FY 2018 HR changes

Changes to Your HR Obligations for the New Financial Year

11 July 2017

The new financial year will bring a number of changes to laws and regulations affecting HR, including new obligations for employers. 

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Supporting Mental Health

Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

10 July 2017

The topic of mental health is receiving increasing attention in architecture. So, how can you ensure that your practice is safe and healthy? ACA partner Cbus works with SuperFriend to provide knowledge and resources about mental health, some of which is shared below. 

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Salary Calculator

ACA Salary Calculator

3 July 2017

The ACA Salary Calculator provides architectural practices with a clear methodology for determining the appropriate award-compliant salaries.

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Award pay rates 2017

Federal Industrial Awards Pay Rates from 1 July 2017

7 June 2017

Updated Federal Industrial Awards pay rates for awards relevant to employees working in architectural practices.

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2017 Salary Survey findings

2017 Salary Survey - Findings

31 May 2017

The findings of the 2017 National Salary Survey, with analysis by Dr Gill Matthewson, are now out – salaries are up very slightly, but worrying trends continue for the third year. There is still a gender pay gap and some practices persist in paying under Award minimums!

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Mentoring

The Merits of Mentoring

8 May 2017

When it comes to creating a motivated and well-supported architectural workforce, mentoring is a no-brainer, argues Michael Smith. 

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National Salary Survey

National Salary Survey

11 April 2017

The ACA National Salary Survey provides important data on architectural salaries across Australia.

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Employer superannuation obligations

Employer Superannuation Obligations

6 April 2017

All Australian businesses have responsibilities when it comes to superannuation. Cbus explains employers’ obligations and how Cbus can help.

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LOng hours

Go Hard or Go Home!

20 March 2017

Lee Hillam reflects on the long-hours culture in architecture.

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Part of the Territory?

Part of the Territory? A response from the ACA

20 March 2017

Poor workplace cultures and conditions are bad for everyone – employee, employer and the wider profession. David Wagner responds to one recent account. 

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Architects Award FAQ

Architects Award: FAQ

19 March 2017

The Architects Award sets the minimum standards and wages for the employment of architects, architectural graduates and architecture students. FAQs to help you meet your obligations. 

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Long Service Leave for Casual and Part-time Employees

19 March 2017

Michael Corrigan explains long service leave entitlements for casual or regular part-time employees, and how to calculate leave owed. 

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Time off in lieu changes

Time off in Lieu - New Rules

19 March 2017

A surprise decision by the Fair Work Commission now requires employers to calculate time off in lieu (TOIL) at a rate of 1.5 hours for each hour of overtime worked for employees being paid at the Award rates.

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Paid Parental Leave

16 February 2017

Do you have systems in place for Paid Parental Leave? We provide an overview of your obligations.

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THe Architects Award

The Architects Award

25 October 2016

Your obligations under the Architects Award and how the ACA can help.

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Know your employment contract

Know Your Employment Contract

25 October 2016

Michael Corrigan reminds practices of key considerations. 

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SuperStream

SuperStream

23 October 2016

Are you using SuperStream yet? The extended deadline for businesses with less than 20 employees to start using this ATO system is 28 October. Cbus provides a guide to help you get started.

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2016-10-17

ACA WIRE
Employee / Contractor Decision Tool

The ATO has a simple online tool to help you find out whether your worker is an employee or contractor for tax and super purposes. 

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2016-10-17

ACA WIRE
Architects and mental health

"This review has highlighted the lack of data and knowledge in relation to the mental health and wellbeing of architects. It has highlighted a number of characteristics of work and education of architects that are strongly associated with increased risk of developing mental health problems."

As part of an ongoing project, the NSW Architects Registration Board has now released a literature review of material relevant to architects and mental health.

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Redundancy update

Redundancy Update

21 September 2016

A new decision by the Fairwork Commission means that redundancy payments should now be calculated with reference to previous casual employment as well as part-time and full-time service. Abraham Ash and Andrew McNair of Clayton Utz explain. 

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Reverse Mentoring

Reverse Mentoring

21 September 2016

Reverse mentoring has much to offer architectural practices, with potential benefits to employees, employers and the whole business. 

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Students and Graduates of Architecture

30 August 2016

Provisions for students and graduates of architecture in the Architects Award and applicable pay rates.

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Guide employment agreements

Guide Employment Agreements

30 August 2016

The ACA Employment Agreements provide member practices with guide that they can review and adjust to suit their particular practice.

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2016 Salary Survey

2016 Salary Survey Report and Analysis

19 August 2016

The ACA has released the report on findings of the 2016 National Salary Survey – salaries are up very slightly, but worrying trends continue – there is still a gender pay gap and some practices persist in paying under Award minimums!

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EOFY Remuneration Resolutions

EOFY: Remuneration resolutions

4 July 2016

Leone Lorrimer offers a series of resolutions to help ensure that architectural practices provide fair and equitable remuneration, and a set of resources to support them.

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Managing for happiness

Managing for Happiness

14 June 2016

Nurturing a company culture of opportunity and challenge, support and appreciation is not just about giving you a warm fuzzy feeling – it can increase your bottom line. Rena Klein makes the case.

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2016 Award rates

Federal Industrial Awards Pay Rates from 1 July 2016

6 June 2016

Updated Federal Industrial Awards pay rates for awards relevant to employees working in architectural practices.

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Federal Budget Internship program

Federal Budget New Internship Program

19 May 2016

The 2016 Federal Budget includes an internship program. Details are scant, but the ACA is keeping a watching brief on the initiative and what it means in relation to the Architects Award.

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Attracting and retaining great employees

Attracting and retaining great employees

17 May 2016

Competition for good architectural staff is keen across much of Australia at the moment. Salaries matter, but as Krista Shearer from Bespoke points out, there are other things your practice can do to attract and retain good people – and people rarely move for salary alone.

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Measuring productivity

Measuring Productivity

11 March 2016

What is productivity and how should we measure it? Robert Peake reports on recent survey findings and suggests strategies for architectural practices.

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2016 employment update

Employment Update 2016

10 March 2016

Michael Corrigan provides his annual update on employment matters at the next ACA –Qld/NT event.

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Vehicle allowance

Vehicle allowance

4 November 2015

A brief update on the vehicle allowance in the Architects Award.

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CEO Roundtable

CEO Roundtable on Gender Equity

21 July 2015

Leone Lorrimer co-hosted the first CEO Roundtable to explore and discuss gender diversity issues in architecture. She reports on the event and the resulting action plan. 

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Reducing the Risk of General Protections Claims

Reducing the Risk of General Protections Claims

20 July 2015

The Fair Work Act 2009 contains a range of general protections available to employees against conduct that is discriminatory, unfair or unlawful. Peta Tumpey and Rae Mozejko, of TressCox Lawyers, set out what the general protections are and what employers can do to avoid claims being made in this jurisdiction.

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2015 Salary Survey

2015 Salary Survey Report and Analysis

17 July 2015

The ACA has released the report on findings of the 2015 National Salary Survey. The outlines the broad trends identified this year and compares these to the results from the previous two years.

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Redundancy obligations

Meeting Your Obligations in Relation to Redundancy

12 May 2015

Peta Tumpey and Katie Simon outline the steps you need to go through as an employer to ensure you meet your obligations in relation to redundancy.

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Champions of Change

Champions of Change

15 April 2015

Sydney-based representatives from top Australian architecture practices have signed up for the first Male Champions of Change program in architecture. Leone Lorrimer reports on the launch event, the initiative, and what it means for Australian architecture. 

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Employment update

Annual Employment & HR Policy Update

7 March 2015

Michael Corrigan provides an employment update and counters myths and misconceptions around HR policies. 

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Successful Leadership Succession

Successful Leadership Succession

7 March 2015

How do you develop a clear, effective process for succession in your practice? Robert Peake outlines the key issues and strategies, and warns of problems you may encounter. 

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A Guide to Managing Performance

A Guide to Managing Performance

6 March 2015

Retaining high performing employees and managing performance have major business benefits. Peta Tumpey and Katie Simon of TressCox Lawyers provide a guide. 

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Construction happiness index

Do We Need a Construction Happiness Index?

4 November 2014

John Held on happiness, mental health and the construction industry.

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Supporting Working Parents

Supporting Working Parents

5 August 2014

What does the recent Human Rights Commission report mean for architectural businesses?  

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2014 Minimum Wage Increase

2014 Minimum Wage Increase

8 June 2014

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3% increase to the minimum wage. Employers needed to increase pay rates to correspond with this in the first pay period on or after 1 July 2013.

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Salary survey report

2014 Salary Survey Findings

8 June 2014

The ACA is pleased to release a report on findings of the first two iterations of the National Salary Survey.

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Building a business

10 Principles for Building an Architectural Business

31 May 2014

How do you build an architectural business? Charles Justin offers 10 principles to guide a practice.  

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Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

13 May 2014

The Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice aim to help Australian architecture move towards a more equitable profession; one that offers opportunity for all and is better positioned to meet contemporary challenges.

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HR Policy Templates

HR Policy Templates

12 May 2014

The ACA is delighted to announce that a set of HR Policy Templates are now available to members.

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Why HR Policy Matters

Why HR Policy Matters

12 May 2014

With the release of the new ACA HR Policy Templates, we outline the benefits of having policy in place for practices of all sizes. 

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A Reminder About Unpaid 'Interns'

A Reminder About Unpaid 'Interns'

22 April 2014

The ACA is concerned to note that some architectural practices are advertising unpaid ‘internship’ positions that appear to be unlawful.

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GUIDE TO HIRING  NEW EMPLOYEES

Guide to Hiring New Employees

31 March 2014

A new guide for small business from the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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Employment update

Employment Update

4 March 2014

Michael Corrigan provide an update on changes to the Fair Work Act and what they mean for architectural practices. 

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Australia's Second Most Overrated Degree?

Australia's Second Most Overrated Degree?

6 February 2014

A response to recent mainstream media reportage claiming that architecture as Australia's second most overrated degree. 

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Superannuation Changes in 2014

Superannuation Changes in 2014

3 February 2014

Cbus provides an update on changes to superannuation requirements in 2014.

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Contractors Employed in an Architect's Office

3 February 2014

A Guide Employment Agreement for Contractors Employed in an Architect’s Office.

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AIA Compensation report

AIA Compensation Report

3 February 2014

The American Institute of Architects' 2013 Compensation Report.

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Fair Work Employer Checklist

2 February 2014

Do you understand all your obligations under the national workplace relations system? 

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Specialist advice

Advice for members

30 January 2014

The ACA assists members with formal and informal advice in a range of areas relating to the business of architecture.

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2014-01-30

ACA WIRE
Unfair Dismissal Statistics

The Fair Work Commission has a new webpage showing the statistics for the “results and outcomes of applications for unfair dismissal remedy made under s.394 of the Fair Work Act 2009”.

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Pay equity

Pay equity

30 January 2014

Equal Pay Day draws attention to the pay disparity between men and women. We list some resources to help you ensure this is not an issue in your practice. 

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2014-01-29

ACA WIRE
Managing Part-Time Architects

Meaningful part-time work in architecture is a key issue for many, but not all practices know how to manage this effectively. Misty Waters has written about tips for employers and for those returning to work, available on Parlour

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Salaries

Salaries

25 January 2014

The international discussion of architecture salaries continues with a number of ongoing projects.

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Internships legal advice

Internships - Legal Advice

12 January 2014

An employer’s legal obligations, rights and responsibilities in relation to students, work experience participants and volunteers.

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Fair Work Changes

Fair Work Changes from January 2014

28 December 2013

Is your practice prepared for the changes to the Fair Work Act from 1 January 2014? 

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Graduate Gender Pay Gap

Graduate Gender Pay Gap

12 December 2013

The graduate gender pay gap in architecture is a complicated matter. John Held and ACA – SA aimed to clarify recent poor reporting.

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Women in Male-Dominated Industries

Women in Male-Dominated Industries: A Toolkit of Strategies

10 December 2013

The Women in Male Dominated Industries Toolkit of Strategies offers a range of ways to recruit, retain and support women.

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Fair Work Information Statement

6 December 2013

Do you give all new employees the Fair Work Information Statement?

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Award Modernisation

Award Modernisation

5 December 2013

Simon Hanger outlines the ACA’s role in the Award Modernisation Process, which led to the Architects Award. 

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Your Business and the New Anti-Bullying Legislation

Your Business and the New Anti-Bullying Legislation

3 December 2013

Michael Corrigan explains the changes to workplace laws on bullying and what you need to know.

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To Work or Not to Work? The Part-time Question

To Work or Not to Work? The Part-time Question

12 November 2013

Melonie Bayl-Smith argues that flexible work arrangements may be the best option for an architectural practice to retain its corporate knowledge and for the profession to retain its talent.

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Changing Employees' Hours of Work

11 October 2013

Managing reducing hours of work to ensure minimum stress and maximum benefit for all.

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Performance reviews

9 September 2013

How do you make performance reviews productive for both the business and the employee?

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Preliminary Observations from the Inaugural Salary Survey

Preliminary Observations from the Inaugural Salary Survey

15 July 2013

The ACA ran its inaugural salary survey in mid-2013. What does it tell us about renumeration in the profession?

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Workplace Bullying

Anti-bullying legislation

10 July 2013

New anti-bullying legislation focusses on how employers respond to allegations of bullying. 

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Internships

Internships Update

10 July 2013

Do internships provide a much-needed foot in the door and an opportunity to learn or are they exploitation? It all depends on the structure and policies in place, and the integrity with which they are supervised.

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Superannuation Changes from 2013

Superannuation Changes from 2013

3 July 2013

Mark Ward of Cbus gives an overview of changes to the Australian superannuation system which took effect at the beginning of the 2013 financial year. 

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Federal minimum wage increase 2013

Federal minimum wage increase 2013

27 June 2013

An update on the 2013 national minimum wage increase.

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Redundancy

10 September 2012

When does redundancy occur and what are your obligations as an employer?

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