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21 February 2019
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Call for nominees to champion mental health in our sector

We are establishing a Mental Health Ambassadors Network of leaders from member firms to champion the importance of wellbeing in our industry. The network will focus on addressing mental health stigmas and promoting mentally healthy workplaces in our industry. The network was a recommendation in our recent Striving for Mentally Healthy Workplaces report because leaders are in a strong position to lead a cultural change on the topic. Please contact James Robertson to nominate or to hear more about the network.

National Partners

Policy news

New working group to develop policy position on potential skilled migration reforms

Skilled migration is shaping up to become a hot topic in the lead up to the upcoming Federal election. Many member firms have also flagged concerns with existing arrangements, with their impacts worsening due to some of the domestic skill shortages currently being experienced. As such, Consult Australia is establishing a Skilled Migration Working Group to help us develop a policy position on the topic for future engagement with the Australian Government. If you would like to join the working group or have any questions, please contact James Robertson.



Building Ministers Forum: implementation plan to be released

Following the Building Ministers Forum (BMF), which we attended, Ministers have reaffirmed their commitment to developing a joint response to the recommendations of the Shergold & Weir Building Confidence Report. The BMF will release the joint implementation plan setting out the direction of the proposed reforms of each jurisdiction by the end of February. Please contact Nicola Grayson to participate in our working group, which is covering this issue.



Infrastructure Australia's $58bn project pipeline

Infrastructure Australia (IA) has released the 2019 Infrastructure Priority List, presenting 121 nationally significant infrastructure proposals and a $58 billion project pipeline designed to guide investment towards projects that will deliver the best outcomes for Australia’s growing communities. The Priority List reflects the diversity of Australia’s future infrastructure needs across transport, energy, water, communications, housing and education. IA once again is urging decision-makers to consult the Infrastructure Priority List before committing funding to a pre-defined project.



Upcoming update of standards on bitumen testing by Standards Australia

Standards Australia have contacted Consult Australia seeking a representative on its CH-025 Bitumen and Related Products for Roadmaking Technical Committee. The committee will be undertaking a review of three standards related to testing bitumen (AS 2341.3, AS 2341.12 and AS 2341.18) from April this year. The committee meetings tend to be face-to-face meetings in Sydney, however teleconferencing facilities can be made available for interstate members. Please contact James Robertson if you are interested in joining this group.



World Bank signs five-year agreement to use FIDIC standard contracts

The International Engineering Federation (FIDIC) has secured a major agreement with the World Bank that will adopt six of the FIDIC standard contracts for the next five years. This includes the Client/Consultant Model Services Agreement ("White book"), Fifth Edition 2017; the Conditions of Contract for EPC Turnkey Projects ("Silver book"), Second Edition, 2017); and the Conditions of Contract for Design, Build and Operate Projects ("Gold book") First Edition 2008; and - The Short Form of Contract ("Green book"), First Edition 1999. Click here for more.


Member services & events

The Call for Entries for the Consult Australia Awards for Excellence Call launches in March

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 start thinking about the great people and projects they’d like to nominate for the 2019 Awards.




ConsultHR is an online web-based subscription tool that enables businesses to comply with current Australian industrial relations laws and demonstrate best practice in their human resources, industrial relations and work health and safety management. Tailored specifically for our industry ConsultHR provides subscribers with easy access to 28 specially selected HR contracts, policies and templates that will enable everyone, including those whose focus is on other areas of the business, to manage their people resources as effectively and efficiently as possible. Click here to check out the service or get more information by contacting Kisanne Dulin.


Industry news

ACO's new website dedicated to trafficable cable pits and continuous surface ducting systems

Cable runs often traverse through different urban and civil environments. Specific consideration needs to be given to each individual enclosure. Cable pits are positioned on cable routes to provide branching or bending points and/or to allow access for jointing and maintenance. In contrast, surface cable ducting systems become the cable route and allow low voltage cables and other utilities to be laid directly along a trafficable pavement. To view ACO's new site including a guide for proper specification, click here.



Austrade Mission to the Asian Development Bank

Austrade invites you to join the Australian delegation to Manila from 26-29 March 2019 for the Asian Development Bank Business Opportunities Fair (ADB-BOF). In 2017, Australia ranked #1 in Technical Assistance by the ADB and they have shown strong interest in Australian expertise, technology and services across priority sectors such as transport, urban development, smart cities, energy, healthcare, education, agribusiness, climate change and disaster resilience. Current projects tendered can be seen 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!

Lights out to LIGHT Up: 5 Innovative Strategies to source, select, motivate & keep top talent | Sydney 5 March
If you want to guarantee that you will be able attract and retain enough of the right people to kick your business goals, you must think differently about how you source, interview, onboard and manage your employees – especially in light of the changing demands of today's (and tomorrow's) workforce. In this workshop, you will be guided through 5 innovative, but incredibly practical, strategies to help your organisation become - and stay - competitive in today's incredibly fierce market. Register 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.
Brisbane: 20 March
Adelaide: 15 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.
Brisbane: 21-23 March
Adelaide: 16-18 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.
Adelaide: 14-15 March
Brisbane: 4-5 April


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