ACA – NSW/ACT has had a strong focus on advocacy in recent years, joining with other industry groups and professional bodies to lobby government for building reforms and better regulations. The branch’s event calendar often supports these advocacy efforts, with key industry figures providing updates to the ACA community.

Find out more about what is coming up and what topics we have covered at past events via the links below. We hope to see you at an ACA event soon – either online or in person.


Duty of Care under the Design and Building Practitioners Act NSW

8 April 2024

Join the ACA NSW/ACT Committee on Wednesday 1 May 2024 for an insightful presentation by Sharon Levy from Bartier Perry Lawyers. discussing the statutory duty of care under the Design and Building Practicioners Act NSW (2020). Don’t miss this opportunity to stay informed.

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Window Selection for 7-Star Homes

27 February 2024

Join the ACA NSW/ACT Committee on Wednesday 27 March for an insightful presentation by AGWA Limited, exploring the intricate details of optimising window selection for 7-star homes.

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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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NSW/ACT Branch Update – December 2023

6 December 2023

The NSW/ACT branch committee has continued working hard in 2023 to deliver informative CPD presentations as well as useful resources to the membership. Mental wellbeing, university engagement, reconciliation and regional practice have also been a strong focus.

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2023 NSW/ACT Practice Management Prize

11 October 2023

The NSW/ACT Committee was proud to present three Architecture students from the University of Western Sydney with a prize for outstanding work in units related to Practice Management.

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Practice Leadership recap

27 September 2023

Last month, Michael Lewarne from Unmeasured delivered an informative face-to-face presentation about mindful leadership and its impacts in practice for an enthusiastic Sydney audience. Jennifer Crawford provides a recap.

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Security of Payment online event

20 September 2023

Architects are exposed to contractual and statutory risks on every building project in both the residential and commercial sphere. Please join the ACA NSW/ACT branch committee and Rob Kalde from Bartier Perry for an informative online morning presentation on Security of Payment legislation. FREE for everyone!

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NSW/ACT Member Benefit – Tools for Architects

31 August 2023

The NSW/ACT Committee is delighted to announce a new member benefit, a discounted rate on the newly developed Tools™ app, which summarises the NCC into simple, interactive graphics, helping architects specify how to build properly, save time and avoid mistakes and rework.

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Practice Leadership – Sharing the load

18 January 2024

As a leader in your practice, would you like to be more productive, more innovative and less stressed? Would you like to have more engaged and happier staff, and be more agile and adaptable in practice? Watch this recorded CPD event delivered by Michael Lewarne from Unmeasured for an informative presentation about mindful leadership and its impacts in practice. Hosted by ACA NSW/ACT. Originally held 14 September 2023.

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Vale Ron Edgar

24 July 2023

Ron Edgar was a long-term and valued member of the ACA, including as a member of the NSW Committee and a period as treasurer. Former NSW/ACT President Steve Kennedy and Ingrid Pearson FRAIA reflect on the life and work of Ron Edgar, who recently passed away.

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Sydney recap – The engine of growth

3 July 2023

The ACA was delighted to host the first Business of Small Practice (BoSP) event in Sydney last month, featuring keynote speaker Warwick Mihaly and a fantastic panel who generously shared their experiences and advice. Jennifer Crawford provides a recap.

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NSW/ACT Update – June 2023

28 June 2023

It’s been a busy six months for the NSW/ACT branch committee, who have been working hard to deliver informative and relevant CPD presentations and networking opportunities as well as discounted webinars and resources, and advocacy for its members. A recent highlight was the first Business of Small Practice (BoSP) event in Sydney.

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NCC Changes Webinar

18 May 2023

Watch this CPD on demand for a comprehensive overview of the upcoming changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) that came into effect on 1 May 2023. Expert speakers include Luke Sheehy from Design Confidence Sydney and Senior Fire Engineer Usama Masood.

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Sydney BoSP – Growth in Small Practice

9 May 2023

Join the ACA NSW/ACT committee, Warwick Mihaly from Mihaly Slocombe and a fantastic panel of speakers for Sydney’s first Business of Small Practice event on 15 June. Book now!

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NSW Design & Building Practitioners Act – An Update

29 March 2023

The NSW/ACT branch is pleased to present David Bannerman, Principal of Bannermans Lawyers, for a CPD webinar on the NSW Design and Building Practitioners Act, including recent changes and compliance.

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Practicing on Country CPD Course

22 March 2023

The Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney is offering a 20% discount for ACA members for its Practicing on Country CPD course, an online, self-paced 1.5 hour learning module.

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NSW/ACT 2022 Update

8 December 2022

It’s been another busy and challenging year for all in the architectural community. The NSW/ACT Branch Committee has continued working hard to deliver informative CPD presentations and networking opportunities as well as useful resources to the membership.

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NSW/ACT Practice Management Prize Winners

24 November 2022

The NSW/ACT Committee is proud to present two students in the Architecture course at the University of Western Sydney with a prize for outstanding work in units related to Practice Management.

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Canberra Half-Yearly CPD Event Recap

10 August 2022

Stephen Pearse provides a recap of the ACA’s recent six-monthly catch-up and CPD event in Canberra. It was an excellent evening for all, with informative presentations and a chance to learn, earn CPD and meet up.

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Members Hitting Milestones in NSW/ACT

6 November 2021

Our NSW/ACT branch is celebrating 24 member practices who have been with the ACA for 25 years or more! This special group have been with us almost since the beginning and have witnessed dramatic change in both the profession and in our Association.

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The Three Pillars of Wellbeing

30 September 2021

BVN’s Head of People & Character Brian Clohessy describes the practice’s wellbeing initiatives, including inhouse Working Cultural Groups, which focus on the three pillars of physical, social and mental wellbeing.

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NSW Digitalisation of Construction Report

9 September 2021

The Industry Report on Digitalisation of Design and Construction of Class 2 Buildings in New South Wales was launched in late August, after extensive research conducted by the University of Western Sydney’s Centre for Smart Modern Construction.

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NSW D&BP Act, part 3 – Consequences of the Act

8 August 2021

The third of a five-part CPD series on the NSW Design & Building Practitioners Act (DBP Act) features an information session by Paul Viney on the consequences of the Act in relation to regulated design requirements and the provision of architectural services.

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NSW D&BP Act, part 4 – Insurance Implications

6 August 2021

Number four in a five-part CPD series on the NSW Design & Building Practitioners Act (DBP Act) features Simon Gray and Carina Bogaard from Planned Cover discussing the insurance implications of the bill.

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Welcome NSW/ACT Committee Members

9 March 2021

The ACA – NSW/ACT Committee is delighted to welcome four new elected committee members (from top left, clockwise): Jennifer Crawford, Ivana Simkovic, Justine Money and Fabricio Siqueira.

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JobKeeper, HomeBuilder & going solo

3 August 2020

Jennifer Crawford highlights the eligibility issues of JobKeeper and HomeBuilder, and describes her recent move back to the life of a sole practitioner.

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Investment in Digital Design

20 April 2020

Existing investment in new digital platforms has meant that dwp|design worldwide partnership was well placed to switch to working mode when the COVID-19 crisis arose.

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New Challenges & Modes of Working

8 April 2020

Hayball has explored varied modes of working and learning over many years, but the rapid shift to remote, distributed workplaces in the era of COVID-19 is a new challenge.

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Building on Existing Flex Systems

5 April 2020

For BVN, the transition to all staff working from home has been ‘seamless’. The ease of the move is an outcome of already having robust flex systems in place, a commitment to open honest communication, and a focus on health and wellbeing.

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Aileen Sage Architects

7 August 2019

For Sydney-based Aileen Sage, early collaborations with artists, academics, innovators, larger architectural practices and other consultants have opened up a diversity of projects and opportunities.

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The Mill: Architecture + Design

12 September 2018

Learning when to say no to the wrong client, the wrong project or the wrong situation in general has been valuable for Shannon Battisson of The Mill in Canberra.

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