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24 January 2019
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2019/20 Federal Budget – Consult Australia submission


The Australian Government announced a consultation with industry late last year on the 2019/20 Federal Budget. Consult Australia's submission focuses on practical measures to improve the current pipeline of built environment projects, a strong workforce to deliver the projects of tomorrow and improving procurement practices. Thank you to all the roundtable representatives who helped shape our submission.


National Partners

Policy news

Call for participants: Building Industry Regulation and Practice Working Group

We are establishing a members' working group to develop our position on the future of regulation and practice in the building industry, including our response to the Shergold & Weir 'Building Confidence' report and our positioning re the ongoing media resulting from incidents like the Grenfell and Lacrosse tower fires and Opal Tower. We aim to hold the first meeting on 5 February at 1pm (AEDT) in preparation for the Building Ministers' Forum, which we have been invited to attend. Contact Nicola Grayson to join.



Delivering infrastructure with innovation: actions for change

We are conducting research to identify how to unlock greater innovation in delivering infrastructure projects. So far, two great ideas have emerged that we'd love your help to develop, via two working groups:
1. Create a project innovation register as part of the design process, that can be used to address project issues at each point.
2. Develop an action plan to enable innovation through increased awareness, skills, training and professional development.

To register your interest contact Jill Carney.



Are project bank accounts working? Share your views on the Queensland proposals

We have established a working group to consider our response to the review of the Building Industry Fairness reforms introduced by the Queensland Government in 2017 – click here for the Review Panels' discussion paper. Critically for consulting businesses it is proposed that from 1 March 2019, the second phase of the reforms re Project Bank Accounts will commence. To join the working group or pass on your views, please contact Jill Carney.



Hitting the year running: Consult Australia's submissions re the status of the teaching profession, mass transport, and skilled visas

Consult Australia has had a busy month preparing submissions for three Federal parliamentary inquiries. To view click the links:
1. Effectiveness of the current temporary skilled visa in targeting genuine skills shortages inquiry (read more)
2. Status of the teaching profession inquiry (read more)
3. Automated mass transport inquiry (read more)

For more information on these submissions, please contact James Robertson.



Federal Health Minister's office welcomes Consult Australia's report

In response to our Striving for Mentally Healthy Workplaces report, we were invited to brief the Mental Health Advisor to Greg Hunt, Federal Health Minister. The discussion focused on our recommendations for policies that need government support. Our call for an 'outcomes focused' legislative framework and the impacts on mental health from poor procurement practices were both well received. The report's industry recommendations were also discussed, and we were encouraged to engage with the Mental Health Commission and Everymind.



ALP announce 'Local Projects, Local Jobs' national procurement plan

Federal Labor released a procurement plan this week, flagging new measures if elected this year, which focuses on improving access for local businesses, and includes: Bidders to develop a local job plan for projects over $10m; Local labour-market testing for new employees required for a project; Australian Industry Participation plans for $250m+ projects (part of the tender); and one in ten workers on major projects to be apprentices from the local areas.


Member services & events

Register now for the 2019 Consult Australia Leaders Conference – only one month to go!

Now in its sixth year the 2019 Consult Australia Leaders Conference offers a great program with opportunities to learn, share and network with your peers. It is being held at Luna Park Sydney on 20-21 February 2019 and we hope you can join us there! You can view the 2019 program here and join us at the conference by registering here.


Industry news

The Warren Centre: Fire Safety Engineering – Raising to Challenges and Creating Opportunities

This industry event will report on the three areas currently being investigated by The Warren Centre's Fire Safety Engineering Project, which include:
1. The State of Fire Safety Engineering Regulations, Control and Accreditation;
2. The State and Future Role of Performance Based Fire Safety Engineering;
3. The Effective Professionalisation of Fire Safety Engineering.

Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019 at 1pm to 6pm, Sydney. For information and tickets click here.



Participate in the 2019 Australian International Development Opportunities Mission to the Asian Development Bank, March 26-29, 2019

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) at the ADB's headquarters and a program of targeted briefings, one to one meetings and networking events. The ADB-BOF is an educational and networking forum that brings together ADB lead officers with over 600 international and local consultants, contractors, manufacturers and suppliers. Go to the Austrade website for all the details.



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. Water and Sanitation is one focus area, as is road network planning and infrastructure financing. A number of potential project opportunities exist across these and other focus areas. View the KIAT procurement plan here. For more information contact: (Austrade, Australia); (Austrade, Jakarta).


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.
Sydney: 6 February
Brisbane: 20 March

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.
Sydney: 7-9 February
Brisbane: 21-23 March

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

Resolving Conflict Workshop | NSW February 14
Things don’t always go smoothly at work with people; those around you, in your team, your boss, critical stakeholders like customers/clients, suppliers and regulators. Through our natural course of living each day we make choices and decisions; and because of these, we experience a difference of opinion, different priorities, different needs and different expectations with other people. These differences are conflict. This workshop is aimed at business leaders who want to challenge they way they think, feel, and act when confronted with a situation of conflict. Register here.

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