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25 January 2018
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Briefing on the new Building Product Safety Laws and the potential impact on Consultants

Consult Australia has prepared a briefing note (click here) on the new legislation in NSW and QLD. Community concern following the Grenfell and Lacrosse Tower fires has led to governments considering the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems. The NSW law allows the State to impose a ban on the use of a specified building product in a building while the QLD law imposes liability on individuals and corporations who are "persons in the chain of responsibility" for building products.


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Policy news

Victorian Government planning to introduce Registration for Engineers into Parliament as early as March 2018

The Victorian Government is moving ahead with its election commitment to introduce a mandatory registration system for engineers and plans to pass the legislation through Parliament before the election. It has committed to ensuring that there is mutual recognition of other state schemes (i.e. QLD). Consult Australia's Victorian Division has given feedback to the Department of Treasury and Finance, which is responsible for drafting the legislation.



Consult Australia's Pre-Federal Budget Submission quoted in the Australian Financial Review (AFR)

The AFR ran an article at the beginning of the month on asset recycling quoting from Consult Australia’s Pre-Federal Budget Submission. Consult Australia’s submission puts forward a number of infrastructure funding proposals, but the asset recycling aspect was picked up as a result of America’s interest in the approach taken in Australia, and the Property Council’s proposals. A copy of the article is available here.



Expressions of Interest to join the NABERS Steering Committee

The Office of Environment and Heritage, as the National Administrator of National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), is seeking nominees for the Stakeholder Members of the NABERS Steering Committee (four meetings per year). Organisations can nominate experienced individuals that can consult with and provide feedback on behalf of the organisation and its members. If you are interested in being Consult Australia’s nominee, please contact Nicola Grayson. For full information click here (deadline 31 January 2018).



New Accounting Standard AASB 15 for contracts with customers

The new accounting standard for revenue arising from contracts with customers has now taken effect for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018. It will impact all business but will present industry specific issues for our sector, e.g. identifying performance obligations, performance bonuses and penalties, timing of revenue recognition, measuring progress over-time, contract modifications, and contract acquisition costs. Guidance has been provided by a number of accounting firms and you can access KPMG's update here and PWC's here for more information.



Preview of the Amendment to the National Construction Code (NCC) now available

A Preview of the NCC 2016 Volume One Amendment One by all States and Territories from 12 March 2018 is now available. The Amendment is a result of a Building Ministers' directive to expedite completing and adopting actions from a comprehensive package of measures for fire safety in high rise buildings, developed by the Australian Building Codes Board following the Lacrosse Apartments fire.


Member services & events

One Month to go! Consult Australia Asia Pacific Leaders Conference, 21-22 February 2018 Luna Park, Sydney

Consult Australia's Annual ASPAC Leaders Conference provides a unique networking platform for consulting and engineering firms in the Asia Pacific region. Now in its fifth year this event provides a forum for CEOs and other senior business leaders to hear from a range of expert speaker and join together in insightful debate and discussion with peers. You can view the 2018 program here or register now to join us at Luna Park Sydney by clicking here.



ConsultHR is an online web-based subscription tool that enables businesses to comply with current Australian industrial relations laws and demonstrate best practice in their human resources, industrial relations and work health and safety management.  Tailored specifically for our industry ConsultHR provides subscribers with easy access to 28 specially selected HR contracts, policies and templates that will enable everyone, including those whose focus is on other areas of the business, to manage their people resources as effectively and efficiently as possible. Click here to check out the service or contact or get more information by contacting Kisanne Dulin, Director-Membership & Commercial Services for more information.

Industry news

ABCB 2018 NCC Information Seminars

The Australian Building Codes Board, in conjunction with State/Territory Building Associations will be delivering presentations to inform pracititioners about key building code initiatives in all states through February and March. Topics include, NCC2016 Volume One-Amendment One-addressing fire safety, the improved CodeMark Scheme, public comment on the draft of NCC2019 and the practical development and assessment of performance solutions. Please click here for dates and registration information.




A reminder to all HVAC&R and building service professionals who wish to nominate for an ARBS Industry Award, the deadline is 5pm on 5 February 2018. The awards run alongside ARBS 2018, Australia’s only international air conditioning, refrigeration and building services trade exhibition, recognising excellence. Further details and full category and criteria requirements for entry are available on the ARBS 2018 website.



FIDIC Young Professionals Management Training Programme 2018

This intensive management training programme is based on case studies and discussions of management issues within an international team of participants and mentors. The programme provides international networking and active participation in the annual FIDIC conference meeting key representatives of the world wide consulting industry and is tailored to consulting engineers or persons with similar technical background wishing to improve their general management skills. This year’s course will be held in Berlin and you can find more information here.



ATO Small Business Newsroom now available

The ATO Small Business Newsroom is a subscription based service offered to small business owners to keep them up to date on a variety of both tax and super topics across a range of industries. If you are a Small Business Owner and would like to receive these updates from the ATO, you can subscribe to the service here.



Professional Development


Upcoming professional development courses

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 $40. 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.

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.
Melbourne: 28 February 2018
Brisbane: 14 March 2018

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 2018
Brisbane: 15-17 March 2018

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 2018


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