2017-04-13

Procuring architectural services

Procuring Architectural Services - an Industry Discussion Paper

13 April 2017

The ACA Industry Discussion Paper on Procuring Architectural Services aims to provoke conversation and thought about the role procurement plays in the development of our cities and communities.

 

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2017-04-12

ACIF Forecasts 2017

ACIF Forecasts Launch - May 2017

12 April 2017

ACIF is launching its new ten-year forecasts for building and construction at the ACIF Briefing in Sydney on Thursday 4 May.

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2017-02-17

LEOS

Learning Environment Opportunity Study

17 February 2017

ACA – SA has been working closely with the SA Department of Education and Child Development to introduce a new type of planning study for schools.

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2017-02-16

Kieran Wong

The ACA and the Institute - Distinct but Complementary

16 February 2017

An interview with ACA – WA President Kieran Wong about the ACA and potential collaborations with the Institute of Architects. 

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2017-02-16

Design WA

Design WA Submissions

16 February 2017

ACA – WA has submitted responses to four Design WA documents and policies.

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2016-10-14

DAP changes

ACA - WA Welcomes Changes to the DAP System

14 October 2016

ACA – WA welcomes the announcement of amendments and improvements to the Development Assessment Panel (DAP) process in Western Australia by the Hon Donna Faragher MLC, Minister for Planning; Disability Services.

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2016-10-14

Ensuring Australia's BIM Future

Ensuring Australia's future in BIM

14 October 2016

It's essential that Australia has a consistent approach towards BIM implementation, ensuring its future growth can support international opportunities, argues Rebecca De Cicco.

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2016-10-06

Give SA graduates a chance

Give SA graduates a chance!

6 October 2016

South Australia produces some great architecture graduates. ACA – SA argues that they should also have the chance to design buildings for their universities as they proceed with their careers.  

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2016-09-28

DAP DAC survey report

DAP and DACs in WA - survey report

28 September 2016

The ACA – WA member survey on WA Development Assessment Panel and local authority Design Advisory Committees is providing an important evidence base for advocacy with the Minister for Planning. 

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2016-08-05

DPTI Prequalification survey

ACA - SA: DPTI Prequalification and Contract Changes Survey

5 August 2016

South Australian architects, please take our survey about the SA government prequalification system for consultants, builders and trades.

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2016-07-19

Software costs

A Cautionary Note on Software Cost Structures

19 July 2016

Software costs structures are changing; this could have significant impact on your business’s long-term profitability. ACA – WA outlines the issues.

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2016-06-15

Embracing technological change

Where to From Here: Embracing technological change

15 June 2016

Is architecture on the verge of the greatest change in centuries? Ceilidh Higgins looks to the future and predicts disruption of epic proportions. Part of the ACA's Where to From Here series.

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2016-05-17

2016 Budget Impact Survey Analysis

What Does the 2016 Federal Budget Mean For Architects?

17 May 2016

The 2016 Budget Impact Survey indicates a fairly neutral overall response to the 2016 Federal Budget by architectural practices. The good news is that a over half of respondents are busier than last year, although not all are more profitable. John Held considers the findings. 

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2016-05-16

Budget Impact Survey findings

2016 Budget Impact Survey - Findings

16 May 2016

The results of this year's ACA Federal Budget Impact Survey.

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2015-12-02

Harper review – response

Australian Government Response to the Competition Policy Review

2 December 2015

An update on the Australian Government’s response to the “Harper Review” into competition policy.

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2015-10-22

Going Global

Going Global

22 October 2015

The demand for architectural services in the developing world is continuing to grow. Leone Lorrimer considers how Australian architects can make the most of offshore opportunities, and gives the government some pointers on how to help.

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2015-07-21

Investing in Cities

Investing in Cities

21 July 2015

A new report from ASBEC – Investing in Cities – calls for action by at all levels of government “to increase the productivity, prosperity and liveability of Australia’s cities”. 

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2015-05-23

2015 budget survey findings

Findings - 2015 Federal Budget Impact Survey

23 May 2015

The ACA’s 2015 Federal Budget Impact Survey sought to better understand what the budget means for architectural practices and the profession. 

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2015-05-23

2015 Budget Survey Analysis

What does the 2015 Federal Budget mean for architecture?

23 May 2015

The message from the 2015 Federal Budget Impact Survey is clear – some short-term gains for some, but few long terms benefits.

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2015-05-12

ATO Benchmarks

12 May 2015

The ATO has released its 2015 performance benchmarks for architecture. 

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2015-04-13

PPP

Public Private Partnerships For Procurement

13 April 2015

PPP projects do not always deliver all that is claimed – and architects rarely benefit. Ann Gorey reflects on the perceived advantages, claimed benefits and actual costs of this common procurement method.  

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2015-04-12

Authority and expertise

The Gap Between Authority and Expertise - BIM and Government Procurement

12 April 2015

John Held reflects on the importance of the educated government client and architects who have a sophisticated understanding of the client organisation.

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2015-04-12

10 Principles for Procuring Better Outcomes

Ten Principles for Procuring Better Outcomes

12 April 2015

The RIBA has released guidelines to explain how client organisations can get the best possible outcomes when they procure architectural services.

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2015-04-11

BIM demystified

The Devil is in the Data - BIM demystified!

11 April 2015

Let's talk about BIM... Join ACA – Qld/NT for lunch and a presentantion on BIM and what it means for your practice.

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2015-04-11

Harper Review

Harper Review

11 April 2015

Mario Dreosti outlines the sections of the Competition Policy Review that are of immediate relevance to the profession.

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2015-03-11

More for Less

More for Less

11 March 2015

A new report from Consult Australia argues that there are many opportunities for better and more efficient procurement of professional services on government projects. 

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2015-03-06

BIM and Insurance

BIM and Insurance

6 March 2015

What are the insurance implications of BIM for architects? Alex Conlon of BJS Insurance Brokers considers the issues in this emerging field.

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2015-02-10

Professional Services Subcontract

Professional Services Subcontract

10 February 2015

A new Professional Services Subcontract is available for members to use when a back-to-back agreement is required with the Lead Consultant.

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2015-02-10

SA Procurement

Improving Government Procurement in South Australia

10 February 2015

ACA – SA is on the front foot with changes in government procurement – a report on the recent DPTI priorities survey.

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2015-02-03

The Year of Procurement

2015 - The Year of Procurement

3 February 2015

Steve Kennedy announces the ACA Year of Procurement, and argues for the value of enjoying what we do. 

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2014-12-15

Is Everyone Experiencing This?

Is Everyone Experiencing This Right Now?

15 December 2014

Design fees, scope creep, government projects: Alexandra Howieson reflects on the state of the nation.

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2014-11-10

Procurement reform

Procurement Reform

10 November 2014

Finally there is some movement on procurement reform in NSW. Steve Kennedy provides an update. 

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2014-11-10

What makes a City

What Makes a City?

10 November 2014

The Hon Dominic Perrottet MP, NSW Minister for Finance and Services, launched the Sydney Architecture Festival with an impressive speech about the role of architects in the making of innovative cities.  

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2014-11-04

To BIM or not to BIM?

To BIM or not to BIM? What a Question!

4 November 2014

How might the industry encourage clients to take up BIM?

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2014-10-15

Presenting to Govt

Presenting to Government

15 October 2014

How architects present in government contexts can have a large impact on their chances of getting the job, or gaining support for a project. Jill Garner, Victorian Associate Government Architect, offers some tips. 

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2014-10-08

Architects and Quantity Surveyors

Architects & Quantity Surveyors Event Report

8 October 2014

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2014-10-08

Professions and Business Study

Professions and Business Study

8 October 2014

The ACA is delighted to be the first architecture industry association to participate in the Annual Professions and Business Study conducted by Beaton Research + Consulting. 

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2014-10-07

Infrastructure Q

Infrastructure Q

7 October 2014

The Infrastructure Q Directions Statement from the Queensland Government.

 

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2014-09-14

No more best and final offer

No More 'Best and Final Offer' in Qld!

14 September 2014

The Queensland Government has removed ‘Best and Final Offer’ processes from all tendering procedures. 

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2014-09-02

Fixed fee scale

New Fixed Fee Scale from Victoria's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

2 September 2014

Good news on architects fees from Victoria.

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ACA WIRE
The Technology Paradox

“For architects, technology isn’t about productivity. Keeping up with technology is a way for firms stay competitive in the marketplace.”

Interesting article by Daniel Davis on The Architect, which argues that standard measures of productivity are not very helpful when considering architectural work and output. Instead Davis suggests that “we should reconsider what it means to be productive in the construction industry as well as the benefits that technology affords our practices, our clients, and society as a whole”.

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2014-08-21

Design – does it need a policy?

Design - Does it need a Policy?

21 August 2014

How do we ensure the community reaps the benefits of a well-designed built environment? Peter Barda considers what types of policy might be effective. 

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2014-07-28

Unfair contract terms

Unfair Contracts Consultation Submission

28 July 2014

The ACA’s submission to the Treasury consultation on Extending Unfair Contract Term Protections To Small Businesses. 

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2014-07-17

Public infrastructure

Public Infrastructure Report

17 July 2014

The ACA welcomes the release of the final inquiry report of the Productivity Commission into Public Infrastructure.

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2014-07-07

Improving Productivity

Improving Productivity in Construction

7 July 2014

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2014-05-23

Survey findings

Findings of the 2014 Federal Budget Impact Survey

23 May 2014

An overview of the results. 

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2014-05-23

Budget survey analysis

The Canary Sings - Architectural Practices Concerned About the 2014 Federal Budget

23 May 2014

What does the federal budget mean for practices, the profession and society? 

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2014-05-14

Federal budget

2014 Federal Budget

14 May 2014

What does the 2014 Federal Budget mean for the business of architecture? We provide initial key points and a roundup of coverage so far.

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2014-05-13

Design and Construction for a Sustainable Industry

Design and Construction for a Sustainable Industry

13 May 2014

The new ACIF policy on Design and Construction for a Sustainable Industry was led by ACA – SA President John Held.

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2014-05-13

Lawyer, financiers, architects report

Lawyers, Financiers, Architects

13 May 2014

How can financiers, architects and lawyers find better and fairer ways of working together? Ian Hore reports on a recent ACA – SA round table discussion.

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2014-05-13

ACIF Forecasts

New ACIF Forecasts - ACA Member Discounts

13 May 2014

ACA members are offered a 25% discount on subscriptions to the new ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard. 

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2014-03-30

OHS scheme review

Government Review of the OHS Accreditation Scheme

30 March 2014

A discussion paper and the terms of reference for the review of the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme are now available.

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2014-03-25

Unions Royal Commission

Unions Royal Commission

25 March 2014

The terms of reference have been released for the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

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2014-02-12

Insurance in Australia

Insurance - an overview

12 February 2014

What is the current situation for insurance? Damian Harrison overviews the PI insurance landscape as it pertains to architecture.

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ACA WIRE
6 Qualities That Make Architects Ideally Suited to Lead Collaborative Integrated Teams

An essay by Randy Deutsch that argues that architects need to rethink and redefine their role if the profession is to survive. 

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2014-02-02

Workforce Diversity Industry Snapshot

Workforce Diversity Industry Snapshot

2 February 2014

Consult Australia has released its 2013 Workforce Diversity Industry Snapshot. 

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2014-01-29

ACA WIRE
What do Architects do in a Financial Crisis?

The Autumn 2013 issue of Architect Victoria canvases the question.

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2013-12-09

RBA Chart Pack

RBA Chart Pack

9 December 2013

The RBA Chart Pack includes material of interest to architecture and construction.

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2013-12-09

National Infrastructure Plan

National Infrastructure Plan

9 December 2013

Infrastructure Australia has released the National Infrastructure Plan, a report to the Council of Australian Governments.

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2013-12-09

Productivity Commission Study of Major Project

Study of Major Project Development Assessment Processes

9 December 2013

The Productivity Commission has released the report from its study of major project development assessment processes. 

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2013-12-09

New deal for Urban AU

A New Deal for Urban Australia

9 December 2013

The Urban Coalition report argues that significant investment is needed in Australia’s cities. 

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2013-12-04

ACIF Forecasts in Practice B

ACIF Forecasts in Practice

4 December 2013

John Held reflects on how the ACIF Forecasts are used at Russell and Yelland.

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2013-12-04

ACIF Forecasts

ACIF Forecasts

4 December 2013

Where is the construction industry heading? Peter Barda outlines November ACIF Forecasts findings. 

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2013-11-13

Government as smart client

Government as Smart Client & Procurement Case Studies

13 November 2013

An excellent guide to procurement from the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.

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2013-09-10

State of Australian Cities 2013

State of Australian Cities

10 September 2013

The federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has released its fourth State of Australian Cities report.

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2013-09-04

IT Pricing & the  Australia Tax

A Report into IT Pricing

4 September 2013

Why are IT products more expensive in Australia and what is being done about it?

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