's population will grow by 11.8 million. Infrastructure Australia's Future Cities report sets out its independent advice to Australian governments on how to respond to the challenges and opportunities of growth. It provides information on the potential outcomes of growth in cities and demonstrates the value of more innovative strategic planning tools—calling on governments to improve their long-term planning practices. A copy of the report is available here.



Nominations for the Smart Cities Council AU/NZ Urban Mobility Task Force

The Smart Cities Council is seeking nominations to join their Urban Mobility Task Force. Topics explored by the Taskforce will include the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle City Design Initiative (CAV-CDI) and the Shared Mobility Principles. Expressions of interest close 29 March 2019—click here for more information.



Apply to join the Green Star Advisory Committee or Expert Reference Panels

The Green Buildings Council of Australia (GBCA) is calling for nominations for the Green Star Advisory Committee. Nominees should be sustainability leaders with an understanding of the role played by independent certification in driving change. Nominations close 31 March 2019. GBCA is also looking for Expert Reference Panel members to provide specialist advice on topics related to Green Star with nominations closing 2 April 2018.



Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) seeking feedback on the use of Dispute Resolution Boards

Are you involved in any projects, or know of any projects using a Dispute Resolutions Board? If yes, can you please complete this short survey, published by the DRBF, which is looking for some basic information to inform their International Conference in Tokyo (23-25 May 2018). The DRBF has also picked up on concerns that some employers/owners/funding agencies are narrowing the effectiveness of the process and would like to provide some feedback to those groups. Survey deadline is 6 April 2018.



Standards Australia AS NZS 1170.2 Structural Design Action-Wind Actions Review calling for contributors

Standards Australia is calling for subject matter experts to contribute to the revision of AS 1170.2 Structural design actions—Wind actions under Technical Committee BD-006 General Design Requirements and Loading on Structures. If you would like to nominate someone from your company to represent Consult Australia on the review, please contact Steve Kuper, Policy Advisor here.



Consult Australia calling for Standards Australia BD-043 Formwork Committee contributor

Standards Australia is calling for subject matter experts to contribute to the BD-043 Formwork Committee. If you would like to nominate someone from your company to represent Consult Australia on the review, please contact Steve Kuper, Policy Advisor here.


Member services & events

2018 Economic Forecast is now available

Consult Australia's 2018 Economic Forecast report is an essential tool for any consulting firm operating within the built and natural environment in Australia. Not only will it help you to identify opportunities, risks and threats to your business and highlight important trends in the industries and markets in which you operate, but it will also provide you with insights that are crucial to the development of sustainable, robust and achievable strategies for consulting firms of any size. This year's publication has been authored by Australian Construction Insights (ACI)—Australia's leading provider of economic data and research for the construction industry. Copies can be purchased 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

National Construction Code Consultation: Energy Efficiency of Commercial Buildings

The Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for the Energy Efficiency of Commercial Buildings is now open for consultation. It assesses the impact of proposed stringency changes to the energy efficiency provisions of Section J for NCC 2019 Volume One. This Consultation RIS is accompanied by an Energy Action report that models the impact of the proposed changes across four different building types in all climate zones. The consultation is open until Friday, 20 April 2018.



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.
Adelaide: 16 May
Perth: 23 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.
Adelaide: 17-19 May
Perth: 24-26 May

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: 23-24 April
Perth: 3-4 May


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