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7 March 2019
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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.

National Partners

Policy news

Consult Australia attends Minister's latest Cities Reference Group meeting

Our Chief Executive, Nicola Grayson, attended a Cities Reference Group meeting last Monday in Western Sydney. The meeting was hosted by Alan Tudge MP (Federal Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Minister), and focused on the challenges of population growth and the effectiveness of the City Deals Program. The Minister emphasised the importance of economic development in a population policy and the City Deals Program, with business opportunities and jobs essential for viable, liveable cities. The Cities Reference Group was established in April 2017 to help advise the Federal Government on cities policy, with Consult Australia being a foundation member.



How workplace culture can help address sexual harassment in the workplace – Consult Australia's submission to national inquiry

We have provided our submission to the Human Rights Commission for their inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace. Our submission highlights the link between creating a positive workplace culture and reducing incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace. We also call for the inquiry to investigate broader cultural and behavioural issues, noting that any solution to issues in the workplace must also focus on broader concerns across the community. To this end, our submission recommends a 'live, learn, work, play' approach to eradicating sexual harassment across our society. Thanks to the People and HR Roundtable for assisting with this submission.



Review on modernising Australia's work health and safety laws – the Boland report

Last week, Safe Work Australia released the first national review of the model WHS laws. This review examined how these laws are operating in practice across states and territories. The review found that the laws are largely operating as intended, but that some changes are needed to provide clarity and to drive greater consistency in application and enforcement. The 34 recommendations in the report include more practical guidance material, a prescriptive approach to psychological health, and higher non-compliance penalties. The report is now being considered by WHS ministers and a response to recommendations is expected later in the year.



SafeWork NSW to join our next Mental Health Working Group meeting

The Director of Return to Work NSW, Jim Kelly, will be the guest speaker at our Mental Health Working Group’s meeting next Thursday. Jim will provide a presentation on NSW's Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy, and will participate in a broader discussion with the working group on mental health. The development of government strategies on mentally healthy workplaces was included as a recommendation in Consult Australia's recent mental health report, and we will continue to promote their uptake in other jurisdictions across the country.



Upcoming update of standards on fire sprinkler systems by Standards Australia

Standards Australia have contacted Consult Australia seeking a representative on its FB-004 Automatic Fire Sprinkler Installations Technical Committee. The committee will be undertaking a review of three standards related to fire sprinkler systems (revisions to AS 2118.2, AS 2118.6 and HB 147) 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.


Member services & events

Free Webinar: How to be innovative AEC practice with Deltek Vantagepoint

Join Consult Australia and Deltek on Thursday 21 March for a free webinar. Could your firm benefit from a solution that puts project and people at the centre of your business? This webinar will talk you through the shift, explore how your business can take advantage of these digital efficiencies, and how Deltek Vantagepoint can help you run your architecture practice, engineering practice or construction consultancy more effectively and efficiently. Register here.



2019 Consult Australia Leaders Conference

The Consult Australia Leaders Conference was held in Sydney 20-21 February 2019 at Luna Park Sydney and Consult Australia would like to thank all of the speakers, panellists, sponsors and members (and non-members) who joined us for the conference and cocktail reception this year. Conference photos can be found here and we look forward to even more of you joining us next year for the 2020 Conference!



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.



Be informed Briefing (VIC): A Roadmap for BIM – the Victorian Digital Asset Strategy: Melbourne 26 March

The new Victorian Digital Asset Strategy articulates the benefits of BIM for government stakeholders, sets some general standards, and lays down a framework for developing more detailed guidance. In time, commercial projects may follow where the public sector has led. Take this opportunity to see where digital engineering is heading. Use code VICCONSULT1 for a 30% discount off tickets. Register here.



ECA Presents TwilightTalk: Intangible Assets – Brisbane 12 March, Sydney 13 March, Melbourne 14 March

Attend this FREE thought leadership session to understand how to use your intangible assets to drive growth and profitability within your business. Today, more than 87% of company value resides in intangible assets (such as data, brands, code, trade secrets and industrial know-how, design rights, regulatory approvals and plant variety rights) – these assets are the key drivers of growth and profitability. For further details and to register, click here for Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne



OPV Commercial Capability Training – Guest Industry Speakers Wanted

Office of Projects Victoria is seeking Expressions of Interest from professional services, engineering/design and construction professionals to provide an industry perspective for a new commercial skills course for government staff involved in the procurement or delivery of infrastructure projects. The time commitment is one hour. This is a non-paid opportunity. Courses are attended by over 20 senior project, procurement and commercial managers from Victorian Government infrastructure agencies. Contact (03)9651 5615 or


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.
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.
Brisbane: 4-5 April
Melbourne: 9-10 May


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