ACA Pulse Check No. 3

30 May 2020


A lot has changed since the second ACA Pulse Check was conducted a month ago. The third ACA Pulse Check Survey continues to track what has happened, and increases knowledge of what is needed to ensure a robust future for architectural practices.

Help us to understand what you are facing and the outcomes we need to secure for the profession. We must all plan and advocate for the future before it is too late!  



The ACA’s Pulse Check no. 2, conducted at the end of March, revealed that 89% of respondents had had projects cancelled or put on hold – worth an estimated $5 billion. It also found that 92% of practices hoped the government wage subsidies will enable them to keep people on.

A month on, practices are assessing their circumstances and considering what the pandemic and associated downturn means in the short, medium and long terms. Many have applied for JobKeeper Payments and other government support, some have already re-opened offices, others are investigating extended remote working. All are carefully considering the options. 

The ACA needs to know how practices are faring. We are committed to advocating for stimulus packages that support the breadth and depth of architectural work. We are keen to hear about your experience accessing JobKeeper and other government subsidies, and the impact this has had on staffing decisions. We want to know what your workflow is looking like, how working arrangements are changing and what you have learned from the new world of remote working we were all thrust into.  

Please contribute. The results will inform the Association of Consulting Architects’ ongoing advocacy and the information and advice we provide to members and the wider profession. The survey report will be made available to all, so that other groups and organisations can also draw on this knowledge as they develop their own response. 

Please answer once per practice, or one survey per state for multi-state offices – your answers should be accurate at the time of the survey (31 May–2 June 2020).

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Survey now closes COB Wednesday 3 June.

Whether you are an ACA member or not, please get one person from your practice in each state to complete this survey as soon as possible – the more responses, the better the data.

Thanks for your help as the ACA works to support Australian architectural practices at this difficult time. Stay safe!

John Held
ACA National President