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2 May 2019
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ALP responds to Consult Australia's policy platform for the 2019 Federal election

The Australian Labor Party has replied to our policy platform for the upcoming Federal election. This outlines Labor's commitment to boost the existing federal investment levels for transport infrastructure and includes a 'buy local' approach to procurement. Another policy included is their package of childcare measures, which includes an increase to the childcare subsidy percentage for combined incomes under $170k. Our platform recommended a similar approach, noting the significant benefits from making it more attractive for primary carers to re-enter the workforce. Click here to read.

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Policy news

Quantification of structural performance requirements – draft report for your feedback

We were invited by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) to prepare a proposal for the quantification of the National Construction Code (NCC) structure performance requirements. Quantification of these requirements holds benefits for practicing consulting structural engineers, including clarifying much of the ambiguity that pervades litigation involving structural performance. Rod Johnson, our representative on the NCC industry committee has prepared a draft report and is seeking feedback from members by 17 May 2019. Please contact Rod Johnston with your feedback/queries.



Feedback request – industry initiatives to support STEM education

Consult Australia is currently researching the range of initiatives in place that focus on improving STEM education in Australia. This research is to assist with a report that we will be releasing this year. The first stage of this research was on government initiatives. We are now focused on identifying a range of best practice examples of industry initiatives, such as Hydro Tasmania's Generation Hydro. If you are aware of, or involved with, any successful industry initiatives, please get in touch with James Robertson.



Pre-Election announcement: 'Engineering is Elementary' programme (Coalition)

The Coalition has announced that they will introduce a new $6.2 million programme to introduce students to the skills and concepts needed to pursue a career as an engineer. This follows an initial pilot programme, and funding for the Engineering is Elementary programme which is included in this year’s budget. The initiative will be delivered over the next three years by Questacon and will provide workshops and resource kits to primary school teachers focused on teaching engineering in an engaging way.



Pre-Election announcement: Skilled Migration Policy (ALP)

The ALP last week announced the skilled visa system reforms that they will deliver if successful at the Federal election. These include increasing the temporary skilled migration income threshold (TSMIT), a new levy of 3-6 per cent of the TSMIT per year, and a new independent authority to restrict temporary visas to positions determined as having a genuine skills shortage. We will respond to this announcement outlining areas of concern in consultation with our Skilled Migration Working Group. Please contact James Robertson if you would like to provide feedback.



The Impact of Climate Change on Infrastructure: Applying Digital Tech and Standards

APEC is leading a project to identify priority areas for applying standards and digital technology in response to the impacts of climate change on infrastructure, with special emphasis on the built environment. Our colleagues at Standards Australia are inviting built environment experts in Australia to complete a survey to identify key issues, opportunities and challenges facing this project. To participate click here. Survey closes 31 May 2019.


Member services & events

Entries are invited for the Consult Australia 2019 Awards for Excellence!

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.


Industry news

Indonesia Infrastructure Opportunities

Kemitraan Indonesia Australia untuk Infrastructure (KIAT) is a partnership between the Governments of Australia and Indonesia to support sustainable and inclusive economic growth through improved access to infrastructure for all people. Water, sanitation, road and rail network planning and infrastructure financing opportunities will be listed. Click here to view their open tender opportunities (scroll down page to view).



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.


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
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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