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18 April 2019
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The Call for Entries for the Consult Australia 2019 Awards for Excellence is now open!

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.

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Policy news

Our priorities for the upcoming Federal election

Consult Australia has this week released its policy platform for the current Federal election campaign, which outlines our priorities and recommendations. Our policy platform focuses on addressing systemic issues that impact the capability and operability of our sector to make the best contribution to Australia’s productivity and communities. Recommendations include a minimum level on infrastructure grant funding as a proportion of GDP, a built environment workforce strategy, and nationally consistent building compliance reforms. A copy of Consult Australia's policy platform is available here.



Launch of Women in STEM Strategy by the Australian Government

Last Monday prior to the launch of the Federal election campaign, the Australian Government released its Women in STEM Strategy. This document is the final piece in the puzzle of a suite of initiatives announced in last year's budget on improving gender diversity in STEM education and related occupations. The strategy provides a reflective summary of current initiatives, in addition to highlighting the value of improving gender diversity in STEM education and careers. We would like to see an increased focus on how the government can drive broader changes, and we will be highlighting this point in a thought leadership report on STEM education to be released later this year. 



First meeting of the Skilled Migration Working Group – 8 May

Our Skilled Migration Working Group will be meeting for the first time on Wednesday 8 May. The group was established due to the number of changes being introduced to Australia's migration system, current challenges with visa application requirements, and skills shortages being experienced across our industry. The group currently includes representatives from AECOM, Arcadis, Arup, Aurecon, Cardno, GHD and Stantec. The initial focus will be producing a policy statement recommending practical improvements to the migration system. Please contact James Robertson if you are interested in joining the group – we are particularly keen to build representation from a diverse range of member firms.



Our re-building the social licence for asset recycling report – update on engagement activities

Consult Australia is continuing to receive good engagement on the asset recycling report released last month. Last week, we meet with the Chief of Staff to the ACT Minister for City and Community Services, and Roads (Chris Steel MLA). This meeting discussed the value of asset recycling in helping to fund stage one of Canberra's light rail project, and the benefits of the street lights asset leasing contract that commenced in 2018. Later this month, we will meet with Queensland’s Shadow Minister for Energy, Housing, and Digital Technology (Michael Hart MP).



Changes to the Green Star Rating for New Buildings – proposals released for consultation

The Green Buildings Council of Australia is calling on industry to provide feedback on the latest proposed changes to Green Star. The first rating tool under the microscope is Green Star for New Buildings. The proposed changes will spell the biggest overhaul to the rating system since its inception. The expanded scope of the new rating tool will be communicated through eight brand new categories – a consultation paper is available here to provide feedback, closing date 10th June.


Member services & events

2019 Economic Forecast is now available

Consult Australia’s 2019 Economic Forecast report is an essential tool for any consulting firm operating within the built and natural environment in Australia. Not only will it help you to identify opportunities, risks and threats to your business and highlight important trends in the industries and markets in which you operate, but it will also provide you with insights that are crucial to the development of sustainable, robust and achievable strategies for consulting firms of any size. This year's publication has been authored by Australian Construction Insights (ACI)–Australia's leading provider of economic data and research for the construction industry. Copies can be purchased here.


Industry news

External Fire Spread Risk in Tall Building Design, 5 Day Course

The Warren Centre has partnered with The University of Queensland's School of Civil Engineering to announce the 3rd edition of a course for Fire Engineers. The purpose is to provide practising engineers with the specialist knowledge to address the fire safety strategy of buildings and understand the implications of using cladding products capable of supporting external flame spread. Click here for full detail. The registration deadline is 23 April and the course commences on 29 April.



Do you know your numbers?

As business leaders you are confronted with a myriad of financial information about your business – your income, your expenses, your profit margin, cash position and project performance. And that's only the start! It's your role as a leader is to regularly absorb this information and to make decisions in a timely manner. Management for Design has the expertise to ensure the well-being of your business now and the knowledge to offer meaningful solutions to take your business forward in the future. Read their latest business journal to find out more click here.



Are you involved with delivering major infrastructure projects?

UTS with WSP, are undertaking research focussing on how major infrastructure projects can be delivered more effectively. They are keen to obtain input from a cross range of disciplines and welcome members to participate in a brief online survey. It only takes 10 minutes to complete and you can request a copy of the final report. Please click on the following link "Setting up projects for success".



Support REDR Day on Friday May 3

Consult Australia is proud to support RedR day on Friday May 3. When disaster strikes, RedR Australia deploys skilled and trained professionals across the entire disaster cycle. Support REDR in May and enjoy being red for the day in any shape or form – bake, eat, dress red. Raise those funds in your office and please give generously – this year all funds raised will support RedR Australia deployments to the Pacific to help communities prepare for emergencies. Download your RedR day resources here.



IAQ Spotlight April 2019 - Infrastructure Sentiment Survey

With a Federal Election imminent and implementation of the new Digital Enablement for Queensland Infrastructure – Principles for BIM Implementation set to radically change how projects are delivered in the coming years, the IAQ Spotlight Survey will provide a benchmark into the current sentiment of infrastructure business owners, executives and managers across the state.  Your response counts. The survey will close 5.00pm Friday, 19 April 2019.  Access the survey here.



Commercial Capability Training Guest Speaker EOI's

The Office of Projects Victoria (OPV) is seeking Expressions of Interest from construction, consultant and engineering/design professionals to provide a guest-speaker industry perspective in the commercial skills course for government staff involved in infrastructure projects. The time commitment is one hour, and it is a non-paid opportunity. The courses are attended by over 20 senior project, procurement and commercial managers from Victorian Government infrastructure agencies. For more information contact (03) 9651 5615 or


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.
Adelaide: 15 May
Perth: 22 May

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.
Adelaide: 16-18 May
Perth: 23-25 May

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.
Melbourne: 9-10 May
Sydney: 30-31 May


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