ACA – Vic/Tas leads the ACA’s work on industrial relations and the development of member-only tools. A growing event program helps keep members informed and connected.


Architectural Accounting & Administration Group

8 March 2023

The AAAG (Architectural Accounting and Administration Group) has been in place in Melbourne for over 20 years. In mid-2020 the AAAG and ACA came together to further strengthen ties between practices and the ACA across the Business of Architecture.

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Melbourne Panel Discussion – Succession Planning

10 July 2024

Succession planning is critical for the longevity and sustainability of architecture practices and it’s essential to plan well in advance. Join the ACA and our panel of financial experts on 19 July for an interactive face-to-face discussion on succession planning, from tax, funding, valuations and buy-sell agreements to ownerships structures, director pathways and timing. Free for ACA members.

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AMWF Melbourne wellbeing talk with Wayne Schwass

9 July 2024

The ACA is proud to present wellbeing advocate and former professional sportsman Wayne Schwass for a free interactive discussion about wellbeing and connection. Join us at Brickworks on 1 August for an evening of stories and conversation. Leave with tools and strategies to have authentic conversations with staff, family and friends on mental, emotional and physical wellbeing to help you and others thrive. An opportunity not to be missed. Book now!

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Employee share ownership planning demystified

24 May 2024

Employee ownership is an increasingly popular business structure for practices seeking sustainable growth and stability, increased employee engagement, and a sound succession planning strategy. But how does it work from a legal and financial perspective? View this popular webinar for an informative session presented by Marque Lawyers Senior Associate Georgia McGrath and Altus Financial Director Marc Walsh. Originally held 23 May 2024.

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Financial literacy for practice success

15 April 2024

The ACA and Management for Design (M4D) are offering an exclusive half-day workshop on business financial management on Wednesday 1 May in Melbourne. Help fill gaps in your financial understanding and elevate your business skills. 3 CPD points. Don’t miss this opportunity.

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How to Achieve Sustainable Growth in Practice

6 March 2024

Many business owners struggle to realise the full potential of their business in terms of enhancing its value. Join ACA Vic/Tas and Chris Dionne from Stellar Business Consulting on 27 March for an insightful lunch presentation at Macquarie Bank on how to grow, fund or exit your business. Numbers are limited, so get in quick to secure your place. 

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Vic/Tas Branch Update – December 2023

10 December 2023

The Vic/Tas branch has had a rewarding year of advocacy and events, and continues to lead the ongoing work of the industrial relations sub-committee and development of the ACA business toolbox. Here’s a snapshot of priorities, activity and action in 2023!

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Procurement, Quality & Urban Equity

9 November 2023

The ACA is pleased to support the second event in the Building Reform Series by the Melbourne School of Design, which will explore the critical impact of procurement in the building industry. This free two-hour event will include a thought-provoking panel discussion and Q&A with key industry stakeholders. Book now!

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AAAG End-of-Year Lunch

2 November 2023

The Melbourne-based Architectural Administration & Accounting Group (AAAG) is having its last meeting of the year and an end-of-year lunch at Foreground Architecture in Carlton on 9 November. Newcomers welcome!

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Vic/Tas Drinks on the Tower Deck

1 November 2023

After a busy year of advocacy and special projects, we’re already coming up to the end of the year. The ACA Victoria/Tasmania Branch Committee is celebrating with Christmas drinks from 5pm Thursday 30 November. ACA members and their teams can enjoy refreshments and city views from high up on the deck at the Macquarie Building on Collins Street, Melbourne.

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ACA NEC Update – Hobart 2023

24 August 2023

The ACA team was delighted to head to Hobart recently for a two-day strategic meeting followed by a series of meetings with leaders in the Tasmanian architectural community and a member lunch. A highlight of the trip was an informative and very moving presentation on The Voice by Rodney Dillon of the PM’s First Nations Referendum Working Group.

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Hobart event with Rodney Dillon

9 August 2023

The ACA is delighted to host a free lunch event in Hobart on 14 August featuring Rodney Dillon, Palawa Elder and Chair of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Heritage Council, who will present on the Voice to Parliament. Also in attendance will be the ACA CEO, Presidents and team from around the country, who look forward to catching up with Tasmanian members and others in the built environment.

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Victorian Building Reform Forum recap

2 August 2023

The ACA VIC/TAS branch committee was delighted to work with the University of Melbourne to host the recent event, Victoria’s Future Cities, Suburbs and Building Reforms, held at the Melbourne School of Design on 20 July. The event was well-attended and raised important issues regarding the need for urgent building reform in Victoria.

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Victoria’s Future Cities, Suburbs and Building Reforms

10 July 2023

The ACA VIC/TAS branch committee has been working closely with Melbourne University on an upcoming panel discussion event on 20 July on the future of Victoria’s cities, suburbs and building reforms.

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VIC/TAS Update – June 2023

28 June 2023

The VIC/TAS Committee leads the ACA’s work on IR and Award-related activities as well as playing a key role in developing the member-only tools and resources. The following update features the latest in IR and resources, as well as advocacy and upcoming events.

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Fees & the Time Cost Calculator Guide

27 February 2023

View this ACA webinar to hear practitioners discuss fees, costs and how the Time Cost Calculator Guide can help as an instrument to contribute to fee proposals and negotiations, and cost control. Learn hints and tips from panellists representing different sized practices. Free for ACA members!

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VIC/TAS Update 2022

6 December 2022

A busy year of advocacy, resource development and online events for the VIC/TAS Committee was celebrated in style with end-of-year drinks and amazing views from high up on the deck at the Macquarie Building.

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Mid-Year Catch-up in Melbourne

16 September 2022

The ACA – VIC/TAS Branch Committee was delighted to host a special members event on 29 August. The ACA committee, partners, industry figures and ACA members joined CEO Angelina Pillai and National President John Held for drinks and light refreshments, and to hear our plans for the months ahead.

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Advocacy Update re ARBV

12 September 2022

The ACA VIC/TAS branch is pleased to inform its members that the proposed changes to the Architects Registration Board of Victoria, to reduce the number of members and remove the requirement for any member to be a registered architect, have been averted for now.

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Melbourne Mid-Year Drinks

22 August 2022

Join the VIC/TAS branch committee for drinks and light refreshments on Monday 29 August. Hear our plans for the months ahead, and meet the ACA team, industry guests, fellow members and peers.

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Joint Statement on ARBV

11 July 2022

The VIC/TAS branch of the ACA has made a joint statement with the Victorian chapter of the Institute in response to proposed changes to the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV), stating that consumer protection is under threat.

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Vale Gary Edwards

9 February 2022

The ACA sadly advises that longtime VIC/TAS Committee member and dear friend Gary Edwards OAM passed away on 13 January 2022. He will be sorely missed.

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Communication & Quality IT

28 January 2022

Silver Thomas Hanley Business Manager and ACA VIC/TAS Committee member Matthew Tence says good communication and significant IT investment have helped navigate and overcome the challenges of the last two years.

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VIC/TAS 2021 – Industry engagement, advocacy, IR & mental wellbeing

9 December 2021

This year, the VIC/TAS Committee concentrated on advocacy to government, industry engagement, mental wellbeing and re-energising our support for Tasmanian members.

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Vic/Tas End of Year Get Together

11 November 2021

Save the date for an end of year get together with the Vic/Tas committee, ACA members and guests at The Leveson’s outdoor courtyard in North Melbourne on Tuesday 30 November.

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Innovation Day & Being Prepared

15 September 2021

AMWF Vic/Tas member Kirby Roper reflects on the stresses of regular snap lockdowns and ways of maintaining wellbeing in practice, including the establishment of Innovation Day and being prepared for future disruptions.

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VIC/TAS – Advocacy, Business Toolbox & AMWF

25 June 2021

The VIC/TAS Committee has prioritised government advocacy, presentations of the ACA Business Toolbox and further development of tools for members in the first half of 2021.

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Kirby Architects

1 February 2021

The pandemic demanded rapid adaptation for Kirby Architects, but the experience was also empowering, revealing the possibilities of positive change and bringing the team closer and more determined to do great work.

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New Victorian Ban for Combustible Materials

31 January 2021

From 1 February, Victoria will have much stricter prohibitions on ACPs containing polyethylene and expanded polystyrene, writes lawyer and risk manager Wendy Poulton.

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VIC/TAS Update 2020

7 December 2020

The VIC/TAS branch looks back on a challenging but productive year, when member resources, industrial relations and advocacy were at the forefront.

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VicPulse Findings

7 September 2020

The ACA – Vic/Tas has released the results of the first VicPulse survey. Top level findings reveal worrying levels of work cancelled or on hold. On the other hand, the survey responses are quite positive in terms of wellbeing and many practices have been able to keep staff on due to the support of JobKeeper.

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ACA - VIC/TAS News - August 2020

25 August 2020

As Victoria hits the halfway mark of Lockdown 2.0, we provide an update of recent activity in the Vic/Tas branch, with the VicPulse survey (still open), the new Mental Wellbeing Forum and a VBA Update of COVID-19 Guidelines.

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Stage 3 and 4 Restrictions in Victoria

11 August 2020

One week into Stage 4 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions in Melbourne and Stage 3 restrictions in regional Victoria, key information and resources for individuals and business continues to be rolled out. The following is a summary of useful information and links.

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COVID-19 Building Industry Guidelines for Victoria

23 July 2020

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has issued an update of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines for the Victorian building and construction industry, incorporating recent changes to restrictions and government subsidies.

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Investment Needed in Civic Projects & Social Housing

15 July 2020

ACA - Vic/Tas President and FFPV Director Paul Viney reflects on his experiences with past and present economic downturns, the need for more government investment in civic projects and social housing, and the challenges of COVID-19 and remote working.

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VIC/TAS Branch Update - May 2020

29 May 2020

The VIC/TAS Committee has been extremely busy this year with the Industrial Relations Committee's work and several timely new additions to the ACA Business Toolbox.

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COVID-19 Guidelines for the Victorian Building and Construction Industry

29 April 2020

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has released the latest version of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines for the building and construction industry in Victoria.

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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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ACA - Vic/Tas Christmas Drinks

2 December 2019

Raise a glass with the Vic/Tas committee and celebrate with end-of-year drinks in Melbourne on Tuesday 10 December.

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Vic/Tas Update - Business Toolbox, IR & Events

2 December 2019

The ACA – Vic/Tas Committee have had a busy year of advocacy, events and business tool development, with plenty more to come in 2020.

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Kosloff Architecture

1 October 2019

For Melbourne-based Kosloff Architecture, building a positive, healthy practice culture is a key priority, and achieving B Corp status an important step in the evolution of the practice.

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Business Toolbox Update & Events in Vic/Tas

2 September 2019

The Vic/Tas committee talks events, ARBV nominations and the business toolbox.

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Birrelli art+design+architecture

2 August 2019

As Birrelli celebrates its 25th year in business, Launceston-based architect and former ACA State President Jack Birrell reflects on the challenges and joys of practice on a remote island.

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Victorian Government Leadership on Cladding

17 July 2019

The release of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce Final Report and associated program of work is welcomed by the ACA, but the Federal Government must also take action to ensure a unified national approach.

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Winter Architecture

4 May 2019

For emerging practice Winter Architecture, location is no obstacle to team collaboration, with employees located around Australia. Here, Director Jean Graham describes the practice’s origins, ambitions and determination to remain flexible, agile and openminded.

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VIC/TAS February Update

7 February 2019

Matthew Tence provides an update on ACA - VIC/TAS plans for the year.

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ACA - Vic/Tas August Update

14 August 2018

The ACA - Vic/Tas branch has had a busy few months, with elections, a business toolbox seminar and ongoing feedback on the Victorian Schools Capital Works program.

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Bryant Alsop Architects

13 August 2018

For Bryant Alsop, success comes from building strong relationships - with consultants, builders and suppliers as well as valued employees.

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