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4 April 2019
Consult Australia
Federal Budget Summary

Consult Australia’s Budget Summary is available here. Spending on infrastructure was central to this year’s Budget and we are very pleased to see the formal announcement that the Australian Government will establish a Centre for Procurement Excellence, which was a core recommendation in our pre-budget submission and a central part of our better procurement policy and advocacy work. The Centre’s aim will be to enhance procurement capability and productivity across the public sector, which will be critical to successful project delivery.


National Partners

Policy news

Consult Australia advocacy leads to new guidance by Queensland's TMR on tender periods

Following our QLD division's campaign earlier this year on tenders with deadlines in early January in line with our Model Client Policy and Striving for Mentally Healthy Workplaces report, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has issued guidance on tender periods. This includes that any tenders which extend over the Christmas period must allow the full tender period excluding the Christmas Closedown Period, in order to allow tenderers to prepare their response.  



Strengthening the unfair contract term protections for small businesses

The Government is to consult on options to amend the Unfair Contract Terms regime for small business through a Regulatory Impact Statement process. Importantly one of these options includes extending the Unfair Contract Terms protections to government contracts, which we have consistently advocated for. Consult Australia would welcome feedback from small business members on their experiences of contracting (or attempting to contract) with governments that may inform our submission. More information will be circulated once available.



Negligence and your Duty of Care: revised Practice Note for members

This Practice Note provides you with the basic principles relating to the law of negligence and the duty of care owed to clients when providing your services. Not only does it cover the elements of negligence that you need to be mindful of but also provides an overview of ways to limit your liability. Practice Notes are available free of charge to members. Click here to log in and view.



Is your business involved in labour hire in Victoria? If yes, please note new licensing requirements

Labour hire is generally where one business provides labour to another business. Although genuine secondments are not captured, we strongly encourage you to check whether your business provides labour hire as defined in Victoria under the Act. Applications for a labour hire licence can be made from 29 April 2019. For more information about the labour hire licensing scheme, or to check provider obligations, register for one of their state-wide information sessions or subscribe to e-news updates, please visit  



Enhance your digital experience and navigate the National Construction Code (NCC) online

On 1 February, the NCC 2019 preview was released ahead of its adoption on 1 May 2019. Today, if you prefer the digital experience, you can now navigate your way through the enhanced NCC online. The new digital platform has been designed to assist you to easily search and find the Sections/Parts/Clauses that are relevant to you. Registered NCC users can provide feedback on all aspects of the digital NCC.  



Launch of Women in STEM Decadal Plan

The Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology (Karen Andrews) launched the Women in STEM Decadal Plan at Parliament in Canberra on Monday this week. The plan outlines the direction for Australia to improve participation and progression of females in STEM over the next decade. It aims to provide a platform for government, industry and the education and research sectors to come together and begin turning recommendations into actions. The plan was developed by the Academy of Science and the Academy of Technology and Engineering.


Member services & events

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.


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

International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Infrastructure Conference 2019

FIDIC Mexico City 2019 on 8 to the 10 of September 2019 will gather C-suite professionals and decision makers of the consulting engineering and infrastructure industry from around the world and will provide a unique forum for discussion of global business challenges and opportunities. For early-bird tickets and to find out more about the programme see



2019 Client Choice Awards

Consult Australia is proud to have been involved in the Client Choice Awards since their inception 15 years ago, and to have been able to continue that relationship this year both as a co-sponsor of our industry category (alongside Pinsent Masons) and through our involvement in the development and introduction of the new Built Environment Award. The full list of winners and finalists can be found here. Our congratulations to this year's winners!



FIDIC Contracts Survey

The FIDIC Contracts Committee /Task Group 16 (TG16) is conducting important research about the use of FIDIC Contracts and Agreements worldwide. Through the questionnaire which follows, you will help FIDIC to gather the required data and information to help them to understand how the FIDIC forms of Contract and Agreements are being used internationally and the current profile so that they can improve the services they provide to the global construction sector. Take the survey 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.
Melbourne: 9-10 May
Sydney: 30-31 May


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