President’s Comment – February 2024

14 February 2024

ACA National President John Held reflects on the nature of quality in the built environment, from design, documentation, construction and environmental aspects to the quality of the profession itself, from graduates up to senior architects.

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Joint Venture Partnerships in Architecture

19 February 2024

Join ACA WA for an informative online presentation on the merits and pitfalls of Joint Venture partnerships with construction lawyer Isla McRobbie.

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ACA WA Advocacy Prevails

12 February 2024

After several months of committed advocacy and campaigning led by ACA WA Vice-President Kate Fitzgerald, the ACA WA is delighted to share that the once-deferred Medium Density Code has been reintroduced. This will help ensure the supply of well-designed housing in suburbs and infill precincts for the State.

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Pay Points & the Architects Award

29 January 2024

How do graduates and registered architects step between the pay points within the Architects Award? The ACA’s IR advisor Fair Work Lawyers takes us through employer obligations regarding pay for graduates and registered architects.

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Closing Loopholes Legislation – Part 1

1 February 2024

On 14 December 2023, part one of the Federal Government’s Closing Loopholes legislation received royal assent, introducing changes around wage theft, union delegate rights and anti-discrimination laws, as well as bringing in “same job, same pay” regulated labour hire arrangements. Tom Earls from Fair Work Lawyers provides an overview of what is new and what other changes may be on the way.

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Business Continuity and Disaster Planning

22 January 2024

The ACA is delighted to release a new guidance note for members on how to create a Business Continuity and Crisis Management Plan. This note discusses business continuity for practices in the case of the sudden loss of a director as well as disaster planning (for risks such as fire and accidents, system failures and cyberattacks, health crises and pandemics). It covers internal and external communication, project delivery, finance, insurance and succession planning.

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Site Tour – National Rugby Training Centre

14 February 2024

Join the ACA QLD/NT Committee and Blight Rayner Architects on Friday 22 March for a site tour of the National Rugby Training Centre in Herston Brisbane. Don’t miss out. Book now!

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Marketing Trends 2024

13 February 2024

Amy Edwards and the Markedly team have analysed what’s happening in the marketplace and pinpointed the top 10 trends that are leading the way for marketing in 2024. Here we provide a summary and a link to the full report.

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Podcasts for Mental Wellbeing

8 February 2024

Navigating the podcast landscape and finding the gems can be a time-consuming task. Michael Lewarne generously shares his favourite podcasts (with links!), with topics ranging from mental wellbeing to workplace culture and unforgettable one-off episodes.

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The Biggest HR Issues of 2023

5 February 2024

From AI to hybrid work to legislative reform, 2023 was a big year in the world of HR. Merilyn Speiser from Catalina Consultants looks back at the six trends that defined the year from an HR perspective.

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EAP Advice for Managers

12 February 2024

There’s a lot more to an Employee Assistance Program than meets the eye. ACA members who have signed up for our discounted member offer have found a wealth of resources and assistance, including an advice line for managers who need to discuss a tricky workplace issue, help an employee in trouble, or are seeking advice on general workplace stress.

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Exploring the Big Ideas Behind Small Spaces

1 February 2024

The Regional Architecture Association is offering a 15% discount for ACA members for their next event in Mudgee, NSW - MiCRO - exploring the big ideas behind small spaces.

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DBP Audit Findings + 5 Key Australian Standards

17 February 2024

Join the ACA NSW/ACT Committee on Wednesday 6 March for an informative presentation on the findings from the Design & Building Practitioner (DBP) Audit. We will also hear the latest from NATSPEC on how to use and document Australian Standards.

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Gap Filler 24 Training Course

28 June 2023

The ACA, in association with Moss Architectural Learning, is pleased to support the ‘Gap Filler 24’ training course, with a 10% discount on offer for all members. The next course will commence on 6 March 2024

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Strategies for Small Practices

7 February 2024

informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount for ACA members for its next webinar aimed at small practices. Senior Risk Manager Felicity Dixon and Focus Underwriting’s Claims Manager Karen Wong will share insights into the common claims made against small practices and practical risk management strategies. Don’t miss it!

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New competencies and the Architects Award

15 November 2023

On 30 October 2023, the Fair Work Commission approved the ACA’s application to amend the Architects Award to reflect the new National Standard of Competency for Architects. See the detailed explainer from Emma Avey of Fair Work Lawyers and download the updated Architects Award today!

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The Architects Award

30 October 2023

All architectural businesses must understand their obligations under the Architects Award. Here we include a short overview of the award, the ACA’s role in negotiating it, and the assistance we provide to members regarding the Award. Updated Awards are available to all ACA members.

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The ACA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters of Australia.