News / Events / CPD

Our up-to-date news and events section features our latest online and face-to-face events and CPD webinars along with a selection of news and events from partners, other industry organisations, and informed professionals from government, the wider built environment and the business world. We also feature regular reports from ACA CEO Angelina Pillai and commentary on current issues by National President John Held.

2021-08-23

CPD Webinars On Demand

23 August 2021

Did you miss out on a particularly interesting webinar? Are you working towards fulfilling your CPD requirements? Five years of relevant ACA CPD webinars are now available for purchase on demand.

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2021-10-13

Work-related Wellbeing – Initial Findings

13 October 2021

Monash University Professor of Architecture Naomi Stead provides an update on the three-year, Australian Research Council–funded research project about the wellbeing of practitioners and students in architecture, with an emphasis on some early findings of the recent practitioner survey.

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2021-10-11

Robert Goodliffe Retirement

11 October 2021

Robert Goodliffe, Managing Partner from ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects, retired in September 2021 after 40 years as a designer, practice leader and influential advocate for ethical business and climate action. The ACA celebrates the milestone and wishes Robert well in all future endeavours.

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2021-10-10

Spotlight on Novation

10 October 2021

Why does novation happen and when? How does it change the architect’s role? What are the common risks? How can you mitigate them? Join the ACA and Wendy Poulton from informed Lawyers on 3 November for an informative CPD webinar on novation.

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2021-10-08

What Does the Future Hold for Architecture Practices?

8 October 2021

After a difficult year, how are architecture practices moving forward? ACA’s CEO Angelina Pillai shares her thoughts and responses to the Deltek Clarity survey results.

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2021-10-06

Lighting & Universal Design

6 October 2021

The NATSPEC Technote for Universal Design/Lighting provides useful information for the documentation and specification of lighting. Emma Green from NATSPEC takes a look at the safety impacts of lighting in residential design.

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2021-10-06

Facade Performance & the Rules 101

6 October 2021

On Tuesday 26 October, join Mecca Events and a panel of facade and building code experts to explore latest developments and some of the common misunderstandings around Facade Performance and Section J. ACA members can access a 20% discount.

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2021-10-04

Designing in Bushfire Prone Areas

4 October 2021

The ABCB is offering a one-hour NCC CPD course on the principles of bushfire behaviour and how it affects building design.

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2021-09-29

Client Choice Awards 2022

29 September 2021

The ACA is delighted to partner with the Client Choice Awards 2022, which now offers an exclusive discount offer and entry page for ACA members.

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2021-09-27

Getting Confident with Contracts

27 September 2021

informed by Planned Cover is running a two-part Contract Fundamentals webinar series covering A Practical Perspective and Industry Pro Forma Contracts. ACA members can access a 15% discount.

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2021-09-12

CEO Update – September 2021

12 September 2021

Angelina Pillai takes us through a busy month, emphasising ACA’s focus on the critical topic of ventilation in the built environment, and outlining our latest industry collaborations and advocacy work.

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2021-09-11

Air Quality & Ventilation webinar

11 September 2021

Join Mecca Events’ panel of experts on Wednesday 6 October for a discussion on air quality, ventilation and how to deliver healthy indoor environments. ACA members can access a 20% discount. Book now!

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2021-09-11

WA Design Review event

11 September 2021

The WA branch of the ACA, alongside the Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), will be having an important and timely discussion on design review on 17 September at the Melbourne Hotel.

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2021-09-11

Business of Design Recap

11 September 2021

In mid-August, WA members gathered at Double Rainbow at The Rechabite for the ACA’s annual Business of Design Lunch, featuring speaker Adrian Fini, Founder of Hesperia and celebrated developer and patron of art and design.

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2021-09-10

President’s Comment – September 2021

10 September 2021

John Held writes on the topics of the day, including vaccination, ventilation and air quality, and the ACA’s joint advocacy around the National Registration Framework.

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2021-09-09

BoSP Recap – Fee Talk

9 September 2021

More than 300 architects registered for our recent BoSP webinar on fees with Kate Fitzgerald, Warwick Mihaly and Mick Moloney, and we’re still not sure if it was the topic or the presenters that generated all that interest!

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2021-09-09

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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2021-09-08

Student Survey: Wellbeing of Architects

8 September 2021

Improving mental wellbeing in practice is fundamental to the future of the profession. After the recent successful survey of practitioners in July, the Monash-led Wellbeing of Architects survey is now open for students. Please share this survey widely.

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2021-09-02

Living Architecture with Lindsay and Kerry Clare

2 September 2021

On Wednesday 8 September, the QLD/NT branch will run the first in a Q&A series with prominent architects, this time with Lindsay and Kerry Clare. Don’t miss it. Book now!

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2021-08-31

NSW Regulation & Class 2 Buildings

31 August 2021

Join us on Wednesday 8 September for a special presentation by Kirsten Orr, Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board, on the regulatory context of architecture in NSW with a focus on Class 2 Buildings.

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2021-08-24

Creators vs Copycats

24 August 2021

On Tuesday 14 September, informed by Planned Cover is running a national webinar on copyright, intellectual property and how to protect your work. ACA members can access a 15% discount.

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2021-08-23

Employer Vaccination Guide

23 August 2021

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has published an Employer Guide on COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace, which aims to assist employers to navigate the vaccine rollout in Australia. 

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2021-08-15

Waterproofing, Tiling & Flooring

15 August 2021

Ardex is running a range of online formal CPD courses in August and September on the topics of waterproofing, tiling and flooring systems. 

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2021-08-15

Architectural Work Cultures Survey Update

15 August 2021

Great news! The recent Architects & Wellbeing survey had a huge response, doubling its target, with more than 2100 participants.

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2021-08-14

Tracking KPIs Through Tough Times

14 August 2021

After a challenging year, how are architecture practices in Asia Pacific (APAC) performing? Download the latest Deltek Clarity report to find out more.

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2021-08-11

Housing & Energy Efficiency – NCC CPD Course

11 August 2021

The Australian Building Codes Board is offering an NCC CPD course to help build understanding of housing energy efficiency requirements. A special discounted offer is available for a limited time.

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2021-08-10

Reuse, Retrofit, Recycle

10 August 2021

Mecca’s upcoming CPD webinar on Wednesday 1 September will feature leading design and engineering experts presenting on Adaptive Reuse in Buildings. ACA members can access a 20% discount.

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2021-08-01

St John’s Mental Health First Aid Training

1 August 2021

The WA and SA branches are proud to offer members the opportunity to participate in the St John’s Mental Health First Aid Training at a reduced price.

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2021-07-14

Business of Design in SA – A Recap

14 July 2021

On Tuesday 8 June, the ACA – SA Committee was delighted to host its popular annual Business of Design Lunch with guest speaker Emma Williamson from TheFulcrum.Agency. Three attendees offer a recap.

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2021-07-14

NATSPEC’s NSW Class 2 Reference Specification

14 July 2021

NATSPEC has released a new reference specification for Class 2 buildings. The reference specification, which was developed in cooperation with the NSW Government, is a nationally applicable quality control tool that sets out the minimum requirements for Class 2 buildings.

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2021-07-14

Tech Trends Overview

14 July 2021

The latest Deltek Clarity Industry report explores how architecture and engineering (A&E) firms in Asia Pacific (APAC) are reaching their digital goals, and identifies common barriers to tech adoption.

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2021-07-14

Work-related Wellbeing Survey

14 July 2021

Improving mental wellbeing in practice is fundamental to the future of the profession. The ACA is proud to support the major research project Architectural Work Cultures: professional identity, education and wellbeing, and encourages all to participate in this important survey on work-related wellbeing.

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2021-07-06

2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects

6 July 2021

Charmaine Kai, ACA member of the Expert Reference Group on the NSCA, provides an update on the key developments.

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2021-07-05

WA Business of Design Lunch

5 July 2021

The WA Committee have rescheduled their Business of Design Lunch to Friday 20 August 2021 with guest speaker Adrian Fini.

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2021-06-29

Product Specification Post Lacrosse

29 June 2021

informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount to ACA members for a webinar on Product Specification Post Lacrosse on Tuesday 20 July.

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2021-06-28

President’s Comment – EOFY 20/21

28 June 2021

John Held reflects on the challenges of the past year and the ACA’s ongoing commitment to gain recognition, raise awareness and advocate to government and the wider community.

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2021-06-28

WA Update – Advocate, Connect & Inform

28 June 2021

The WA Committee outlines activity and priorities for the last six months and plans for the year ahead, with a strong focus on quality information, advocacy and connection.

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2021-06-27

EOFY Report 20/21

27 June 2021

CEO Angelina Pillai summarises ACA activity and priorities for the last year, outlining our seven strategic objectives and what they mean for members, ACA committees, and the broader profession. 

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2021-06-27

SA – Advocacy, Mental Wellbeing & Culture

27 June 2021

The ACA – SA has had a strong focus on advocacy, mental wellbeing and culture, and have welcomed the return of their popular series of face-to-face business lunches. 

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2021-06-27

NSW/ACT – Advocacy & Education, Events & Plans

27 June 2021

The NSW D&BP Act has been a key focus for the NSW/ACT Committee in the first half of 2021, with ongoing advocacy and a suite of seminars to assist members in understanding the implications of the new legislation, writes Jennifer Crawford.

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2021-06-25

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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2021-06-25

QLD/NT Recap – Learn, Change & Adapt

25 June 2021

QLD/NT President Gilda Donegan provides a recap of the first six months of 2021, a period where the key themes were to learn, change and adapt!

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2021-06-09

Industrial Manslaughter Laws Webinar

9 June 2021

The next CPD webinar from ACA partner Mecca Events on 23 June will cover industrial manslaughter legislation with legal and work health and safety experts Tony Lawrence, Kate Elliott and Stephen Russell.

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2021-06-09

That’s a RAP!

9 June 2021

On 3 June, the ACA hosted a webinar with TheFulcrum.Agency on the importance of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs). Emma Brain provides a recap.

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2021-06-06

ACIF Forecasts – May 2021

6 June 2021

The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) has released its Construction Industry Forecast for May 2021. We have published a summary here. ACA members have free access to the full forecasts, available on the ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard.

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2021-06-01

WIL Survey: The Architecture Profession’s View

1 June 2021

Is your practice involved in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs for university students? Share your views by taking a short 15-minute survey!

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2021-06-01

University of Adelaide Reunion

1 June 2021

Did you graduate from the University of Adelaide’s School of Architecture and Built Environment between 1975 and 1999? If so, it’s time to celebrate at your reunion on Friday 6 August 2021.

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2021-05-31

ACA Response to Victorian Framework for Reform

31 May 2021

After extensive consultation, the ACA’s VIC/TAS Committee has submitted its response to the Victorian government’s Framework for Reform building review. Our executive summary outlines the ACA’s key priorities and the full submission is also available for download for further background and discussion of the issues.

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2021-05-27

Designing Practice with Emma Williamson

27 May 2021

The ACA – SA Committee is excited to host its popular annual Business of Design Lunch on Tuesday 8 June with guest speaker Emma Williamson from TheFulcrum.Agency.

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2021-05-13

NSW Design & Building Practitioners Act Part 1 – A Recap

13 May 2021

NSW/ACT committee member Jennifer Crawford provides a comprehensive recap of a recent ACA event about NSW building reform, where legal counsel Christopher Larcos took us through the legal implications of the D&BP Act.

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2021-05-12

NCC Update for Architects

12 May 2021

The ACA – QLD/NT branch committee is hosting a lunch forum on the National Construction Code on Wednesday 26 May with guest speaker Michael Moran.

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2021-05-11

New BGGS Science Learning Centre

11 May 2021

Last month, the QLD/NT branch committee organised a site tour of the seven-storey Science Learning Centre at the Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Ray Giarola provides a recap.

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2021-05-10

Successful Waterproofing

10 May 2021

Ardex is running a number of one-hour CPD seminars on the Four Key Components of Successful Waterproofing in May and June. 

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2021-05-10

ACA President’s Comment – May 2021

10 May 2021

New building legislation in NSW and proposed changes in Victoria will have wide-ranging impacts on the profession, and it’s critical that architects ask questions, give feedback and engage with government, says John Held.

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2021-05-08

May Update from WA

8 May 2021

The ACA – WA reflects on the successful (and impactful) Medium Density Symposium and asks members to save the date for an upcoming event on the Business of Design.

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2021-05-08

Demystifying Legal Jargon

8 May 2021

informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount to ACA members for a webinar on Demystifying the Jargon (Legal) on Thursday 27 May.

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2021-05-08

Refining the Missing Middle Blueprint

8 May 2021

New reform promises improved medium-density outcomes, but what key measures will better shape Perth’s urban future? Katie McDonald from Business News takes a look at WA’s proposed medium density planning policy and the ACA’s recent symposium in Perth.

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2021-05-06

Best Practices in Document Management

6 May 2021

Efficient document management assists practices in being more profitable and reducing risk. Deltek’s Linda Dininger offers her tips on streamlining processes and freeing up your time for the more enjoyable aspects of practice.

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2021-05-03

Ideas for a Better Profession

3 May 2021

The NSW/ACT branch committee is delighted to present another face to face event on Thursday 27 May, with speaker Michael Lewarne exploring important questions about the nature of architectural practice and how we might do things differently in a post-COVID world.

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2021-04-22

Balancing Flexibility with Business

22 April 2021

Join the ACA and speakers Fiona Martin and Alec Tzannes on Wednesday 5 May for a very timely lunchtime webinar on balancing flexibility and hybrid ways of working with the needs of business.

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2021-04-14

Medium Density Symposium recap

14 April 2021

On 31 March, the WA branch hosted its most ambitious event yet – a symposium on the State Government’s proposed policy to guide medium density developments across Western Australia. Emma Brain provides a recap.

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2021-04-14

Medium Density Policy in WA

14 April 2021

The WA branch has been leading a series of initiatives aimed at engaging the architecture profession with the State Government’s draft Medium Density Code. Watch our short film featuring some of the designers who worked with DesignWA to shape this policy ... and then have your say.

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2021-04-13

Pitching Social Housing Ideas

13 April 2021

Verity Campbell offers a recap of her recent ArchiPitch event, which featured seven architectural practices pitching big ideas to a panel of social housing experts.

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2021-04-11

Congratulations ArtMade Architects!

11 April 2021

Sydney-based ArtMade Architects has won the Client’s Choice Award for the Best Architecture Firm for the second year running.

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2021-04-11

ACA Member Discount for D&BP Act Webinar

11 April 2021

informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount to ACA members for their follow-up webinar on the Design & Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) on 22 April.

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2021-04-11

Proportionate Liability & Contributory Negligence

11 April 2021

Proportionate liability and contributory negligence can be powerful legal protections in the event of an alleged claim made against you, but how can you best manage your risk? Felicity Dixon offers some timely advice.

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2021-04-11

Discount Tickets for ArchiTeam Conference

11 April 2021

Our good friends at ArchiTeam are offering a special discounted rate for ACA members for the ArchiTeam conference on Friday 21 May.

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2021-04-09

Streamlining Your Resource Planning

9 April 2021

Resource management is crucial for architecture practices, but few have an effective planning structure in place. Deltek offers three recommendations for getting it right.

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2021-04-09

CEO Update – April 2021

9 April 2021

Angelina Pillai outlines ACA advocacy and activity for the first quarter of 2021, with an emphasis on strategic partnerships, research and mental wellbeing within the profession.

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2021-03-30

ACA President’s Comment – March 2021

30 March 2021

John Held takes a look at the issues of the day, from the Lacrosse appeal decision to the end of JobKeeper and the Mutual Recognition Amendment Bill.

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2021-03-18

Design Matters: Medium Density Symposium

18 March 2021

The WA branch of the ACA will present a special Medium Density Symposium on Wednesday 31 March in collaboration with Open House Perth (OHP).

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2021-03-10

QLD/NT Branch Update – March 2021

10 March 2021

The QLD/NT Committee provides a branch update for March, with a welcome to new members, a new CPD webinar series, a review of the recent trivia night, and a look at the Jobsupport program used by Populous.

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2021-03-09

Architects Mental Wellbeing Breakfast in SA

9 March 2021

The ACA – SA Committee started the year with their annual welcome breakfast and the launch of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum on 23 February.

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2021-03-09

WA Branch Update – March 2021

9 March 2021

It’s been a huge start to the year for the WA branch with two functions, an influx of new members and one new sponsor joining our community. Here’s a rundown of where we are at and where we are headed in 2021.

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2021-03-09

Heritage & Design Webinar

9 March 2021

On Wednesday 31 March, Mecca Events will present a CPD webinar on all things heritage, from understanding heritage context and significance to regulations and compliance, materials and finishes.

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2021-03-09

Myth Busting – Domestic & Family Violence at Work

9 March 2021

The Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) and Our Watch have released a report into domestic and family violence, and the impacts this has on the workplace. The resource uses evidence to tackle some common myths about domestic and family violence, and provides tools and resources for Australian businesses to become leaders in prevention. 

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2021-03-09

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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2021-03-05

Social Housing of the Future

5 March 2021

Tickets are now available for ArchiPitch 2021 on Tuesday 30 March, which will focus on big ideas for the social housing sector.

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2021-03-02

ACA Advocacy on Unfair Contracts

2 March 2021

We need to work together to advocate for improved contracts and procurement methodologies, says John Held.

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2021-02-28

Automatic Mutual Recognition

28 February 2021

The ACA welcomes the automatic mutual recognition scheme, which serves as a sound framework to create national harmonisation across the architectural labour force. However, several issues need to be addressed.

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2021-02-22

WA Branch Launches Wellbeing Forum

22 February 2021

The WA branch is proud to launch the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum on Wednesday 3 March.

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2021-02-20

The Superintendent’s Role as Certifier

20 February 2021

informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount to ACA members for their next Contract Administration webinar on 18 March.

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2021-02-08

New QLD/NT Branch President Gilda Donegan

8 February 2021

The Studio Director of GHDWoodhead in Queensland, Gilda Donegan, is our new QLD/NT Branch President. Congratulations Gilda! 

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2021-02-08

Industrial Relations Webinar – Free to ACA members

8 February 2021

In early 2021, the ACA’s new industrial advisor, Tom Earls from Fair Work Lawyers, presented a very timely IR Update. This CPD webinar is now available for purchase on demand (free for ACA members).

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2021-02-08

President’s Comment – February 2021

8 February 2021

On the 10th anniversary of Keith Neighbour’s passing, John Held fondly remembers his former mentor and friend, who was a strong advocate for mentoring, connection and support within the profession.

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2021-02-07

ArchiPitch Seeks Expressions of Interest for 2021

7 February 2021

The ACA is delighted to to support ArchiPitch 2021, which will tackle the important topic of social housing at Melbourne Design Week.

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2021-02-05

SA Breakfast & Architects Mental Wellbeing Launch

5 February 2021

As we embark on 2021 and look to the future, join the ACA – SA for a very special Welcome Breakfast as we launch the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum.

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2021-02-05

A Contemporary Heritage Approach

5 February 2021

The NSW/ACT branch of the ACA has joined forces with Sydney East Architects to host a special event on contemporary heritage matters in NSW on Wednesday 17 February.

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2021-02-05

New WA Branch President Kukame McPierzie

5 February 2021

The ACA is delighted to announce the appointment of new WA Branch President Kukame McPierzie, who shares his first message for 2021. 

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2021-02-05

Special ACA Membership Offer

5 February 2021

The ACA is delighted to extend a special half-year membership offer. Head to our membership portal to find out what’s on offer.

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2021-02-04

2021 Trivia Night

4 February 2021

Join the ACA – Qld/NT Committee and Quiz Master Robert Wesener for the 2021 Trivia Night on 26 February.

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2021-01-31

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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2021-01-30

WA Member Survey

30 January 2021

The WA Committee invites all West Australian members to complete our 4-minute survey!

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2021-01-29

Welcome Breakfast in WA

29 January 2021

The WA branch committee and incoming WA President Kukame McPierzie are hosting a welcome breakfast for members on Wednesday 17 February.

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2021-01-24

First Nations Design Principles

24 January 2021

WSP’s Indigenous Specialist Services team and Dr Shaneen Fantin of POD (People Oriented Design) will discuss First Nations Design Principles in Architecture and Building at an upcoming CPD webinar by Mecca Events on 10 February. ACA members can access a 20% discount.

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2021-01-21

Record Keeping webinar

21 January 2021

informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount for ACA members for a document management and record keeping webinar at lunchtime on 10 February.

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2020-12-10

Summary of New IR Legislation

10 December 2020

The Federal government announced its long awaited workplace relations reform package on 9 December, setting the scene for industrial relations to be at the forefront of the political agenda coming into 2021. Tom Earls from Fair Work Lawyers provides a summary of the proposed legislation for ACA members.

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2020-12-07

ACA President’s Comment – December 2020

7 December 2020

John Held takes a moment to reflect on the lessons of 2020, from the nature of community to the value of communication, and the need to be prepared and open to change.

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2020-12-07

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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2020-12-06

QLD/NT Update 2020

6 December 2020

The QLD/NT branch offers a summary of an extremely busy year, with a full event schedule and many priority issues to address through their advocacy.

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2020-12-06

Western Australia Update 2020

6 December 2020

Our WA branch offers an overview of 2020, a glimpse of upcoming advocacy and activity in 2021, and some reflections from our retiring WA President Malcolm Jones and Committee stalwart, Leigh Robinson.

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2020-12-06

South Australia Update 2020

6 December 2020

The SA Committee provides a 2020 recap on advocacy, events, roundtable discussions and regular Zoom check-ins, and outlines plans for the year ahead.

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2020-12-06

Last Chance to Enter Client Choice Awards

6 December 2020

Entries for the Built and Natural Environment Consulting category of the Client Choice Awards are closing on 15 December.

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2020-12-06

Architects Declare Update

6 December 2020

Since its establishment in July 2019, Architects Declare Australia has continued to advocate and educate, with a guide to going carbon neutral and a number of webinars on topics related to biodiversity and sustainability.

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2020-12-04

2020: A Year in Review

4 December 2020

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai takes a look back on a challenging but fulfilling year and outlines the ACA’s exciting plans for the year ahead.

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2020-11-29

2020 in Review and Beyond

29 November 2020

Cos Cirocco and Karen Meiklejohn from Planned Cover review the year that was, offering a snapshot of the state of the professional indemnity market and projecting forward to future trends.

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2020-11-29

New Industrial Relations Advisory

29 November 2020

The ACA is delighted to introduce Tom Earls of Fair Work Lawyers (FWL), who will provide principal industrial relations advisory services for ACA members.

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2020-11-29

NexSys IT Member Offer

29 November 2020

The ACA’s National Principal Partner, NexSys IT, is extending its support to ACA members with an exclusive offer of Autodesk licences at cost price.

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2020-11-29

Vale (Kenneth) Struan Gilfillan OAM

29 November 2020

The ACA sadly advises that founding member of the Association in Melbourne and longtime Chairman of the National Industrial Relations Committee Struan Gilfillan passed away peacefully on 20 October 2020.

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2020-11-27

Getting a Head Start with your Contracts

27 November 2020

Join the ACA on Wednesday 16 December for our last online event for the year, with some practical guidance on contracts from lawyer and risk manager Wendy Poulton.

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2020-11-27

ACA Branch Elections 2020

27 November 2020

If you have ever wanted to contribute, lead, support or just be part of the conversations of the peak body that represents you and your practice, now is the time to nominate as an ACA Branch committee member!

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2020-11-04

SA Roundtable on Post-COVID Reality

4 November 2020

Wellbeing, localism and optimism can summarise the discussion at the ACA’s recent Adelaide roundtable on the post-COVID reality for South Australia, writes Mario Dreosti.

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2020-11-01

Christmas Drinks in WA

1 November 2020

WA President Malcolm Jones and committee will host drinks on the rooftop of the Alex Hotel on 3 December to celebrate the start of the festive season.

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2020-10-27

Leadership Change at the AACA

27 October 2020

Kate Doyle will step down as CEO of the AACA in March 2021 after six years in the role. The ACA has greatly valued her contribution and wishes her well in her future endeavours.

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2020-10-27

NATSPEC Universal Design TECHnotes

27 October 2020

Australia’s ageing population means that the principles of universal design in residential design and construction are increasingly important. NATSPEC recognises the importance of universal design with the release of three new TECHnotes.

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2020-10-27

Nominations Open for Australian Honours

27 October 2020

Is there someone exceptional within the architecture profession who you would like to nominate for an Australian Honour? The Order of Australia recognises Australians for outstanding service or exceptional achievement in a diverse range of fields and areas of endeavours, including architecture.

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2020-10-03

Doing Documentation Better

3 October 2020

On 11 November 2020, guest speaker Alex Chistiakoff presented an ACA webinar on delivering high quality documentation efficiently and consistently. 

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2020-10-03

Getting the Balance Right

3 October 2020

Are we architects so we can be in business, or in business so we can be architects? The ACA and the BoSP forum met on 23 November for an insightful conversation about developing simultaneously as an architect and an entrepreneur. 

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2020-09-30

Collaboration, profitability & technology

30 September 2020

Technology is an enabler for A&E firms. But how does it impact collaboration and profitability? In an interview with ACA CEO Angelina Pillai, Deltek explores the issues surrounding their recently published Clarity A&E Industry Report.

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2020-09-30

The View from the Client Side

30 September 2020

informed by Planned Cover is offering ACA members a special discounted rate for an upcoming webinar on what clients need from their consultants.

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2020-09-28

Demystifying Cyber Protection Insurance

28 September 2020

Planned Cover demystifies cyber protection insurance, offering an explainer on terminology and what it all means for your business.

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2020-09-28

ACA Industrial Relations & Employment Advice Service

28 September 2020

The ACA is delighted to announce the appointment of Fair Work Lawyers (FWL) as our Industrial Relations Consultants, with FWL Partner Tom Earls providing principal advisory services.

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2020-09-27

CEO Update - October 2020

27 September 2020

Angelina Pillai reflects on the importance of prioritising culture and wellbeing in our workplaces and the wider profession, and reports on our recent inaugural, all-of-ACA-branch and national conference, which brought all our committees together for the first time.

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2020-09-27

New ACA Partnership - Management for Design

27 September 2020

The ACA is delighted to announce a new partnership with Management for Design to provide financial and business management support services to members.

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2020-09-27

ACA President’s Comment

27 September 2020

Better procurement practices will support building quality, but also healthier, safer work practices for a wide range of people in the construction industry, says John Held.

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2020-09-23

MCC Report on Sexual Harassment

23 September 2020

‘Disrupting the System: Preventing and responding to workplace sexual harassment’, a new report from the Male Champions of Change, aims to shift the way we understand and respond to sexual harassment. Justine Clark provides a summary.

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2020-08-25

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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2020-08-11

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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2020-08-10

Client Choice Awards 2021

10 August 2020

Do you want to get a better sense of what your clients think of your practice and the service it provides? Enter the Client Choice Awards 2021 for Best Architecture Firm and receive a special report of invaluable client feedback.

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2020-08-06

Clarification of Stage 4 Restrictions

6 August 2020

The ACA – Victoria/Tasmania provides further clarification of COVID-19 Stage 4 restrictions, with advice on construction site access, worker permits, COVID Safe Plans and ongoing advocacy.

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2020-08-04

COVID-19 Stage 4 Restrictions

4 August 2020

On Monday 3 August, the Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews announced Stage 4 Restrictions, which apply to the Melbourne area and do impact architectural practices.

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2020-07-23

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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2020-07-14

ACA President’s Comment – July 2020

14 July 2020

ACA President John Held reflects on the need for a finer-grained approach to stimulus, and the importance of being active and assertive in creating a post-pandemic future.

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2020-07-14

CEO Update July 2020

14 July 2020

Angelina Pillai reflects on the challenges of the past six months, as well as the positive action, advocacy and community spirit she has seen in the age of COVID-19.

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2020-07-14

WA Advocacy & Business of Design

14 July 2020

The WA branch is getting back into the swing of things, with an upcoming government meeting and the annual Business of Design lunch.

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2020-06-29

New Archibiz Course Available for ACA Members

29 June 2020

Archibiz and the ACA Business of Small Practice (BoSP) are offering another “Designing Architectural Practice Success” course to ACA members, starting on Tuesday 28 July.

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2020-06-17

ACA Branch Elections

17 June 2020

It is an election year for all ACA branches in 2020, and we invite members to get involved.

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2020-06-11

Cyber Crime in the Age of COVID-19

11 June 2020

As we all try to adapt to a changed world, cyber criminals are taking advantage of changes to our physical working conditions and day-to-day processes. Planned Cover takes a look at the issues around cybersecurity and offers tips on protecting your practice.

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2020-06-10

2020 National Examination Paper Moves Online

10 June 2020

The AACA has announced that the 2020 National Examination Paper will now be delivered remotely via candidates’ individual devices with online live supervision.

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2020-06-09

ACA President’s Comment – June 2020

9 June 2020

As we release the preliminary findings of our third Pulse Check Survey, John Held explores the key issues in the profession, from workflow to JobKeeper, from stimulus to flexibility and the future of work.

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2020-06-08

Design and Building Practitioners Bill

8 June 2020

On 3 June 2020, the NSW Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 successfully passed through Parliament.

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2020-06-07

Elevation Architecture’s Digital Transformation

7 June 2020

Rachel Tilleyshort of Elevation Architecture takes us through her firm’s digital transformation, with substantial profitability and productivity gains since implementing Deltek Project Information Management (PIM).

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2020-05-29

ACA National Report 2020

29 May 2020

Through the challenges of 2019-2020, the ACA has worked tirelessly to provide up-to-date advice, a jampacked business toolbox, continued advocacy, IR representation at the FWC, a dynamic and relevant online events program, and an engaging platform to share knowledge, experience and a sense of community. Here’s a recap.

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2020-05-25

ACA delighted to support Monash Mental Wellbeing Research project

25 May 2020

The ACA is proud to support the new research project Architectural Work Cultures: professional identity, education and wellbeing, led by Professor Naomi Stead of Monash University.

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2020-04-21

The Power of Sharing Stories

21 April 2020

ACA National President John Held invites members to share their stories, views and impressions on how to create better places to live, work and be.

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2020-04-15

Culture and Wellbeing Presentation

15 April 2020

The full video presentation of the Architects Leadership Series Culture + Wellbeing breakfast event is now available online.

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2020-03-24

ACA President’s Comment – March 2020

24 March 2020

As architectural practices face uncertain futures in the time of COVID-19, ACA National President John Held discusses the importance of sharing stories, ideas, and love and consideration for each other.

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2020-03-17

AACA National Examination Paper Postponed

17 March 2020

Given the evolving Coronavirus situation across Australia, the AACA has postponed the APE National Examination Paper currently scheduled for 21 April until 18 August.

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2020-02-21

Climate Change Consideration in Design

21 February 2020

informed by Planned Cover Risk Manager Kathryn Budd offers advice on managing your risk and your professional obligations related to environmental standards and climate change. What is the role of construction industry professionals in making positive change?

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2020-02-04

2020 National Program of Assessment

4 February 2020

Applications for the AACA’s 2020 National Program of Assessment (NPrA) close 28 February 2020.

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2020-02-03

ACA President’s Comment – February 2020

3 February 2020

As disaster strikes, John Held discusses the importance of sharing knowledge and experiences, and the broader role of the architect in society.

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2020-01-31

CEO Update - February 2020

31 January 2020

Angelina Pillai discusses the bushfire response and the ACA’s agenda for 2020, and introduces us to ACA Malaysia and our two new national sponsors.

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2019-12-04

A Review of the 2019 Insurance Market

4 December 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, Planned Cover's Cos Cirocco and Adele Monaco take a look back, reviewing the insurance market and claims landscape of the past 12 months and advising on how best to navigate it in the immediate future.

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2019-12-03

2019: A Year in Review

3 December 2019

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reviews events, advocacy and activity in 2019 and outlines plans for the year ahead.

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2019-11-19

International Men’s Day Reflections

19 November 2019

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reflects on a week of inspirational panel discussions and events that will hopefully spur others on to further action.

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2019-11-07

The Benefits of Client Feedback

7 November 2019

Did you know that doing regular research on your clients can reap rewards when it comes to the growth of your practice? Enter the Client Choice Awards 2020 for Best Architecture Firm and receive a special report of invaluable client feedback. It's not too late to enter.

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2019-11-07

When Will Architects Be in the Firing Line?

7 November 2019

Every day a new story hits the headlines outlining a case of workplace exploitation and underpayment. John Held ponders when architecture’s long hours culture will hit the front pages, and what the ACA can do to help ensure we have fair and efficient businesses.

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2019-11-07

ACIF Forecasts - November 2019

7 November 2019

The Australian Construction Industry Forum has released its Construction Industry Forecast for November 2019.

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2019-10-04

CEO Update - October 2019

4 October 2019

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai offers an overview of a very busy couple of months, with a state by state wrap of recent events, surveys and activity, and a look forward at conferences, awards, mental health research and advocacy.

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2019-10-01

Client Choice Awards 2020

1 October 2019

Do you know what your clients really think of your practice and the service it provides? Enter the Client Choice Awards for Best Architecture Firm and receive a special report of invaluable client feedback on everything from quality and innovation to responsiveness and value for money.

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2019-09-12

A Question of Standards

12 September 2019

With the high cost of accessing Australian Standards, how can we expect high levels of compliance in the building industry? Easy access to clear, understandable Standards must be a priority, argues John Held.

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2019-09-08

The Built Environment Channel

8 September 2019

Do you have the BEC in your practice yet? Michael Smith discusses the benefits of the free streaming service and gives us an update on its recent news and initiatives.

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2019-09-03

State of the Insurance Market

3 September 2019

The world of insurance has changed rapidly over the last 12 to 18 months. Planned Cover Victorian State Manager Laurence Gottlieb gives us an overview of a toughening market.

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2019-09-03

How Can Architects Take Action?

3 September 2019

As governments tackle systemic issues in the building industry, John Held outlines some of the ways that architects can make an impact.

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2019-08-08

CEO Update - August 2019

8 August 2019

Angelina Pillai reviews a very busy couple of months of advocacy and activity in the branches.

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2019-07-30

Architects Declare

30 July 2019

Hundreds of Australian architects have signed up to the Architects Declare movement, which aims to raise awareness of the climate crisis and the urgent need for action in the built environment.

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2019-07-27

Partnership Protection Insurance

27 July 2019

Do you have partners in your business? Have you got a safety net in place in case disaster strikes? Planned Cover’s Sherren Hepburn explores the benefits of partnership protection insurance.

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2019-07-09

What Keeps Architects Awake at Night?

9 July 2019

How do we ensure our profession remains relevant and vibrant? John Held draws threads through the many issues facing architecture and the construction industry, and asks how can we support each other as we face the future.

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2019-06-05

CEO Update - June 2019

5 June 2019

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai takes a look at the big issues of concern to members, the ACA's ongoing work in advocacy, future plans for research and a state by state wrap.

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2019-06-04

ACA National Report 2019

4 June 2019

The ACA has never been busier, and we are pleased to provide an update on the actions and activities of the last year as well as future plans - all of which aim to support our members.

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2019-05-29

Avoiding Cyber Attacks

29 May 2019

What are the crown jewels of your practice? Where are they stored and how secure are they? Sherren Hepburn from Planned Cover takes a look at the issues around cybersecurity and offers tips on protecting your precious assets.

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2019-05-21

A Guide to Architecture and Wellbeing

21 May 2019

Ben Channon's new book Happy by Design: A Guide to Architecture and Wellbeing explores the ways that buildings and spaces can impact on our mental health and wellbeing.

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2019-05-09

WA Cladding Update

9 May 2019

ACA - WA President Malcolm Jones gives an overview of the WA cladding audit, issues around ACP compliance, and some early next steps.

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2019-05-09

Professional and Technical Services now on the SA Product Register

9 May 2019

Do you want your practice to be visible to SA State Government procurement staff? Then sign up to the SA Product Register.

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2019-05-07

May 2019 ACIF Forecast

7 May 2019

ACA members now have free access to the ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard, with the May forecast available from 14 May.


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2019-04-28

ACA President's Comment – April 2019

28 April 2019

In light of the release of the Building Confidence Implementation Plan, ACA National President John Held revisits the recent history of regulation in the Australian construction industry and the challenge of timely reform and coordination between all states and territories.

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2019-04-13

Risk Management - A Refresher

13 April 2019

Risk Manager Felicity Dixon takes us through the fundamentals of risk management, advising on how best to identify, manage and allocate risk.

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2019-04-02

President's Report - April 2019

2 April 2019

National President John Held discusses long hours, unpaid internships and the value in getting involved.

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2019-04-02

CEO Update - April 2019

2 April 2019

CEO Angelina Pillai reports on ACA advocacy, membership and the business toolkit, and finishes with a state by state wrap for March.

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2019-03-27

ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard

27 March 2019

ACA members will now have free access to the ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard.

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2019-03-27

Registered Architects are on the List!

27 March 2019

No more chasing around to find a JP to witness your Stat Dec. Registered architects are now authorised witnesses.

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2019-02-27

CEO Message - First Month in Office!

27 February 2019

New CEO Angelina Pillai reviews her first month at the helm of the ACA.

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2019-02-07

ACA's First CEO Appointed

7 February 2019

The ACA is delighted to announce the appointment of Angelina Pillai as Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Consulting Architects.

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2019-02-07

New Construction Product Register

7 February 2019

NATSPEC’s National Construction Product Register is a new tool to ensure quality control and reduce the number of non-conforming products in the Australian built environment. Emma Green from NATSPEC Communications tells us more about how it works.

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2019-02-05

Key Findings from Non-conforming Building Products Inquiry

5 February 2019

The final report of the inquiry into non-conforming building products was tabled by the Senate Economics References Committee in December 2018. Subtitled “the need for a coherent and robust regulatory regime”, it aims to strengthen accountability and compliance in relation to building products.

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2019-02-04

AACA Seeks Participants for Focus Groups

4 February 2019

Do you have something to say about the way practitioners can be involved in architectural education? The AACA is looking for a mix of architects to take part in focus groups nationwide.

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2019-01-19

Welcome to 2019

19 January 2019

The year has begun with a focus on quality - and the lack of it. ACA President John Held considers what architects and the ACA can do to improve the quality of the built environment.

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2018-12-17

NSW Security of Payment Act

17 December 2018

The NSW Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Amendment Bill 2018 has passed parliament.

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2018-12-12

Reflections from the ACA President

12 December 2018

ACA National President and SA branch President John Held reflects on the year's achievements and the challenges ahead.

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2018-12-11

A Balanced Outlook for Construction

11 December 2018

The Australian Construction Industry Forum has released its new ACIF Forecasts, with growth expected in non-residential building and infrastructure construction, but the decline in residential building expected to continue.

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2018-11-26

ACA Elections 2018

26 November 2018

STAGE 2 of the 2018 ACA Elections for all ACA Branches are now open.
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2018-10-16

Non-compliant Cladding and Insurance Exclusions

16 October 2018

Insurance specialist Laurence Gottlieb explores the issue of non-compliant cladding and other materials, warning of the changes afoot in the insurance industry.

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2018-09-21

John Held, New ACA National President

21 September 2018

John Held, long-time ACA - SA President, is the new ACA National President. He introduces himself and plans for the future.

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2018-09-21

Report Identifies Widespread Sexual Harassment

21 September 2018

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released the findings of its national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

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2018-08-27

New Building Product Ban in NSW

27 August 2018

The NSW Commissioner for Fair Trading has announced a building product ban for certain types of aluminium composite panel (ACP) cladding.

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2018-08-23

New BIM Ready Report Released

23 August 2018

The Queensland BIM Taskforce has released its findings from its recent BIM Survey.

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2018-08-13

ACA Announces New Partnership with BEC

13 August 2018

The ACA is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Built Environment Channel (BEC), a free digital screen network available to practices big and small.

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2018-05-21

Single Sign-on for ACA

21 May 2018

Announcing improved access to the ACA Member Toolbox.

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2018-03-13

Common Claims and How to Avoid Them

13 March 2018

Experienced Claims Manager Kerrie McLeish discusses the most common claims she sees and gives valuable advice on how to avoid them.

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2018-02-20

Pro bono Legal Advice for ACA Members

20 February 2018

The ACA is delighted to announce a new agreement with Moray and Agnew Lawyers. This provides members with 20 minutes of pro bono legal advice from Moray and Agnew’s experienced commercial team.

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2018-02-19

New BIM Taskforce

19 February 2018

ACA - Qld/NT and the Australian Institute of Architects Qld have joined forces to create a BIM Taskforce to help architects and practices become BIM capable.

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2017-10-29

Update on Building Products

29 October 2017

Risk Manager Wendy Poulton offers a comprehensive update on the latest research and investigations on building product compliance in Australia.

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2017-08-21

ACA NEC meeting, Adelaide 2017

21 August 2017

The National Executive Committee met recently in Adelaide. It was an opportunity to reflect on the activity of the past five years, and to chart a path for the next five. ACA National President Kieran Wong reports.

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2017-08-18

Join the SA Practice Admin Group!

18 August 2017

The ACA - SA Practice Administrators Group meets regularly to share knowledge, views and experiences. New members welcome.

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2017-07-14

A Message from Kieran Wong, ACA National President Elect

14 July 2017

Kieran Wong, ACA National President Elect, introduces himself and plans for the future of the ACA.

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2017-06-21

Congratulations John Held!

21 June 2017

The ACA is thrilled to congratulate John Held, ACA - SA President, whose tireless work for the profession has been recognised with the 2017 Sir James Irwin President's Medal.

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2017-03-19

Congratulations Catherine Baudet

19 March 2017

Catherine Baudet's decades of advocacy for women in architecture has been recognised with the Paula Whitman Prize for Leadership Gender Equity.

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2017-02-16

Do Your Contracts Contain ‘Unfair Terms’?

16 February 2017

What will the new Unfair Contract Terms law mean for architects? Planned Cover and Jackson Macdonald take a look.

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2016-06-02

Fast Track Pathways to Registration

2 June 2016

The AACA has introduced two fast track pathways to registration for experienced practitioners.

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2016-05-18

Measuring Up

18 May 2016

A new report aims to explore new futures for architecture and new ways of measuring the contribition already made by the industry.

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2016-04-18

Announcing the ACA Business Toolbox and ACA Salary Calculator

18 April 2016

The ACA BUSINESS TOOLBOX provides members with the essential resources to effectively and easily operate their businesses.

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2015-06-06

Non-compliant materials

6 June 2015

The Victorian Building Authority is contacting building practitioners - including architects - to identify the possible use of non-compliant building material in the construction of buildings in Victoria.

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2015-03-07

ACA Strategic Plan - An Update

7 March 2015

The ACA has achieved an enormous amount since it released a new Strategic Plan, in 2012. National President, Steve Kennedy, outlines the achievements to date.

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2014-05-13

Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

13 May 2014

The Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice aim to help Australian architecture move towards a more equitable profession; one that offers opportunity for all and is better positioned to meet contemporary challenges.

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2014-03-30

ACIF & APCC collaborations

30 March 2014

ACIF and the APCC have a number of projects underway relating to procurement, project team integration and BIM.

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The ACA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters of Australia.