ACA Business Toolbox
The ACA Business Toolbox provides members with the essential resources to effectively operate their businesses. This suite of member-only tools, contracts and model documents supports architectural practices in business matters and employment responsibilities.
Human Resources Advisory
ACA member practices are eligible for a 15-minute consultation each year with Catalina Consultants on a range of matters related to people management and workplace culture.
Employment Agreement Templates – User Guide
This User Guide is a companion to the new ACA Employment Agreement Templates, offering advice on how to best use these templates within practice. Topics include pay rates, allowances, amending Schedule A, amending the contract, adding a position description and re-issuing contracts to existing employees.
Updated Employment Agreement Templates
The ACA is delighted to release an updated version of the Employment Agreement templates to support members. This follows a plain language review of our template employment contracts with Fair Work Lawyers to ensure they are user friendly as well as legally compliant. Download today!
Pandemic Delays & Supply Chain Cost Increases
The member-only special conditions available for download are designed to be incorporated into Schedule 2a of ABIC contracts. They deal with construction delays resulting from the COVID pandemic, and increases in the costs of certain building materials.
COVID-19 Management Guidelines
Comprehensive and written in plain English, the COVID-19 Management Guidelines can be readily tailored to suit the needs of specific practices.
ACA Exit Meeting Template
The ACA has produced an Exit Meeting Template to assist employers in collecting pertinent information from employees who are leaving their practice.
ACA members have access to financial and business management support through an advisory service from Management for Design.
Industrial Relations Advisory
ACA member practices can access a 15-minute consultation with Fair Work Lawyers on employment matters and industrial relations issues.
ACA members have the opportunity to access 20 minutes of legal advice from one of the senior members of the Moray & Agnew team.
HR Policy Templates
Comprehensive and written in plain English, the HR Policy Templates can be readily tailored to suit the needs of specific practices.
ACA Resource Sharing System
The ACA Resource Sharing System (RSS) is an employment initiative designed to assist members in retaining valuable staff by entering into short-term secondment agreements.
Architects’ Time/Cost Calculator
The ACA Architects' Time/Cost Calculator Version 3 helps practices assess the time and costs involved in providing an appropriate level of service for a broad range of building types.
Force Majeure Special Conditions
Special conditions for the ABIC SW and ABIC MW contracts introduce the concept of Force Majeure. These special conditions were updated and reissued in early July 2022.
ACA Salary Calculator
The ACA Salary Calculator provides architectural practices with a clear methodology for determining the appropriate award-compliant salaries.
Special Conditions for ABIC BW 2018 C
Special conditions allow the ABIC Commercial Basic Works Contract to be adapted for use on small residential projects in New South Wales.
Short Form Client Architect Agreement
Just three pages and a cover letter, the ACA Short Form Client Architect Agreement is a fair and balanced model contract for use on small- to medium-sized projects. Edition 4 out now (updated March 2021)!
Guide Agreements – Individual Flexible Arrangements
The ACA Guide IFA Agreement provides member practices with a guide document to review and adjust to suit their particular practice.
Guide Agreements – time off in lieu and cashing out leave
The ACA provides new Guide Agreements to assist members meet their obligations under recent changes to the Architects Award.
Safe Design Proformas
The ACA's Safe Design Proformas help architects to meet their obligations under the Model Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and state-specific regulations.
Roof Access Checklist
ACA - SA has developed a model checklist for roof access on site inspections.
Professional Services Subcontract
The new Professional Services Subcontract (updated October 2021) is available for members to use when a back-to-back agreement is required with the Lead Consultant.
Contractors Employed in an Architect's Office
A Guide Employment Agreement for Contractors Employed in an Architect’s Office.