Ventilation and COVID-19

5 July 2021

We’ve been slow to recognise that COVID-19 is airborne and poorly ventilated buildings are hazardous, particularly for vulnerable groups. Geoff Hanmer has been writing about the impacts of indoor air quality since early in the pandemic, and outlines some of his findings here.

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2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects

6 July 2021

Charmaine Kai, ACA member of the Expert Reference Group on the NSCA, provides an update on the key developments.

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New Competencies, Building Reform & Upcoming Projects

14 July 2021

AACA CEO Kathlyn Loseby joins the organisation at an exciting time, with new competency standards to finalise and roll out, automatic mutual recognition on the way, and other new programs in development.

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Work-related Wellbeing Survey

14 July 2021

Improving mental wellbeing in practice is fundamental to the future of the profession. The ACA is proud to support the major research project Architectural Work Cultures: professional identity, education and wellbeing, and encourages all to participate in this important survey on work-related wellbeing.

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Designing Practice

13 July 2021

Emma Williamson’s recent presentation for the ACA’s annual Business of Design lunch in Adelaide took the audience through the strategies she and partner Kieran Wong have used in building and rebuilding their business over the last 25 years.

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St John’s Mental Health First Aid Training

1 August 2021

The WA branch is proud to offer members the opportunity to participate in the St John’s Mental Health First Aid Training at a reduced price.

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Business of Design in SA – A Recap

14 July 2021

On Tuesday 8 June, the ACA – SA Committee was delighted to host its popular annual Business of Design Lunch with guest speaker Emma Williamson from TheFulcrum.Agency. Three attendees offer a recap.

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2021 Rates of Pay

1 July 2021

The 2021 Federal Industrial Awards pay rates for awards relevant to architectural practice are applicable from 1 July 2021. Download the new rates today!

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EOFY Report 20/21

27 June 2021

CEO Angelina Pillai summarises ACA activity and priorities for the last year, outlining our seven strategic objectives and what they mean for members, ACA committees, and the broader profession. 

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Unpaid Pandemic Leave & Annual Leave at Half Pay

30 July 2021

The Fair Work Commission has extended the entitlement to unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave at half pay for many awards to 31 December 2021.

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Casual Employment – An Explainer

6 July 2021

Tom Earls provides detailed analysis of employer obligations relating to casual engagements, and the key steps to take during the transitional window, which has the critical end date of 27 September 2021.

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ACA Exit Meeting Template

13 July 2021

The ACA has produced an Exit Meeting Template to assist employers in collecting pertinent information from employees who are leaving their practice.

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Tech Trends Overview

14 July 2021

The latest Deltek Clarity Industry report explores how architecture and engineering (A&E) firms in Asia Pacific (APAC) are reaching their digital goals, and identifies common barriers to tech adoption.

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NATSPEC’s NSW Class 2 Reference Specification

14 July 2021

NATSPEC has released a new reference specification for Class 2 buildings. The reference specification, which was developed in cooperation with the NSW Government, is a nationally applicable quality control tool that sets out the minimum requirements for Class 2 buildings.

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WA Business of Design Lunch

5 July 2021

The WA Committee have rescheduled their Business of Design Lunch to Friday 20 August 2021 with guest speaker Adrian Fini.

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ACA Resource Sharing System

17 June 2021

The ACA Resource Sharing System (RSS) is a very timely employment initiative designed to assist members in retaining valuable staff by entering into short-term secondment agreements.

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