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23 August 2018
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Building Ministers Forum: Availability of Professional Indemnity (PI) Insurance


We attended the Building Ministers Forum (attended by all jurisdictions) to share views on the Improving Building Confidence Report (the Shergold & Weir Report). We highlighted members concerns about the lack of consultation, transparency, and certainty of governments’ response to building product safety and the impact that this is having on the PI Insurance market. Ministers have acknowledged this agreeing that an Australia-wide approach is required. We are currently drafting a formal response to the Report. If you would like to input into this work please contact Nicola Grayson.


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Policy news

Discussion with Infrastructure Australia at Consult Australia's Asset Recycling Working Group

On Tuesday, representatives from Infrastructure Australia joined Consult Australia's Asset Recycling Working Group for a discussion on their latest Making Reform Happen report and on future challenges and opportunities around asset recycling. A key theme from the discussion was the need for the right conditions, more transparency and bipartisan support to be in place to see the appetite for asset recycling grow. The discussion with Infrastructure Australia will help inform a policy report on the topic that the working group will shortly develop. Please contact James Robertson if you are interested in joining this working group.   



If your firm uses casual or temporary staff – watch out because they could be regarded as permanent staff

This week the Federal Court has put employers on warning that regardless of the provisions that apply to a workforce under awards or enterprise agreements, if an employee has a regular and predictable pattern of work with an expectation of ongoing engagements, they are likely to be permanent as opposed to casual. This will entitle them to paid annual and personal leave, notice of termination, and redundancy entitlements. The case (click here) involved a labour hire employee working on a regular roster of 7 days on, 7 days off under a casual employment contract.



Commonwealth contract terms 'clause bank' reflects changes requested by Consult Australia

We were asked by the Commonwealth Department of Finance to review the first round of their 'Clause Bank' standard terms, which are recommended for use across all Commonwealth agencies. We proposed several amendments and have since received confirmation that the majority have been accepted. We received a personal note of thanks for our input, which "has led to a much better final product". Click here to view the Clause Bank. Please contact Nicola Grayson if you have examples of Commonwealth contracts that are not in line with the Clause Bank.



NSW Ban on Aluminium Composite Panels (ACPs)

From 15 August 2018 ACPs with a core comprised of more than 30 per cent polyethylene (PE) by mass are banned in NSW for use as external cladding in Type A construction (as defined in the Building Code of Australia) and Type B construction (as defined in the Building Code of Australia). There are two exceptions to the ban, which involved testing in accordance the relevant Australian Standards and that the proponent of the use of the product makes a Statutory Declaration in relation to their installation. Click here for full details.



Safe Work Australia is seeking submissions on the best way to implement an update to the Workplace Exposure Standards (WES)

The WES framework under the model work health and safety laws is under review and Safe Work Australia is seeking submissions to determine the impact of, and best way to implement, an update to the WES. The review will consider the costs and benefits of the status quo and presents potential options to address the problems identified with the current WES. It also explores whether the WES should remain mandatory or be advisory. The deadline for submissions is 13 September 2018. Click here for details.



Standards Australia seeking representatives on committees

Standards Australia have been in touch with Consult Australia seeking new representatives on two committees: BD-043 Formwork Committee and MB-012 Project, Programme and Portfolio Management Committee. Becoming a member of one of Standards Australia’s technical committees provides a valuable opportunity to help shape specifications, procedures and guidelines that help ensure products and systems are safe, consistent and reliable. If you are interested in joining or would like to nominate someone, please contact James Robertson.


Member services & events

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 will be open from 1-30 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 showing 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!



Book now for the 2018 Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner

The 2018 Awards for Excellence gala dinner will be held in Melbourne at the Park Hyatt on Wednesday 10 October. Put it in your calendar now and come along to celebrate a year of outstanding people and projects. Tickets now on sale!



Consult Australia Male Champions Of Change Maintaining Momentum – 29 August Melbourne

The Consult Australia Male Champions of Change are launching the 2018 progress report at the Arts Centre in Melbourne on Wednesday 29 August. Further information on the event can be found here. We are also proud to launch a dedicated twitter account for the Male Champions of Change, so for further updates on the group and it's members please follow @ConsultAusMCC on twitter.

Industry news

Geocellullar Stormwater Management

In Australia, there are regulations governing stormwater quality and detention. Policies and guidelines are put into place supporting innovative solutions to conserve, retain and reuse our most valuable water resource. ACO StormBrixx® is a unique patented plastic geocellular stormwater management system designed for surface water retention, detention and infiltration. It is a versatile system suitable for applications across all construction environments. It can be installed as a standalone solution or as part of an integrated Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD). Click here for more info.



Dispute Resolution Board Full Day Training Workshop – Sydney Tuesday 25 September 2018

This course is for those with no Dispute Board experience but who are striving to get an appointment and for those with limited Dispute Board experience wanting to grow their knowledge. The Workshop will contain plenty of opportunity for feedback, interaction, and real live case studies. At this stage expressions of interest are sought and, when confirmed, invitations and invoices for payment will be sent out. Cost: Sydney based - $450; Interstate-based - $350. Click here to submit an expression of interest.


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: 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.
Perth: 6-7 September
Melbourne: 13-14 November
Canberra: 25-26 November


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