Member-driven advocacy

Consult Australia's advocacy work is member-driven through our; state/territory committees, roundtables and working groups. Participation in these is one of the benefits of membership.

State/territory committees

Each state and territory has a committee, giving members the opportunity to develop strategies to tackle local issues as well as contribute to the national agenda. Committee participants are often called upon to represent Consult Australia in local engagement activities (including meetings with government agencies etc). These committees generally meet monthly and require engaged individuals. Visit your state/territory page for more information on current participants and latest news.

Roundtables

Our roundtables give members the opportunity to discuss, provide advice and support the delivery of Consult Australia's advocacy work.The information sharing culture between roundtable participants builds understanding of best practices, as well as broader challenges facing the sector.

Roundtable participants are often called upon to represent Consult Australia in engagement activities (including meetings with government agencies etc) and provide support to state/territory committees on local issues (where relevant). 

We currently have four roundtables:

  • Defence Roundtable
  • Infrastructure Roundtable
  • People & Human Resources Roundtable
  • Liability & Contracts Roundtable

The roundtables generally meet quarterly, except for the Liability & Contracts Roundtable which meets every 4-6 weeks. Roundtables require engaged individuals with the skills/experience relevant to the topic areas. More information on current participants and latest news for each roundtable is below.

Working groups

From time to time we form working groups to work on specific advocacy campaigns or thought leadership pieces. Working groups allow a select group of members to do a deep-dive on a particular topic and provide guidance and feedback on drafting of policy initiatives.

We currently have seven working groups:

  • Asset Recycling Working Group
  • Building Reform and Compliance Working Group
  • Business Case Working Group
  • Mental Health Working Group
  • Procurement Campaign Working Group
  • Property Tax Reforms Working Group
  • Skilled Migration Working Group

Working groups meet as and when needed, often weekly or fortnightly at the start of an initiative and tapering off. Working groups require engaged individuals with knowledge relevant to the topic area and the time to provide (sometimes urgent) feedback and advice. For more information on working groups, contact us at: info@consultaustralia.com.au.

Priorities

Our Defence Roundtable oversee our engagement with Defence. Participants discuss the challenges and rewards of Defence work. Through the Defence-Industry CoLab participants drive increased collaboration between Defence and industry (consultants and contractors).

Latest 'top 3 takeaways'

Every meeting our roundtable participants summarise the 'top 3 takeaways' from the meeting which we share with the rest of the membership. Here at the top 3 takeaways from the Q2 meeting of 2021:

  1. CollabX Event - The Roundtable is keen to assist Defence to form the CollabX Event program into something worthwhile and effective for both industry and Defence. 
  2. Capacity - Capacity of the market was discussed and noted as a worthwhile topic to discuss with Defence at the next Defence Industry Co-Lab quarterly meeting. 
  3. Defence contracts and insurance - The roundtable agreed that more discussions are needed with Defence on contracts, particularly the insurance impacts, although the roundtable acknowledged the significant changes that have happened already. 

Current participants

Below is the list of the current roundtable participants. Want to get involved? Contact Kristy Eulenstein.

NameMember business
Tim Nicholls (Chair)KBR
Liam Hale (Vice Chair)AECOM
Danielle ToaseArcadis
Stephen CarrollAurecon
David Barter/Simon WestBeca
Jonathan Large / Rhodi JonesCardno
Tasos Katopodis (Consult Australia Board representative) / Carl JenkinsGHD
Ralph WilliamsHDR
Mirsad Abdic Jacobs
Alistair Aitken / Mark ChappeRider Levett Bucknall
Sean PageACOR Rudds Consulting Engineers
Kate Drews (Consult Australia Board representative) / Dan KeepSMEC

 

Priorities

Our Infrastructure Roundtable oversees our nationwide activities relating to infrastructure governance, funding/finance and procurement. Participants share best practice procurement and contracting used in infrastructure projects.

Latest 'top 3 takeaways'

Every meeting our roundtable participants summarise the 'top 3 takeaways' from the meeting which we share with the rest of the membership.

  1. Opportunity to improve procurement practices in response to COVID-19. Improving procurement practices remains a focus for the roundtable. A new paper on opportunities in response to COVID-19, and tangible best practice examples, will be released shortly.
  2. Presentation by Australasian Procurement and a Construction Council (APCC). Participants and APCC discussed COVID-19 as an impetus to improve practices. Consult Australia will closely engage with APCC on these potential opportunities.
  3. Pipeline transparency. Pipeline transparency and the role of the pipeline to support the COVID-19 economic recovery is another roundtable priority. New papers on the pipeline and stimulus and improving how work is packaged will be released shortly.

Current participants

Below is the list of the current roundtable participants. Want to get involved? Contact Kristy Eulenstein.

NameMember business
Syd Gamble (Chair)Arcadis 
Ian Cox / Stephen SewellAECOM
Clara Tetther (alternate to Syd Gamble)Arcadis 
Jeff Booker / Merrill LeeArup 
Rowenna Walker (Consult Australia Board representative)Aurecon
Allen Macourt / Mark PerryCardno
Libby Mitchell / Noam MaitlessGHD 
Stuart Manley (Consult Australia Board representative)S&L Manley Pty Ltd
Judith UrenJGU
James PlantKBR
Scott Nield / Adam Chan-SewStantec
Jo O'Brien / Tim EnnisTonkin

 

Priorities

Our People and HR Roundtable oversee our nationwide activities relating to people and skills including; mental health, skills and inclusion. Participants share best practice initiatives on workplace issues and help develop member resources to assist particularly SMEs in this area.

Latest 'top 3 takeaways'

Every meeting our roundtable participants summarise the 'top 3 takeaways' from the meeting which we share with the rest of the membership.

1. Pulse Survey on safety metrics 
The roundtable will shortly undertake a pulse survey on safety metrics. The purpose of this survey is to provide industry-wide benchmarking data for member businesses.  

2. Return to work and WFH approaches
Attracting employees back to the office was flagged as a challenge facing many member businesses. The roundtable discussed potential strategies to encourage more staff back into the office, along with broader reflections if there has been a permanent shift to the working preferences of employees. 

3. Professional's Australia presentation
Professionals Australia's CEO and Head of Legal joined for a conversation on the Professional Employees Modern Award. It was agreed that Consult Australia and Professionals Australia could work together on developing a guide on this award. 

Current participants

Below is the list of the current roundtable participants. Want to get involved? Contact Kristy Eulenstein.

NameMember business
Stephen Troilo (Chair)Northrop 
Kylie Ward Stantec
Claudia Faulkner
ADP Consulting
Jane Moylan
AECOM
Amy Baxendale
Arcadis
Phoebe Ryssenbeek
Arup
Lauren Di Pietro Aurecon
Sharon ProwleCardno
Holly Carson (Consult Australia Board representative)CGC
Amy Singh Douglas Partners
Catherine Drury-FoxGHD
Jo ColliverHDR
Silje Barningham Jacobs 

Kerryn Scott 

KBR
Sarah MillsPitt & Sherry
Romi Hoffenberg / Leonie KerleySLR Consulting
Abesi MwendaSMEC
Brett Davis (Consult Australia Board representative) / Venelina KostourkovStantec
Sharyne MunzbergTonkin
Bianca LockettUmwelt Australia 

 

Priorities

Our Liability & Contracts Roundtable oversee our nationwide activities relating to fairness in contracting, insurance as well as legal and regulatory risk. The roundtable includes legal practitioners and commercial managers. Participants share best practice initiatives on contracting and support state/territory committees to tackle local issues. Roundtable participants help develop member resources to assist on law reform issues, legal requirements and contracting issues.

Latest 'top 3 takeaways'

Every meeting our roundtable participants summarise the 'top 3 takeaways' from the meeting which we share with the rest of the membership. Here are the 'top 3 takeaways' from the June meeting of 2021:

  1. Engagement - Members of the roundtable are committed to taking action on the issues of concern and assisting Consult Australia in state and territory jurisdictions engage with government clients.
  2. Level of activity - Members value the volume of client briefings and member guides being developed by Consult Australia and will continue to use the client briefings in industry push-back on onerous contract terms. Consult Australia materials also assist members demonstrate to clients that the issues are not particular to their business but are an industry concern.
  3. Qld Pre-qualification - Members are concerned by the proposed Qld procurement pre-qualification scheme being consulted on by Energy & Public Works and will be pushing back through their businesses on the concerning aspects of the scheme. It was noted that the Qld Committee have been heavily involved and could use the support of legal teams.

Current participants

Below is the list of the current roundtable participants. Want to get involved? Contact Kristy Eulenstein.

NameMember business
David Saunders (Chair)SMEC 
Luke Russel / Adam ScottAECOM 
Belinda RitchieArcadis 
Ainslie Blunck Arup 
Scott MenckAurecon
James GroverBeca 
Jennifer LordBG&E
Steven EvansCMC Asia Pacific
Michelle Golafshan (Consult Australia Board representative)Douglas Partners
Denise Obst / Peter HortisGHD
Shawn RoddaHDR
Felicity DonaldsonJacobs
Joshua Magennis / Jeanette ThomsonKBR
David Field (ACT Committee representative) / Laura KennyNorthrop
Jane BaileyPitt & Sherry
Glenn ThomasSLR Consulting
Josie LewisStantec
Jonathan AllanUmwelt