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16 May 2019
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Ensuring a visa system that fits our industry's needs: engaging the Shadow Immigration Minister

We have written to the Hon Shayne Neumann MP here to engage on the ALP's proposals for Australia's immigration system. Australia's long-term skills investment and development must be balanced with responsive migration policies that can assist industry with their short-term skills demands. If this is not reflected in migration policy, we run the risk of a visa system with unnecessary barriers to the movement of skills and talent, which in turn impacts productivity.

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Policy news

Launch of Consult Australia's Mental Health Ambassador Network

We are pleased to announce that we will be launching our new Mental Health Ambassador Network on Wednesday 12 June at a breakfast event in Sydney. The ambassador network is made up of 20 senior leaders and managers across the Consult Australia membership, collectively focusing on tackling mental health stigmas and championing mentally healthy workplaces. The breakfast launch event will include a number of presentations and a facilitated panel discussion. Further details on the launch event are available here.



Exploring the costs of design through the Construction Industry Leadership Forum (CILF)

We were invited by CILF to participate in a design workshop, the outcomes of which will inform a Practice Note to be published as guidance for government agencies in VIC and NSW. CILF is a joint initiative of the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) and the NSW and VIC public sectors. It aims to improve collaboration and action around procurement and delivery of major projects. We explored the issues of design process, capacity and capability, risk and insurance. This will be one in a suite of guidance. Contact Nicola Grayson for more info.



Registration of Engineers in Victoria: Legislation progressing through the Parliament

Legislation to bring in compulsory registration of Engineers in Victoria has been passed in the Legislative Assembly and is due to be considered by the Legislative Council. In order to pass the law through, the Government needs to secure the support of a number of independent MPs. We are seeking agreement that the legislation will include ‘mutual registration’ for engineers so that engineers are not required to register under a range of different state systems in order to practice across Australia. Contact Nicola Grayson for more information.



Thriving Cities, a Federal election platform by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC)

As the Federal election campaign reaches its final stages, ASBEC (of which Consult Australia is a member) last week released their election policy platform titled Thriving Cities. The platform calls for commitment to a shared long-term vision for developing cities, underpinned by targeted reforms that, if adopted, could better coordinate policy and governance arrangements and deliver better value from our infrastructure. A copy of the ASBEC platform is available here.



Infrastructure Funding in the Pacific

We have been briefed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on a new Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific. This is a $2bn initiative that will provide funding to sovereign territories and the private sector for projects including transport, energy, water and telco. DFAT is keen to brief Consult Australia members of the aims of the fund and potential projects. You can contact the team direct at


Member services & events

Only four weeks to go! Have you entered the 2019 Awards for Excellence yet?

This year for the first time all Award entries in all categories will need to be completed and submitted online! So, make sure you leave enough time to complete your final submission by getting your entries in ASAP. To get your login in for the Award Force portal and start working on your submissions now, just email through the Entry Form(s) which are included in the Call for Entries pack along with all the other information you need for the 2019 Awards (including categories, prices and key dates).



Free Webinar: How to be an innovative AEC practice

Join Consult Australia and Deltek on Tuesday 28 May at 1pm (AEST) for a free webinar. For engineering firms, project success drives business success. Register to this upcoming webinar to find out what new technologies are here, how they are incorporated to help improve teamwork and collaboration for better project delivery and look to the future to see what’s next. Register here.


Industry news

FIDIC ASPAC Conference New Delhi, India July 7-9

The Consulting Engineers Association of India (CEAI) invites you to attend the FIDIC ASPAC Conference to be held in New Delhi July 7–9 2019. This year's conference aims to encourage regional cooperation amongst member associations by sharing and increasing knowledge on the different infrastructure requirements of member countries throughout the Asia Pacific region. The CEAI looks forward to showing Australian representatives the opportunities available within the Indian Market. View the full program here and register for the conference here.



ACO StormBrixx® | ACO's new website dedicated to underground stormwater detention, retention and infiltration

A drawback of many geocellular systems is the lack of accessibility for maintenance.
ACO StormBrixx® was developed to address accessibility issues and to enable easy maintenance. The system provides 3-dimensional access for inspection and maintenance while retaining the structural integrity of the system. View ACO's new site including links to our technical support and typical solutions.



WGEA reporting closes May 31, Beat the last minute rush and submit your report early

WGEA reporting finishes in two weeks on May 31. The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 requires non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees to submit a report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) between 1 April and 31 May each year for the preceding 12-month period (1 April – 31 March each year). WGEA has refreshed its reporting resources and will be conducting a Q&A webinar series throughout May to assist organisations through this process.


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.
Melbourne: 19 June

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.
Melbourne: 20-22 June

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.
Sydney: 30-31 May

Helping you "Light up your Workplace" | Sydney 12 June
This very engaging and experiential half-day workshop is part practical frameworks for accountability and high performance and part Positive Psychology, neuro leadership and emotional intelligence. It is designed to help experienced leaders understand and embrace the new leadership paradigms required to not only survive - but thrive - during this time of unprecedented disruption and a candidate short market. For further information and to register click here.


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