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31 May 2018
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New Practice Note on PI Policy Extensions


Consult Australia has sought feedback from a range of leading Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance brokers to obtain their advice regarding the PI coverage available to consulting firms through extensions to standard PI cover. Consultants should explore these extensions carefully in terms of their value, and the Practice Note provides some insights to assist. The Practice Note is only available to Consult Australia members here.

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Policy news

Philip Davies, Chief Executive, to step down from Infrastructure Australia

It has been announced that the Infrastructure Australia Chief Executive Phil Davies will be finishing at the end of August. Consult Australia has enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Phil, and whilst we will miss him in the role, we have wished him every success for what comes next. Recruitment for his replacement has begun. The full announcement can be found here.



Draft Government National Capital Works General Conditions of Contract out for consultation

The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and Austroads have developed a contract for use by government agencies. The APCC is a membership body whose members are responsible for procurement, construction, asset management, and property policy delivery for Australian State and Territory Governments. The APCC has initiated this project because it considers AS2124 outdated and its intended replacement AS11000 has not been progressed. The draft contract can be viewed here. Consult Australia will be coordinating a response, if you would like to contribute, please contact Nicola Grayson.



Late payment continues to be a major issue for the construction industry

The Review Report of Australia’s Security of Payment laws has identified that the imbalance of bargaining power within the contractual chain, and the practice of passing on contractual risks, has resulted in the imposition of unfair contract terms that operate to prevent payment to the party that has carried out construction work. The Report’s recommendations will now be considered by the Building Ministers Forum, attended by the Building Ministers from all states/territories. The Report is available here.



New Commonwealth Procurement Requirement: Statement of Tax Record

From 1 July 2019, businesses seeking to tender for Australian Government procurement contracts over $4 million (including GST) will be required to provide a statement from the Australian Taxation Office indicating that they are generally compliant with their tax obligations. The Government is acting on the Black Economy Taskforce findings that the supply chain is becoming more complex and competitive and can disadvantage honest businesses, e.g. suppliers may be outbid at the procurement point by those who have cut costs by not complying with their tax obligations. The Government is currently consulting on ways to implement this requirement. You can input into the consultation here.



ACT City and Gateway Draft Urban Design Framework

Consult Australia, alongside the Canberra Business Chamber, Property Council and Master Builders Association, have submitted a joint response to the National Capital Authority / ACT Government City and Gateway Draft Urban Design Framework. The submission calls for clarity regarding the purpose of the framework; the promotion of design excellence and sustainable design; certainty for the private sector; quick implementation to ensure realisation under the framework and density as a key outcome. It also mentions the necessity for an infrastructure plan. You can read the full submission here.



AI involvement in construction set to grow 450% over the next five years

Researchers estimate that artificial intelligence involvement in all forms of construction will balloon from $537 million in 2018 to $2.41 billion by 2023. A report conducted by MarketsandMarkets broke AI down to residential, institutional commercial, and heavy construction (among others). It finds that early adopters are benefiting from AI solutions and services by reducing the duration and cost of construction, with increased ROI. The full report is available for purchase here.


Member services & events

Insights event – Promoting Robust Fire Engineering

The non-conforming buildings products ("cladding") issue has identified a number of challenges for the consulting engineering profession not least of which is the need for an effective and acceptable framework for fire safety engineering. Firms who employ fire safety engineers or engage fire safety engineers in projects are invited to attend a Consultants Roundtable presented by the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering from the University of Sydney on Wednesday 20 June at 3pm in the offices of Consult Australia in Sydney. The Roundtable will outline the Warren Centre's Fire Safety Engineering Project, this project is part of an industry led approach to ensure consulting engineers can operate effectively and professionally with the appropriate recognition and insurance in place. To register click here.


Free Webinar: Charting Your Future Success: Benchmarks and Best Practices to Elevate Your Architecture Firm in 2018 and Beyond

Join Consult Australia and Deltek on Wednesday 4 July for a free webinar: As experts in the art of designing outcomes, architecture firms should always apply the same diligence to their business operations.Register here as Deltek presents their latest global research to help you design your firm of the future by establishing baselines, defining best practices and identifying improvement areas to achieve competitive advantage.

Industry news

FIDIC – ASPAC Conference 2018 registrations now open

FIDIC invites you to join them at the 2018 FIDIC – ASPAC Conference. This year's conference will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 24-27 June. The theme of the conference this year is 'Infrastructure Connectivity in the ASPAC region'. To access the full program and to register, 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.
Sydney: 20 June
Brisbane: 8 August

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: 21-23 June
Brisbane: 9-11 August

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: 26-27 July
Brisbane: 20-21 August


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