ACA Business Toolbox

The ACA Business Toolbox provides members with the essential resources to effectively operate their businesses. This suite of member-only tools, contracts and model documents supports architectural practices in business matters and employment responsibilities.

2024-01-22

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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2023-11-01

ACA Secondment Agreement

1 November 2023

The ACA is delighted to launch two documents to assist members with Secondment Agreements. These include a Secondment Agreement for use between two practices; and a Secondment Letter for use between the Secondee and their Employer. Available for ACA members to download today!

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2023-12-13

ACA Short Form Architect Consultant Agreement

13 December 2023

The ACA has developed the new Short Form Architect Consultant Agreement to facilitate a straightforward, uncomplicated legal engagement between an architectural practice (the Principal) and a consultant / contractor (the Consultant), in the form of an independent contract for services. Download the Agreement today!

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2023-03-20

Human Resources Advisory

20 March 2023

ACA member practices are eligible for a 15-minute consultation each year with Catalina Consultants on a range of matters related to people management and workplace culture.

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2022-12-05

Employment Agreement Templates – User Guide

5 December 2022

This User Guide is a companion to the new ACA Employment Agreement Templates, offering advice on how to best use these templates within practice. Topics include pay rates, allowances, amending Schedule A, amending the contract, adding a position description and re-issuing contracts to existing employees.

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2022-12-05

Updated Employment Agreement Templates

5 December 2022

The ACA is delighted to release an updated version of the Employment Agreement templates to support members. This follows a plain language review of our template employment contracts with Fair Work Lawyers to ensure they are user friendly as well as legally compliant. Download today!

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2022-08-04

Pandemic Delays & Supply Chain Cost Increases

4 August 2022

The member-only special conditions available for download are designed to be incorporated into Schedule 2a of ABIC contracts. They deal with construction delays resulting from the COVID pandemic, and increases in the costs of certain building materials.

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2022-02-16

COVID-19 Management Guidelines

16 February 2022

Comprehensive and written in plain English, the COVID-19 Management Guidelines can be readily tailored to suit the needs of specific practices.

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2021-07-13

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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2023-03-22

Business Advisory

22 March 2023

ACA members have access to financial and business management support through an advisory service from Management for Design.

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2023-03-22

Industrial Relations Advisory

22 March 2023

ACA member practices can access a 15-minute consultation with Fair Work Lawyers on employment matters and industrial relations issues.

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2023-03-22

Legal Advisory

22 March 2023

ACA members have the opportunity to access 20 minutes of legal advice from one of the senior members of the Moray & Agnew team.

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2023-05-05

HR Policy Templates 2023

5 May 2023

The ACA is delighted to release an updated and expanded suite of HR Policy Templates to support our members. Comprehensive and written in plain English by our HR advisors Catalina Consultants, the documents can be readily tailored to suit the needs of specific practices.

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2020-05-13

Architects’ Time/Cost Calculator

13 May 2020

The ACA Architects' Time/Cost Calculator Version 3 helps practices assess the time and costs involved in providing an appropriate level of service for a broad range of building types.

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2020-04-02

Force Majeure Special Conditions

2 April 2020

Special conditions for the ABIC SW and ABIC MW contracts introduce the concept of Force Majeure. These special conditions were updated and reissued in early July 2022.

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2023-08-30

ACA Salary Calculator

30 August 2023

The ACA Salary Calculator provides architectural practices with a clear methodology for determining the appropriate award-compliant salaries. The calculator assists members to ensure they are operating legally and fairly, and helps practices to develop properly informed plans for the future of their business.

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2019-05-06

Special Conditions for ABIC BW 2018 C

6 May 2019

Special conditions allow the ABIC Commercial Basic Works Contract to be adapted for use on small residential projects in New South Wales.

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2023-12-14

Short Form Client Architect Agreement

14 December 2023

Just three pages and a cover letter, the ACA Short Form Client Architect Agreement is a fair and balanced model contract for use on small- to medium-sized projects. Updated December 2023.

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2017-11-12

Guide Agreements – Individual Flexible Arrangements

12 November 2017

The ACA Guide IFA Agreement provides member practices with a guide document to review and adjust to suit their particular practice.

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2017-11-12

Guide Agreements – time off in lieu and cashing out leave

12 November 2017

The ACA provides new Guide Agreements to assist members meet their obligations under recent changes to the Architects Award.

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2023-03-30

Safe Design Proformas

30 March 2023

The ACA's Safe Design Proformas help architects to meet their obligations under the Model Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and state-specific regulations.

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2016-08-13

Roof Access Checklist

13 August 2016

ACA - SA has developed a model checklist for roof access on site inspections.

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2023-12-13

Professional Services Subcontract

13 December 2023

The Professional Services Subcontract (updated December 2023) is available for members to use when a back-to-back agreement is required with the Lead Consultant.

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