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!

This CPD webinar was held on 30 November 2022.


The ACA’s Architect’s Time Cost Calculator Guide (TCCG) is a vital tool to help practices assess the time and costs involved in providing an appropriate level of service for a broad range of building types. The Calculator provides a fundamental knowledge base for practices when developing fee proposals and when entering fee negotiations. It can be used by practices of all sizes for a wide range of building types and accommodates a range of service levels and procurement types with the latest version including placing a value on risk and innovation.

Paul Viney, the developer of the ACA Time Cost Calculator Guide, walks us through how to use the tool and explains how it can provide evidence to support sustainable fee levels for your practice, with the additional benefit of benchmarking practice overheads for similar sized firms. Paul is joined by Sarah Bennett of Six Degrees and Kate Fitzgerald of Whispering Smith, who share their own experiences and considerations for fee proposals and negotiations. See Speaker bios below.

*Please note that access to the ACA Time Cost Calculator Guide Tool is only available to ACA Members.


  • Paul Viney
  • Sarah Bennett
  • Kate Fitzgerald

Paul Viney

Paul Viney is the President of the VIC/TAS Committee and National Vice-President of the ACA. Through the VIC/TAS branch, Paul has led the development of a range of tools for the use of ACA members nationwide, such as the Time Cost Calculator and Salary Calculator to assist members in running effective, efficient and profitable practices. He is committed to facilitating stronger relationships with government and other key organisations in the construction industry; and working collaboratively with bodies such as the Australian Institute of Architects and ArchiTeam to achieve the best outcome for the profession. Paul has a special interest in the social conscience of architecture. Paul is Director of FPPV Architecture, Melbourne, Director of JAI Architecture, Thailand, and Director of Coop Himmelb(l)au Australia.

Sarah Bennett

Sarah is a Director of Six Degrees, with a focus on Finance and Business strategy. This year Sarah also joined the committee of management of the ACA VIC/TAS branch. Holding a degree in Public Relations, Sarah previously worked as a publicist for various agencies and clients, including The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Heide Museum of Modern Art, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. While the arts held long appeal, the business of architecture is where Sarah feels at home. Her drive comes from supporting her peers every day to make the Melbourne she loves a more sustainable, respectful and bold place to be, with spaces and opportunities created for people to thrive.

Kate Fitzgerald

Kate is the founder of Whispering Smith (WS), a ‘staunchly feminist architecture firm’ working across both residential and commercial projects, based in Fremantle. WS specialises in working with clients on innovative approaches to delivering architecture and are champions for millennial housing, sustainable architecture, local craft and friendly minimalist architecture. Kate is Vice-President of the ACA WA Branch and co-founder of the ACA’s Business of Small Practice (aka the BoSP), a forum to address issues relevant to small business. She uses her influence to advocate for better procurement processes, better infill and more equitable employment practices. Kate is also one of the hosts of the Indetail podcast, a trio of architects who takes listeners behind the scenes of creative business, running small business and addressing conversations happening in the BoSP community, on a huge range of topics including past episodes covering fees, budgets and industry price increases.


Members – Free!
Non-members $40
*One ticket per attendee.


Completion of this 1 hour webinar and submission of the self-checked assessment task will deliver 1 formal CPD point.

Learning Outcomes – Participation in this event will give the attendees a better understanding of the range of factors to consider in forming fee proposals, tools and information to aid client fee negotiations and benchmarking practice overheads.

Units of Competency and Performance Criteria –
Practice Management and Professional Conduct – PC 2, 4
APBSA Core Area – Practice Management

The webinar will include time for a Q&A with the panel with a self-checked CPD assessment task. Certificates will be provided following participation in the full webinar and online submission of answers to CPD questions.


Please contact Katherine Ygosse at webinars@aca.org.au for any further information.