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9 August 2018
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Building Product Compliance and Cladding Update


Consult Australia has prepared a briefing document on the new laws across the jurisdictions on non-conforming building products (including cladding). The most recent change is in Queensland where from 1 October 2018 owners of private buildings will have to complete an online checklist. Where a building is considered to be affected by combustible cladding, the private building owner will then be required to obtain a Building Fire Safety Risk Assessment and a Fire Engineer Statement by 3 May 2021, in addition to displaying a notice on the building. Click here to view.


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Policy news

Industry collaboration ahead of Building Ministers Forum (BMF)

The Building Ministers from all jurisdictions will meet this Friday to discuss the recommendations in the Shergold & Weir Report on improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for building and construction. Consult Australia has been invited to attend. An industry pre-meeting has been held to discuss areas of common ground. This includes the need for: a clear implementation plan; funding and capacity; and education regarding the availability and affordability of Professional Indemnity Insurance for practitioners.



Progress being made on the establishment of Infrastructure WA

Lance Glare, Director of Infrastructure Policy and Governance from the WA Department of Premier and Cabinet, attended Consult Australia’s Infrastructure and Urban Design Roundtable (committee) to update on the progress of 'Infrastructure WA'. The model proposed is closely aligned to the model set out in Consult Australia’s IBodies: Infrastructure Governance in Australia report. Although the current proposal is that it will report to the Premier, consideration is also being given to the proposal that it table its reports in Parliament to encourage greater bipartisan support.



Australian Government consultation: Women in STEM Strategy

Consult Australia last week submitted a response to a discussion paper on Women in STEM from the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Our response recommended the Government increase its focus on changing public perceptions on gender and career paths and introduce new measures to increase the standard and uptake of STEM education. Our submission also included a broader recommendation for the Government to consider the shift in demand across STEM sectors from new technology and impacts this will have on the Australian labour market.



Victorian State of Engineering Report

Last week we met with the Office of the Victorian Chief Engineer to discuss a report they are drafting on the state of engineering in Victoria. We provided a copy of Consult Australia’s recent skills survey report. The Office was particularly interested in the findings on graduate recruitment and disciplines most affected by shortages.  The Office has followed up with a request for further information (click here). If you are based in Victoria and have feedback on these questions, please send responses to James Robertson by 24 August.



Victorian Space Industry Scoping Study

The Victorian Department of Economic Development has announced a review of the Victoria’s space industry to better understand the size and value of the sector to the state.  If your company is involved with the space sector in Victoria, please feel free to complete their survey to help inform this research. Please send responses to Laura Baker from ACIL Allen Consulting, who are conducting the review on behalf of the Department.



Dispute Resolution Board Newsletter

The latest Dispute Resolution Board newsletter is available here. This covers the question of national neutrality; updates from France, Ecuador and Uganda; tips on making an effective and persuasive case to a Dispute Board; and the use of audits in dispute avoidance.


Member services & events

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

Join the Consult Australia Male Champions of Change for lunch at the Arts Centre in Melbourne on Wednesday 29 August for the presentation of this year's progress report and discussion on the initiatives identified as vital to maintain momentum in the pursuit of improved gender equality, improved employee engagement, and higher performance and innovation in our industry. Further information on the event can be found here.

Industry news

2019 Client Choice Awards now open

Consult Australia is delighted to announce that Consulting Engineering and Built Environment firms of all sizes are now able to enter the Client Choice Awards. To do this Consult Australia is partnering with beaton, the Australian-based pre-eminent ratings and review consultancy for the professions. Entries are now open and surveying begins on 1 October this year. The Winners will be announced on 27 March next year and every firm that enters will receive a full report on the feedback from their clients.




Management for Design

In firms, it's common for leaders to be the face of the business, to nurture existing and future clients, as well as be the key initiators of design. But it’s often also the case that leaders have a challenging time separating themselves from the day to day activities of the business, which can be great for the clients, but also impact your bottom line.

Management for Design can provide you with a framework to turn your ideas into actions. To find out how to build a culture of leadership in your business 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.
Perth: 29 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.
Perth: 30 August - 1 September
Adelaide: 4-6 October

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: 20-21 August
Perth: 6-7 September


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