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21 March 2019
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Consult Australia's latest thought-leadership report launched today!

Consult Australia today launched our report on asset recycling. The report explores the case for asset recycling as a way to unlock funding for additional infrastructure in our growing cities and regions. Public support for asset recycling needs re-building and the report makes the case that ongoing transfer conditions for private sector investors are key to re-building public support and delivering successful outcomes. The report contains recommendations for governments to consider including eight conditions for successful asset recycling. A copy of our report is available here.


National Partners

Policy news

Implementation plan for Australia wide reforms to building compliance

Following an independent assessment of problems in the building and construction industry (the Building Confidence Report by Shergold & Weir), the Building Ministers' Forum (BMF) has developed a roadmap for reform. It sets out national priority reforms, a summary of the reforms underway in each jurisdiction, planned reforms and proposed timeframes for each jurisdiction, and industry involvement in the process. Click here to view. If you would like to join the working group that is developing Consult Australia's position, please contact Nicola Grayson.



South Australian Productivity Commission review of Government Procurement expanded to include capital projects

We are pleased to report that the South Australian Productivity Commission's review into Government Procurement has been expanded to including capital projects following representations by us that capital works should not be excluded from the terms of reference for their inquiry. An issues paper will be circulated in due course covering capital projects and the public authorities that are exempt from the State Procurement Board, followed by a consultation period. We will circulate once available, it will also be published here.



New Practice Notes on paid parental leave and current skilled migration arrangements

We have updated our Practice Note on the Australian Government's Paid Parental Leave Scheme, including eligibility and ongoing requirements for parental leave pay and Dad and partner pay. We have also updated our Practice Note on skilled migration arrangements. The Skilled Migration Practice Note covers new requirements that have been introduced over the past years, such as labour market testing and other regulatory arrangements under the temporary skill shortage visa. The Practice Notes are free to access by all Consult Australia members.



Member survey on STEM education

Consult Australia's People and HR Roundtable has developed a 12-question survey for members on the downstream impacts on industry from STEM education. We are seeking to better understand industry impacts from the quality of STEM education, and from the quantity and diversity of those attracted to STEM subjects and degrees. The survey will assist Consult Australia with the development of a new policy report on strengthening Australia’s STEM future talent pipeline. You can access the survey here.



Additional built environment professions added to skilled migration occupation list

The Australia Government last week announced changes to eligible skilled occupations lists for key skilled migration visa types. The 'engineering professionals (not elsewhere classified)' category (which includes acoustic engineers, mechatronic engineers and product design engineers), environmental consultants and managers, and hydrogeologists have all been added to the Medium and Long-Term Skill List. This list is relevant to the medium-term stream (four year) of the temporary skill shortage visa, and the direct-entry stream of the regional sponsored visa. Please contact James Robertson for further information.



Relaxed requirements to become a skilled migration accredited sponsor

Last week, the Immigration Minister, David Coleman MP, announced an expansion of the Accredited Sponsor Scheme for skilled migration arrangements to help cut visa application processing time. Reputable employers who have invested at least $50 million into their Australia business over the past five years will now be eligible for the scheme. For information on accreditation click here. We are contacting the Minister's office re the need for smaller businesses to benefit from shorter processing times for skills that have been identified on the skilled migration occupation lists.



Australian Government releases population policy – cuts to the permanent migration cap for 2019-20

The Australian Government announced their population policy yesterday. This focuses on three areas: reducing the permanent migration cap, and new incentives for migrations to settle outside major cities; the existing Federal funding commitments for transport infrastructure; and ongoing focus on population at future COAG meetings, through city and regional deals, and by establishing a Centre of Population. The policy cuts the 2019-20 permanent migration cap to 160,000 places (from 190,000), however the government is seeking to increase the number of employer sponsored visas issued over this timeframe from 35,000 to 39,000.


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.



The Call for Entries for the Consult Australia Awards for Excellence is coming soon!

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.


Industry news

Financial Review Client Choice Awards 2019 Gala Dinner

Consult Australia is proud to be the sponsor of the Best Built Environment Firm at the Financial Review Client Choice Awards 2019. The Gala Dinner will be held at the Sofitel on Collins in Melbourne on 27 March 2019. All the finalists for this years awards and more information on the Client Choice awards can be found here.



Fire Safety Engineering – Reports by the Warren Centre

The Warren Centre has published two reports on fire safety engineering, the first is an education report on the current status of education and training of fire safety engineers and their expected competencies. The second report looks at the statutory controls for fire safety engineering, including voluntary industry accreditation schemes. Both reports contain recommendations for improving the current education and regulatory requirements regarding fire safety practitioners and can be downloaded here.



Standards Australia launch discussion paper on proposal for a permanent labelling system for Aluminium Composite Panels (ACPs)

Standards Australia is seeking advice from industry and other stakeholders on the proposed approach for labelling of ACPs – click here for the discussion paper. The feedback will be used to inform the development of a technical specification on the permanent labelling of ACPs. Feedback can be sent to by 1 April 2019.



Green Building Council of Australia appoints new CEO, Davina Rooney

Sustainability industry leader Davina Rooney will join the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) as the new chief executive officer. The former General Manager of Sustainability and Corporate Procurement at one of Australia's largest diversified property groups, Stockland, Davina brings her experience as an engineer and change agent to Australia's authority on sustainable buildings and communities. Consult Australia would like to congratulate Davina and we look forward to continuing our relationship with both Davina and the GBCA.



Managing Risk for Engineers

While Risk Management might not be the most engaging subject for leaders of engineering businesses, it’s an essential concern that you can't avoid–and something you need to manage effectively. But, what does Risk Management mean and how can you protect your firm?

Management for Design can assist you with this question as well as well as other aspects of leadership to ensure the smooth running of your business. Read their latest business journal to find out more. 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.
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.
Brisbane: 4-5 April
Melbourne: 9-10 May


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