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8 February 2018
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IBodies – Infrastructure Governance in Australia

Consult Australia has launched its first Thought Leadership Report of the year calling for greater separation between politics, planning and projects (click here). The Report presents a model infrastructure body or "IBody" for adoption by all jurisdictions following a comprehensive review of their existing governance procedures. The Model includes independence locked in by statute, long-term planning, assessment in line with Infrastructure Australia guidelines, and a published pipeline of priority projects. The Australian Financial Review ran an exclusive on the report (click here); it has also been covered in The Fifth Estate and by various other national media.


National Partners

Policy news

Infrastructure WA (IWA) announced

The formation of IWA was announced by the Government this week. This follows advocacy by an industry coalition, of which our WA Division is a founding member. IWA's main functions are to develop a 20-year State infrastructure strategy, provide expert advice and support agencies on capital works plans. The Government has launched a consultation period to gather feedback on IWA's functions, and we will be putting our IBodies model forward. Click here for more info.



NSW Environmental Planning & Assessment (Identification of Buildings with Combustible Cladding) Regulation 2017 Consultation

The NSW Government has released a draft of the Environmental Planning & Assessment (Identification of Buildings with Combustible Cladding) Regulation 2017 for consultation until February 16, 2018 – available here. Consult Australia will be preparing a submission as part of the consultation process and welcomes any feedback and information from members who have an interest in this matter, please contact Steve Kuper.



Consult Australia's response to 2018-19 Migration Consultation Paper

Consult Australia has contributed to the AU Government’s 2018-19 Migration Consultation Paper. We recommend that the Government renews and expands the Industry Outreach Officer program; and use the long-term infrastructure plans developed by the states/territories to better leverage strategic planning and map skills needs. The full content of Consult Australia submission is available here.



Are you having trouble with 457 Visas and the Department of Border Protection & Immigration?

As part of ongoing advocacy efforts with the Department, Consult Australia is asking for information about your experiences, good and bad, and any recommendations you would like to see as part of Visa applications and processing. (For example we have received feedback that some members are experiencing significant delays in visa processing times). Please forward any information to Steve Kuper.



Australian Consulting Services Mission to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila

Austrade is organising an Australian consulting services mission for 13-16 March 2018. The mission includes attendance at the ADB Fair, and targeted activities including presentations from other multilateral organisations on their projects and procurement opportunities, industry briefings from sector experts and a networking reception. Participants will also have the option to conduct one-on-one meetings with nominated organisations based in Manila. Click here to register.



Prime Minister & Premier forge ahead on Hobart City Deal

Hobart is to be included in the AU Government’s Cities Deal program with a focus on maximising new job opportunities, improving liveability, transport infrastructure and reducing congestion. The City Deal will include the development of a Greater Hobart Transport Vision, providing integrated transport infrastructure planning, the Greater Hobart Act, promoting strategic planning frameworks for local and state government and furthering the central Hobart relocation of the University of Tasmania's $440 million STEM facility. The full details can be found here.



Standards Australia Reviewing EV-009 Sampling and Analysis of Soils

Standards Australia technical committee EV-009 Sampling and Analysis of Soils and Biota have currently reviewed the aged publications and recommended they be reconfirmed as they are still technically correct in use. Consult Australia is calling for subject matter experts to volunteer their time to review documents. If you are interested please forward your details to Steve Kuper by COB February 21.


Member services & events

2018 Awards for Excellence – Call for Entries

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. Since their inception, the Awards have celebrated excellence in the delivery of individual projects. Consult Australia encourages each of its member firms 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.


Two Weeks 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 built environment consulting 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.


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

Slavery is more widespread today than at any time in human history

The Supply Chain Sustainability School has released a report on the prevalance of modern slavery in Australia. Whilst the prevalence of modern slavery may seem low, there is a growing need for our property, construction and infrastructure organisations to be aware of the potential for modern slavery in their extended supply chains, to understand the need for greater transparency, and work towards eradicating such human rights abuses. The School has worked with leaders representing civil society, business, investors, academia and faith-based organisations to support a unified approach in addressing modern slavery.



Congratulations to all our member firms nominated in the Financial Review Client Choice Awards

The finalists for the 2018 Australian Financial Review Client Choice Awards have been released and Consult Australia would like to congratulate all member firms who are up for an award this year. The nominated firms and categories can be viewed here. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 14 March. Good luck to all member firms nominated!



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: 21 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: 22-24 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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