Compassionate leave

11 June 2024

The legislation around compassionate leave is not black and white in practical implementation. The ACA’s IR advisor Fair Work Lawyers takes us through compassionate leave, outlining employer obligations in relation to this entitlement.

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Working on Country

23 June 2024

The ACA SA Committee is delighted to invite ACA members to a free lunchtime talk on Thursday 11 July at Brickworks during NAIDOC Week. Titled Working on Country, this event will feature three local architects sharing their experiences and knowledge of practical engagement outcomes from recent projects. 

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Unfair contract terms – the what, why and how

3 June 2024

The ACA has launched a valuable new resource to assist members with their understanding of contracts. Mario Dreosti discusses the longstanding challenges of unfair contracts and negotiation, the recent changes to the Unfair Contracts Act, and the genesis of the new ACA discussion paper.

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How to make a meaningful Acknowledgement to Country

21 June 2024

Join us this NAIDOC week for a special presentation by Emma Gibbens and Rhys Paddick from Acknowledge This!, an organisation established to promote cultural understanding and meaningful connection. Rhys and Emma bring their collective experience as an Aboriginal educator and a change strategist to facilitate deep conversations that broaden our perspectives. Book now!

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ACA Advocacy – June Update

13 June 2024

The ACA is actively working to amplify its voice on issues relevant to its members, the business of architecture, and practitioners’ wellbeing. We are intensifying our advocacy initiatives as we continue positioning ourselves as a vital link between the architecture profession and policymakers. 

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Engineered stone prohibition from 1 July 2024

15 May 2024

New engineered stone benchtops, panels and slabs will be prohibited in Australia from 1 July 2024. Commonwealth, State and Territory Work Health and Safety (WHS) Ministers have agreed to a number of key implementation matters, with some adopting six-month transitional periods.

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WA Business of Design Lunch 2024

3 June 2024

The gap between an architect’s perception of their value and the perception of those outside the profession is widening. What tactics and strategies are needed to close this gap? Western Australian Government Architect, Emma Williamson will explore this question at the annual WA Business of Design lunch on Friday 28 June. Early bird pricing available until 9 June. Book now!

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Salary trends and expectations

7 June 2024

As we approach the end of the financial year, employers and employees need to be cognisant of salary trends in an ever-evolving market. Anna Roussos, founder of Adelaide-based recruitment company ROUSSOS, discusses her observations of recent salary fluctuations within the architecture industry.

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Unfair Contract Terms Discussion Paper

3 June 2024

The ACA has launched a valuable new resource to assist members with their understanding of contracts. Written by lawyer, advisor and contracts expert Phillip Greenham, this comprehensive discussion paper covers everything from warranties, errors, variations, resourcing and time frames to novation, dispute resolution, proportionate liability, IP and moral rights.

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Livingstone Studio

12 June 2024

When Kristina Soggee’s long-time employer retired in 2023, it left her at a crossroads. Unwilling to say goodbye to the diverse work, charming location and regional community she loved, she decided to establish her own practice. One year in, Kristina shares some of the challenges, joys and ambitions of her small regional studio. 

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New ARDEX Specification Hub

19 June 2024

Want to save time planning your next project? This new Specification Hub is specially designed to provide architects, consultants and specifiers with 24/7 access to ARDEX technical product literature.

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Effective Conflict Management Workshop

4 June 2024

Are you comfortable navigating conflict on the building site or in the office? Do you have strategies to resolve disputes and come to a cooperative resolution? Handling conflict is not easy, whether it’s a client, a subcontractor or a staff member. The ACA QLD/NT Committee is offering practical assistance with an AMWF lunch and workshop with Clinical Director of North Brisbane Psychologists, Dr Rachel Hannam.

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We’re not award-winning architects (and that’s okay!)

10 June 2024

Building Maytree Studios from the ground up meant delivering really modest projects and finding joy in their execution, even if they were not of a scale or standard to reach awards or publication. Rebecca Caldwell reveals that her practice is not award-winning (yet!), but other measures of success are more meaningful for her clients.

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Fair Work Commission Wage Decision 2024

3 June 2024

On Monday 3 June 2024, the Fair Work Commission handed down the 2024 wage decision, increasing the national minimum wage and base rates of pay in modern awards. Tom Earls from Fair Work Lawyers provides a summary of the decision. The ACA will update relevant Award pay rates as soon as possible.

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ACIF May 2024 Forecasts – Free to ACA members

30 May 2024

The Australian Construction Industry Forum May 2024 Forecasts were launched in late May after an enormous amount of work by the ACIF forecasters, and two meetings of the Construction Forecasting Council to provide guidance and oversight. ACA members have free access to the ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard as a member-only benefit.

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ACA Architects’ Time/Cost Calculator – Version 4

14 May 2024

The new and improved Architects’ Time/Cost Calculator Guide (TCCG) helps businesses effectively manage their projects’ time and costs. The TCCG calculations provide a fundamental knowledge base for practices when developing fee proposals, based in the specifics of their practice. It assists practices of all sizes to assess the time and costs involved in providing an appropriate level of service for a wide range of building types.

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