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.

2023-01-18

ACA Employee Assistance Program Member Offer

18 January 2023

Would you like to offer your employees access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) but can’t justify the cost? The ACA is delighted to announce the launch of our EAP Trial, offering a high-quality EAP to our members at a fraction of the cost. The EAP service will be available from TELUS Health, a trusted mental health and wellbeing partner to over 15,000 organisations around the world.

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2024-01-18

CPD Webinars On Demand

18 January 2024

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

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2024-02-19

Joint Venture Partnerships in Architecture

19 February 2024

Join ACA WA for an informative online presentation on the merits and pitfalls of Joint Venture partnerships with construction lawyer Isla McRobbie.

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2024-02-17

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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2024-02-14

Site Tour – National Rugby Training Centre

14 February 2024

Join the ACA QLD/NT Committee and Blight Rayner Architects on Friday 22 March for a site tour of the National Rugby Training Centre in Herston Brisbane. Don’t miss out. Book now!

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2024-02-14

President’s Comment – February 2024

14 February 2024

ACA National President John Held reflects on the nature of quality in the built environment, from design, documentation, construction and environmental aspects to the quality of the profession itself, from graduates up to senior architects.

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2024-02-12

ACA WA Advocacy Prevails

12 February 2024

After several months of committed advocacy and campaigning led by ACA WA Vice-President Kate Fitzgerald, the ACA WA is delighted to share that the once-deferred Medium Density Code has been reintroduced. This will help ensure the supply of well-designed housing in suburbs and infill precincts for the State.

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2024-02-12

EAP Advice for Managers

12 February 2024

There’s a lot more to an Employee Assistance Program than meets the eye. ACA members who have signed up for our discounted member offer have found a wealth of resources and assistance, including an advice line for managers who need to discuss a tricky workplace issue, help an employee in trouble, or are seeking advice on general workplace stress.

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2024-02-07

Strategies for Small Practices

7 February 2024

informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount for ACA members for its next webinar aimed at small practices. Senior Risk Manager Felicity Dixon and Focus Underwriting’s Claims Manager Karen Wong will share insights into the common claims made against small practices and practical risk management strategies. Don’t miss it!

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2024-02-05

IR Update 2024 – What Employers Need to Know!

5 February 2024

The ACA was delighted to present our popular annual Industrial Relations webinar by Tom Earls, partner at Fair Work Lawyers, who took us through recent legislative changes and what these mean for you and your practice. View this webinar to stay informed and prepared.

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2024-02-05

AMWF Lunch Seminar – Managing Burnout

5 February 2024

The ACA QLD/NT Committee is delighted to host an AMWF Lunch Seminar on Managing Burnout with Clinical Director of North Brisbane Psychologists, Dr Rachel Hannam on Thursday 22 February. Book now!

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2024-02-01

Exploring the Big Ideas Behind Small Spaces

1 February 2024

The Regional Architecture Association is offering a 15% discount for ACA members for their next event in Mudgee, NSW - MiCRO - exploring the big ideas behind small spaces.

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2024-01-25

WA Welcome Breakfast 2024

25 January 2024

ACA WA invites members and friends to join us for breakfast at Wards Central Dining at Victoria House in Shenton Park. 

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2024-01-24

Claims Trends 2024

24 January 2024

informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount for ACA members for its first webinar of the year – Words from the Wise: Claim Trends, presented by insurance and litigation specialists David Fisher and Damian Riggall of Thynne + Macartney.

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2024-01-22

SA Welcome Breakfast 2024

22 January 2024

The ACA SA is kicking off the year with a relaxed breakfast for our branch committee and members at Luigi’s Delicatessen on Tuesday 20 February. Come along to hear from our fantastic guest speaker, catch up with friends and colleagues, and hear about our plans for 2024.

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2023-12-12

President’s Comment – December 2023

12 December 2023

As the year comes to a close, ACA National President John Held reflects on the expanding activities of the organisation, from IR and the nuts and bolts of profitable practice, to mental wellbeing, business planning and marketing, and advocating for students, graduates, managers and leaders.

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2023-12-11

ACA Summer Reading and Listening List 2023/24

11 December 2023

Our Reading and Listening List is back to see you through long days by the pool! It’s eclectic and representative of the diverse interests of our committee members and staff at the ACA. We hope you enjoy dipping into our recommendations as you relax this summer.

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2023-12-11

Branch Member Surveys 2023

11 December 2023

Take the member survey to help guide ACA activities in 2024. The survey will take no more than five minutes and the results will be invaluable as our branch committees and national team map out priorities for the year.

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2023-12-11

University Engagement Working Group

11 December 2023

The ACA University Engagement Working Group aims to connect with the tertiary education sector and promote the value of architectural practice and business to university students. Topics of interest to the group include models of internships, the sharing of business-related tools and resources, and education around the Business of Architecture.

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2023-12-11

CEO Report – December 2023

11 December 2023

In her final report of the year, Angelina Pillai updates us on her recent visit to Parliament House with ACIF to discuss pressing issues in the construction industry, and her highlights of the year, including a new RAP for the ACA and three new working groups.

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2023-12-11

RAP Working Group

11 December 2023

The ACA’s new RAP Working Group was developed to support the ACA membership with their learning around First Nations knowledge and engagement, with a focus on Reconciliation Action Plans. Here we provide a summary of the Group’s aims and a brief interview with the RAP Working Group Chair Stephen Pearse.

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2023-12-10

WA Branch Update – December 2023

10 December 2023

The WA branch committee finished off a busy year with an end-of-year celebration at Lawson Flats. It was great to see so many of our members, sponsors and industry colleagues at our event. It feels like the festive season is well and truly here! Here’s a snapshot of what the WA branch committee has been up to in 2023.

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2023-12-10

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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2023-12-08

Regional Practice Working Group

8 December 2023

The ACA’s new Regional Practice Working Group (RPWG) aims to connect and support architectural practices in diverse geographical areas across the country. Here we provide a summary of the Group’s aims and a brief interview with the RPWG Chair Michel Greenhalgh about the key challenges of regional practice, what needs to change, and aspirations for the new working group.

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2023-12-06

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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2023-12-05

SA Branch Update – December 2023

5 December 2023

Advocacy, reconciliation, recruitment and registration have been a strong focus for the SA branch committee in 2023, with highlights including the annual Business of Design Lunch, a panel discussion on Reconciliation Action Plans, and a practice managers lunch on recruiting top talent.

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2023-12-04

QLD/NT Branch Update – December 2023

4 December 2023

Advocacy and an interesting mix of informative events kept the branch committee busy and engaged with the profession in 2023. Highlights include the lunch forum and interview with Queensland MP Elizabeth Watson-Brown, the popular annual Risky Business event and the always fun Trivia Night!

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2023-11-15

New competencies and the Architects Award

15 November 2023

On 30 October 2023, the Fair Work Commission approved the ACA’s application to amend the Architects Award to reflect the new National Standard of Competency for Architects. See the detailed explainer from Emma Avey of Fair Work Lawyers and download the updated Architects Award today!

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2023-11-09

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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2023-11-09

Stepping Up on Career Development

9 November 2023

Join Parlour, the ACA and the Champions of Change Architecture Group for a discussion about fostering professional development and developing career pathways in practice. Book now for this informative session with Thihoa Gill of Grimshaw, Tara Keast of DesignInc and Jonathan Robberts of Monash University in conversation with Monica Edwards and Justine Clark.

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2023-11-08

CEO Report – November 2023

8 November 2023

Angelina Pillai highlights some of the ACA’s recent industry collaborations and initiatives – from the Australian Building Industry Forum’s recent review of the Building Confidence Report implementation, to Consult Australia’s End of Year Tender Initiative, to working with the AACA and the Fair Work Commission on updates to the Architects Award.

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2023-11-06

Mental wellbeing and the End of Year Tender campaign

6 November 2023

The ACA is pleased to join Consult Australia’s End of Year Tender campaign, which advocates for a pause in new procurement activities over the Christmas break. Consult Australia CEO Jonathan Cartledge explains about the initiative’s genesis, aims and progress to date, and the prioritisation of mental health in the construction industry. 

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2023-11-02

Five mobile technology trends transforming architecture

2 November 2023

How can mobile device adoption and usage help to transform practices and their productivity? Deltek highlights five surprising mobile technology trends. 

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2023-11-02

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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2023-11-01

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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2023-10-31

2023 ACA Annual General Meeting

31 October 2023

The Association of Consulting Architects Australia will hold its 2023 Annual General Meeting online on Monday 27 November 2023 at 4.30pm AEST to approve the 2023 General Purpose Financial Report.

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2023-10-30

WA Xmas Drinks at Lawson Flats

30 October 2023

ACA WA President Kukame McPierzie and Committee are hosting drinks at Lawson Flats, Perth’s community-focused members club on 24 November. Members are welcome to join us for a quick after-work drink or stay longer for a relaxed evening with colleagues and friends.

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2023-10-30

ACA SA President’s Xmas Drinks

30 October 2023

ACA SA and National President John Held and the SA Branch Committee invite members to our annual President’s Christmas Drinks at the Seven Stars Hotel on 7 December.

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2023-10-30

Reconciliation after the Referendum

30 October 2023

At the ACA, we will continue to listen, learn, engage in respectful conversations, educate ourselves and share knowledge where we can. We recommend viewing the webinar ‘Reconciliation after the Referendum’ by Reconciliation Australia and downloading a valuable list of actions that organisations can take.

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2023-10-26

Informed Beginnings webinar

26 October 2023

informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount for ACA members for its last webinar of the year – a two-hour presentation on contracts and clauses, common insurance claims and the latest issues in the construction industry.

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2023-10-26

Wellbeing & Our Community

26 October 2023

The NSW/ACT Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum (AMWF) is hosting an evening of wellbeing and learning on Thursday 23 November at the Glebe studio of i2C Architects. Book now!

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2023-10-17

ACA QLD/NT Update – October 2023

17 October 2023

The QLD/NT branch committee has had a busy month, with their popular Risky Business event and a lunch forum with architect and current Federal MP Elizabeth Watson-Brown. Leanne Williams provides a recap.

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2023-10-16

Stepping Up on Safety & Wellness

16 October 2023

Join the ACA, Parlour and the Champions of Change Architecture Group for a key discussion about psychological safety and wellness on Monday 23 October. Book now for this informative CPD session with Neil Stonell and Gosha Hayley of Grimshaw and Tanya Awadallah of MHNDU in conversation with Jess Murphy and Justine Clark.

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2023-10-16

2001–2021 Parlour Census Report Analysis

16 October 2023

The latest Parlour Census Report: Gender & Diversity in Australian Architecture is a massive undertaking. It tracks 20 years of progress – some fast, some slow. The ACA is proud to support this important research. Download the full or summary reports, or read the condensed key findings here.

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2023-10-12

Integrated Strategies to Manage your People & Culture

12 October 2023

The ability to hire and retain great people remains as critical as ever. What strategies and management practices can you use to help support your people and projects? Join us on Wednesday 1 November for an informative webinar on how to tackle talent and resource management through uncertain times.

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2023-10-12

Upcoming Ardex CPD Webinars 2023

12 October 2023

Ardex Australia is offering a suite of CPD webinars from 18 October to 29 November 2023, which aim to educate and aid architects on the topics of managing moisture, slab preparation,  grout issues and waterproofing.

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2023-10-04

Beginnings – First Peoples’ Architecture

4 October 2023

The Regional Architecture Association (RAA) is collaborating with Gadhungal Marring to run Beginnings, an immersive weekend discovering Australia’s first architecture. Single day and three-day event tickets are still available.

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2023-09-27

New Ways of Working

27 September 2023

informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount for ACA members for its national webinar on New Ways of Working – Rethinking Office Design on Thursday 19 October, featuring Planned Cover Risk Manager Wendy Poulton and Hassell’s Commercial & Workplace Sector Leader, Ingrid Bakker.

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2023-09-27

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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2023-09-20

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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2023-09-03

Trivia Night 2023 recap

3 September 2023

The QLD/NT Committee were delighted to host another fantastic trivia night last month, with diverse teams united for a memorable evening. Former QLD/NT President and Trivia Master Rob Wesener returned to take the teams through their trivia paces, and Charmaine Kai and 8i Architects came out on top. Congratulations 8i Architects!

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2023-09-03

Stepping Up on Women in Ownership

3 September 2023

Join Parlour, the ACA and the Champions of Change Architecture Group for an important discussion about overcoming the structural and cultural challenges to women attaining ownership positions in larger practices. Speakers include Brett Hudson of Peddle Thorp, Ninotschka Titchkosky of BVN and Gordana Milosevska of Management for Design in conversation with Angelina Pillai and Justine Clark. Book now!!

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2023-09-02

CEO Report – September 2023

2 September 2023

The ACA RAP has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reports on this fantastic achievement as well as the ACA’s recent activities, including new regional and university engagement working groups, attendance at ACIF’s quarterly conference and the ACA’s own recent NEC gathering in Hobart.

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2023-08-31

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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2023-08-30

What are candidates looking for?

30 August 2023

The ACA SA Committee invites you to our next Practice Managers lunch with Anna Roussos from ROUSSOS Recruitment. Anna will provide insight into recruitment and the architecture sector in Adelaide.

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2023-08-30

Submission to ANZSCO Comprehensive review

30 August 2023

The ACA recently made a submission to the ANZSCO Comprehensive Review to request a new sub-category title of ‘Graduate of Architecture’. This important addition will assist in creating a more accurate picture of the profession today with more meaningful predictions of future numbers for workforce planning.

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2023-08-24

Risky Business 2023

24 August 2023

Join the QLD/NT branch committee on Wednesday 13 September for the popular annual CPD Breakfast on legal, insurance and risk matters in practice. An expert panel, led by Karen Meiklejohn of Planned Cover, will update you on the latest trends and ongoing issues in practice.

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2023-08-24

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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2023-08-22

ACA Reflect RAP Endorsed by Reconciliation Australia

22 August 2023

The ACA is immensely proud to announce that our first Reconciliation Action Plan has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. Our RAP sets out a vision for a more equitable profession and places reconciliation at the heart of what we do.

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2023-08-21

Stepping Up on Pay Equity

21 August 2023

Join Parlour, the ACA and the Champions of Change Architecture Group for a special session on pay equity – just in time for Equal Pay Day. What is the data and what can we do to address pay inequity? Book now for an informative session with Gemma MacDonald of DKO and Linda Mason of Bates Smart, in conversation with Monica Edwards and Justine Clark.

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2023-08-09

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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2023-08-06

Stepping Up on Power & Privilege

6 August 2023

What are the demographic characteristics of practice leaders in the profession? How can they use their position to improve equity for all? How can they support people different than themselves to rise through the profession? Join Parlour, the ACA and the Champions of Change Architecture Group online on Monday 14 August for an important conversation about power and privilege.

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2023-08-02

QLD/NT event recaps

2 August 2023

The ACA QLD/NT President Gilda Donegan was delighted to make it over to Darwin in late July for the Good Habits Seminar, a highly informative session with speakers from Planned Cover. The QLD/NT Committee was also pleased to host their annual Corporate & National Partners Breakfast.

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2023-08-02

President’s Comment – August 2023

2 August 2023

It’s been a busy month of advocacy for the ACA. National President John Held outlines some of the ACA’s current advocacy work and emphasises the importance of collaboration when trying to make a difference.

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2023-08-02

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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2023-07-24

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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2023-07-24

Architects Registration Changes 2024

24 July 2023

From January 2024, the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) will follow the 2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA) – but what does this mean for graduates already on the road to registration? The following summary of changes to the APE was supplied by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA).

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2023-07-18

Client Choice Awards 2024

18 July 2023

Do you want to learn more about what your clients think of your practice and the service it provides? Enter the Client Choice Awards for 2024 and receive a special report of invaluable client feedback.

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2023-07-10

2023 Trivia Night

10 July 2023

Join the ACA Qld/NT Committee and Quiz Master Robert Wesener for the 2023 Dinner and Trivia Night on Friday 25 August.

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2023-07-10

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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2023-07-05

Contracts Toolkit 2023

5 July 2023

informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount for ACA members for its next national webinar on Contracts on 3 August, featuring Wendy Poulton and Felicity Dixon. The webinar will include an update on essential aspects of consultancy agreements.

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2023-07-05

Modern slavery research

5 July 2023

A shockingly high percentage of workers in the global construction industry are victims of modern slavery. How can Australian architects address the impacts of modern slavery on projects? Take the survey to help Curtin University researchers learn more.

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2023-07-03

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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2023-06-30

How to renew your ACA membership 2023/2024

30 June 2023

The ACA invites you to renew your membership so you can continue receiving the member-only benefits, assist us in our important work, and join others in the ACA community to come together as a profession. 

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2023-06-28

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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2023-06-28

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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2023-06-28

QLD/NT Update – June 2023

28 June 2023

In the last six months, the QLD/NT branch committee have been busy organising interesting and topical online events, providing networking opportunities, site tours and panel discussions, and advocating on the issues that matter to the profession.

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2023-06-28

CEO Report – June 2023

28 June 2023

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reviews the ACA’s work and priorities for the first six months of the year, with a focus on the relevant and practical, from advocacy and resources to equity, First Nations understanding, small business operations and mental wellbeing.

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2023-06-28

President’s Comment – June 2023

28 June 2023

ACA National President John Held reflects on education, ongoing learning, obstacles for students and graduates, and ACA advocacy and support of the latest research.

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2023-06-28

Gap Filler 24 Training Course

28 June 2023

The ACA, in association with Moss Architectural Learning, is pleased to support the ‘Gap Filler 24’ training course, with a 10% discount on offer for all members. The next course will commence on 6 March 2024

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2023-06-26

Six ways to protect your business online

26 June 2023

Australian businesses are increasingly falling prey to cybercriminals, losing hundreds of millions of dollars every year. When there is so much at stake, how are business leaders managing the ongoing threat and safeguarding future growth? Macquarie Business Banking provides some valuable tips.

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2023-06-25

SA Update – June 2023

25 June 2023

In 2023, the SA branch committee has focused on advocacy, mental wellbeing and events, with a welcome return of BoSP, a waterproofing presentation and a well-attended Sustainability roundtable.

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2023-06-20

AR Magazine Member Only Offer

20 June 2023

Through ACA’s continued partnership with Niche Media, we are delighted to offer ACA members a complimentary annual digital subscription to the Architectural Review (AR) Magazine.

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2023-06-20

Adelaide event – Reconciliation Action Plans

20 June 2023

To celebrate the ACA’s soon-to-be-endorsed RAP, the SA committee has organised a special presentation on Reconciliation Action Plans in Adelaide on Thursday 6 July.

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2023-06-20

Darwin Event – Risk Update

20 June 2023

The ACA and Planned Cover will run a timely face-to-face seminar in Darwin on Wednesday 26 July on managing risk, avoiding common insurance claims and developing good habits in practice. Book now!

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2023-06-20

SA Business of Design Lunch 2023

20 June 2023

The ACA SA Committee is delighted to welcome guest speaker Andrew Maynard from Austin Maynard Architects for their annual Business of Design lunch on Tuesday 22 August. Tickets selling fast. Don’t miss out!

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2023-06-02

James Cook University Site Tour

2 June 2023

Join the ACA QLD/NT committee on Thursday 22 June for a site tour of the James Cook University (JCU) Technology Innovation Complex in Townsville. Although still in the final stages of construction, this event is a great opportunity to see the building before it’s opened. Book now!

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2023-06-02

2023 Sustainability Awards

2 June 2023

Entries are now open for the 2023 Sustainability Awards, to be held alongside a Sustainability Summit on 9 November. ACA members are eligible for a 20% discount on entries, which close on Friday 30 June.

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2023-05-31

Wellbeing of Architects project – new insights

31 May 2023

The Wellbeing of Architects project has released its major report on a series of focus groups conducted between May and June 2022 with nearly 70 people working in the architecture profession in Australia. The focus groups identified a wide range of complex issues and discussed solutions and ways forward.

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2023-05-31

CEO Update – Reconciliation Week 2023

31 May 2023

As we approach the end of National Reconciliation Week, ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reflects on the key themes of reconciliation, the new Competencies for understanding and designing with Country, the ACA’s work in sharing relevant resources, and an inspirational mini tour of Sydney's new Deloitte building with Professor Deen Sanders.

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2023-05-27

Stepping Up on Supporting Care

27 May 2023

Join Parlour, the ACA and the Champions of Change Architecture Group for a lively discussion about creating greater equity for everyone with caring responsibilities. Don’t miss this thought-provoking session with Alex Small of Cox Architecture, Rebecca Buffington of BVN and Jana Perkovic of PITH and Designing for Fertility, in conversation with Angelina Pillai and Justine Clark.

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2023-05-25

Graduate Employability Survey Results

25 May 2023

Griffith University researcher Sebastian Smith unpacks the results of the recent Graduate Employability Survey, outlining interesting perspectives on Work-Integrated Learning and Student/Graduate Employability.

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2023-05-22

Adelaide Waterproofing Presentation

22 May 2023

Join the ACA SA committee and Paul Ratcliff for an invaluable, practical CPD presentation on the assessment of waterproofing design for bathrooms and balconies. Joel Clough and Adam McGlone from Ardex will also join us for a panel discussion.

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2023-05-18

WA Business of Design 2023

18 May 2023

ACA WA proudly announces that Nolan Hunter, a signatory to the Uluru Statement and Head of Engagement at The Uluru Dialogue, will join us at this year’s Business of Design Lunch on 16 June.

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2023-05-16

Brisbane Lunch Discussion – Construction Cost Inflation

16 May 2023

Join the ACA QLD/NT committee for a lunch presentation and panel discussion focused on construction cost volatility and the future economic outlook. Book now to reserve your place.

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2023-05-15

Top Priorities for Practice Leaders

15 May 2023

Join Deltek’s Linda Dininger and the ACA’s Matt Tence as they explore the data behind industry trends from the soon-to-be-released 2023 Deltek Clarity Report. Discussion topics will include technology trends, business strategies and policies, workplace issues and business development.

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2023-05-10

ACIF November 2023 Forecasts – Free to ACA members

10 May 2023

The Australian Construction Industry Forum November 2023 Forecasts are available now. ACA members have free access to the ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard as a member-only benefit.

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2023-05-09

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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2023-05-08

BoSP – A Series Profile

8 May 2023

The ACA’s BoSP, or Business of Small Practice Forum, was created in Western Australia in 2018, providing the opportunity for small practice owners to meet up, listen to experts, share knowledge and learn from each other. BoSP founder Kate Fitzgerald shares her insights about the series genesis, motivations and plans for the future.

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2023-05-05

Five Practical Steps to Attract & Retain Top Talent

5 May 2023

Finding skilled, capable, and motivated staff has become an increasing challenge for Australian businesses, with the labour market at its tightest since the 1970s. What are the push and pull factors for candidates who have the pick of the market? Macquarie Bank shares how business leaders are winning the hearts and minds of great recruits.

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2023-05-02

Wellbeing of Architects follow-up survey 2023

2 May 2023

Improving mental wellbeing in practice is fundamental to the future of the profession. The ACA is proud to once again support the Wellbeing of Architects research project and encourages all to participate in this important follow-up survey on work-related wellbeing. So, take part, share your experiences, and assist with this important research.

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2023-04-29

On Presenteeism

29 April 2023

How do we work effectively and creatively? How can we maintain a commitment to high quality design and ensure that time spent at the desk is productive? Where do we do our best work, and under what circumstances? Join us on Monday 8 May for Stepping Up on Presenteeism, an invigorating conversation with John Prentice of Woods Bagot, Lynne Hancock of DesignInc and Lee Hillam of Dunn & Hillam.

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2023-04-24

SA BoSP Meaningful Marketing

24 April 2023

Join the ACA SA Committee for a BoSP presentation by Dave Sharp and panel, who will uncover the techniques you need to elevate your marketing and establish an authentic voice for your practice. 

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2023-04-17

Project Remediate – Pattern Book Update

17 April 2023

Join Hansen Yuncken and the Office of Project Remediate on Thursday 4 May for a CPD online event on the Project Remediate Pattern Book one year on. The in-person presentation and networking event has sold out, but there are still online tickets available (2 formal CPD points).

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2023-04-17

Working with the Budget

17 April 2023

informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount for ACA members for its next national webinar on Working with the Budget on 11 May, featuring Risk Manager Wendy Poulton and Architect Clare Cousins. Topics will include managing client budgets, contingencies, value management processes and price flexibility in contracts.

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2023-04-04

CEO Update – April 2023

4 April 2023

Last week ACA CEO Angelina Pillai was in Canberra to attend the Clean Air Forum to hear health professionals, scientists, researchers and leading voices from the built environment discuss clean indoor air, ventilation and COVID-safe design. It was a big week in Canberra, with legislation also going through on the Voice to Parliament, the Gender Pay Gap and the Safeguard Mechanism. Angelina provides an update.

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2023-04-01

First Step Towards an ACA RAP

1 April 2023

The ACA is thrilled to announce that we have submitted the first draft of our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan. This project has given our organisation the opportunity to deeply reflect on our purpose and ability to influence positive change.

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2023-03-31

Congratulations 8i Architects – Client Choice Awards winner 2023!

31 March 2023

Charmaine Kai, a valued member of the QLD/NT Committee and Director of 8i Architects, discusses the practice’s recent achievement – winning the Client Choice Awards Best Architecture Firm <$30M for 2023. Charmaine shares some insights on the process of collecting client feedback and what the key takeaways have been for the practice.

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2023-03-29

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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2023-03-29

HR Hotline with Catalina Consultants

29 March 2023

The ACA is delighted to announce a new partnership with respected HR specialists Catalina Consultants to provide human resources support services to members. ACA member practices are eligible for a 15-minute consultation each year on a range of matters related to people management and workplace culture.

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2023-03-27

So, you have been sued! What records will you need?

27 March 2023

Matters are won and lost based on the evidence put before the Court. Risk Manager Filomena Matti takes us through the the detailed and accurate records a defendant will need.

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2023-03-22

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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2023-03-09

ACA NEC March Meeting 2023

9 March 2023

The ACA’s National Executive Committee caught up face to face in Melbourne recently for two days of discussion, workshops, planning and guest industry speakers. WA President Kukame McPierzie highlights the key takeaways.

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2023-03-08

EAP Program off to a Flying Start

8 March 2023

The ACA’s Employee Assistance Program Trial has attracted strong interest, with 25 practices signing up so far. It’s not too late for ACA members to express their interest. You can register an EOI today!

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2023-02-28

Perth case study – The Towers & the Ritz Carlton

28 February 2023

The Towers & the Ritz Carlton, a resort-style development on the Swan River in Perth, was a project of epic proportions for Ardex, with 60,000 m2 of tiling products and 20,000 m2 of waterproofing products.

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2023-02-22

ACA National Salary Survey 2023

22 February 2023

The ACA National Salary Survey for 2023 is open for another year! Check your inboxes and please participate in this important industry research, an invaluable way to contribute to the health of the profession. The survey closes on 7 April 2023.

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2023-02-21

National Salary Survey FAQs

21 February 2023

The ACA National Salary Survey is back for 2023, providing important data on architectural salaries across Australia. For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions.

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2023-02-16

Adelaide Sustainability Roundtable

16 February 2023

The SA branch is pleased to present our first roundtable discussion for 2023, with Joe Karten, Head of Sustainability at Built; Paul Davy, Director at dsquared consulting; and Ken Long, Sustainability Manager Vic & SA, Lend Lease.

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2023-01-25

All Hallows School Tour

25 January 2023

Join the ACA QLD/NT on Tuesday 28 February for a special presentation and site tour of the Potter Building Adaptive Reuse Project at the All Hallows School in Brisbane.

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2023-01-24

Adelaide Welcome Breakfast

24 January 2023

The ACA SA committee will host its annual Welcome Breakfast at Luigi’s Delicatessen on Tuesday 21 February. Book now to reserve your place.

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2023-01-24

Why Practices Should Conduct Retention Interviews

24 January 2023

In 2023, talent attraction and retention promise to be ongoing challenges for Australian architecture. So, how do you hold on to the amazing talent you’ve got? Deltek outlines the benefits of conducting regular staff retention interviews and offers tips on how to conduct them.

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2023-01-24

Graduate Employability Research

24 January 2023

What skills and behaviours do you look for in your new graduates? Take the Graduate Employability Survey today to help researchers learn more about Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and its relationship to graduate employability.

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2023-01-24

ACA Member Survey 2023

24 January 2023

As we embark on another year in the business of architecture, the ACA seeks feedback from its members on their priorities and preferences for 2023. What topics would you like us to cover? What tools, resources and assistance would you find most useful for your practice? Take our five-minute survey today!

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2023-01-23

ACA EAP – Member-Only Offer

23 January 2023

ACA members are invited to join the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Trial, which delivers a high-quality EAP at a fraction of the cost. The EAP service is available from LifeWorks, a trusted mental health and wellbeing partner to over 15,000 organisations around the world.

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2023-01-09

WA Welcome to 2023 Breakfast

9 January 2023

The WA Committee is delighted to invite members to its annual Welcome Breakfast at Little Way in Nedlands for breakfast to kick off the new year.

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2022-12-08

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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2022-12-08

ACA Summer Reading & Listening List

8 December 2022

Australian summers, with their long country drives, plane rides and days at the beach, provide the perfect opportunity to read or listen to a great podcast. To get you in the holiday mood, we’ve compiled a list of reading material, courses and podcasts recommended by ACA staff and committee members around the country. Enjoy!

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2022-12-08

End-of-Year Reflections 2022

8 December 2022

As yet another year draws to a close, ACA CEO Angelina Pillai and ACA President John Held reflect on the hard work, activities and priorities of the ACA over 2022, and exciting plans for the year ahead.

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2022-12-07

SA Update 2022

7 December 2022

Advocacy, mental wellbeing and culture have been a strong focus for the SA Branch Committee in 2022, with highlights including the return of BoSP, the annual Business of Design Lunch and the first AMWF Toolkit event.

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2022-12-06

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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2022-12-06

QLD/NT 2022 Update

6 December 2022

In 2022, the QLD/NT branch committee were delighted to get back to doing what they do so well – providing interesting and topical face to face events, networking opportunities and bringing people back together for some much-missed in-person interactions.

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2022-12-06

WA 2022 Update

6 December 2022

The WA Committee has had another productive year, providing business advice relevant to our state, advocating on behalf of our members and many opportunities to socialise. Our WA Update provides a summary of the activities that have kept us busy in 2022.

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2022-11-11

2022 Annual General Meeting

11 November 2022

The Association of Consulting Architects Australia will hold its 2022 Annual General Meeting online on Monday 12 December 2022 at 4.30pm AEST to approve the 2022 General Purpose Financial Report.

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2022-11-09

President’s Comment – November 2022

9 November 2022

ACA President John Held takes us through the highs and lows of the month, from an uplifting NEC meeting in Adelaide to the profitless boom, regulatory battles and poor procurement practices, and the need to work towards better quality of life for practice owners, their staff, their clients, our society and the planet.

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2022-11-08

Measuring Employee Engagement

8 November 2022

Employee engagement surveys are becoming one of the most important leadership tools, having positive impacts on internal communication, problem solving and staff retention.

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2022-10-20

Financial Pathways for Small and Medium Practice

20 October 2022

The ACA Business of Small Practice (BoSP) forum and Daniel Bolt from Macquarie Bank will present an online session on finance for SME business on Thursday 10 November. Topics discussed will include financing growth, innovative business models, and the availability of funding for the traditional fee-for-service practice model.

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2022-10-20

WA End-of-Year Celebration

20 October 2022

WA President Kukame McPierzie and committee invite members to our annual End-of-Year Celebration! This year we’ll enjoy refreshments and friendship in the garden at Gordon Street Garage.

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2022-10-18

The Client Experience – Keep egos out of it!

18 October 2022

Congratulations to R Architecture, who won the Client Choice Awards earlier this year. R Architecture is a Melbourne-based small practice and an ACA member. Here, Director Gaurav Rajadhyax offers some sound advice on providing the best client experience.

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2022-10-12

CEO Update – October 2022

12 October 2022

After a recent jampacked ACA NEC meeting in Adelaide, Angelina Pillai reflects on the strong connections between fees, the value of architecture and mental welllbeing within the profession, and introduces relevant ACA activities in the coming months.

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2022-09-30

How to Protect your Data

30 September 2022

How worried should you be about the recent Optus data breach? Well, worried, but so should everyone be – Optus customer or not. Frances Russell from FooForce offers some valuable advice about data protection.

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2022-09-26

SA Christmas Celebration

26 September 2022

ACA SA and National President John Held and the SA Branch Committee are hosting Christmas Drinks at The Gilbert Hotel on 29 November.

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2022-09-16

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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2022-09-15

How practices can prepare for the future

15 September 2022

Amid continued change, how are architecture firms preparing for the future? ACA CEO Angelina Pillai shares her thoughts on the Deltek Clarity A&E Study results.

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2022-09-14

SA Business of Design Lunch recap

14 September 2022

The SA Committee was delighted to host the fourth annual Business of Design lunch on Thursday 18 August with guest speakers Lindsay and Kerry Clare. Several attendees share their reflections here.

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2022-09-11

President’s Comment – September 2022

11 September 2022

Pandemics, personal tragedies and economic downturns strike unexpectedly. We need to look for ways to support others and help our profession be better, writes ACA National President John Held.

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2022-09-05

Performance Solution Reports & Certificates

5 September 2022

Reviewing reports and certificates relating to performance solutions is one of the most common requests Planned Cover has received in 2022, and 2021 before that. Risk Manager Wendy Poulton outlines some key factors to consider.

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2022-09-05

Long COVID Research Study

5 September 2022

La Trobe University researchers seek volunteer research participants for a short online study on ‘Supporting Employees with Long COVID’.

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2022-08-23

WA WHS Legislation Uncovered

23 August 2022

Join the WA branch for an in-depth look at the changes to the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WA) and the implications for architects. This online event is not to be missed!

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2022-08-22

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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2022-08-10

5 Benefits of Improving PIM at your Practice

10 August 2022

Deltek shows how improving your project information management processes will enhance document and email management for your practice.

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2022-08-10

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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2022-08-05

CEO Update – August 2022

5 August 2022

Angelina Pillai outlines ACA activity and priorities for the last few months, with a focus on workplace culture and wellbeing, research, advocacy, industry collaboration, and plans for the year ahead.

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2022-08-04

Mutual Recognition in SA

4 August 2022

Automatic Mutual Recognition is now available in South Australia for accredited building professionals to operate using their interstate licences.

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2022-08-04

Waterproofing Case Study – Little Lane ELC

4 August 2022

The Little Lane Early Learning Centre in Manly uses a complete waterproofing system to help overcome the challenges of the site in a quick, efficient manner.

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2022-08-04

The Client Brief & Managing Fees

4 August 2022

The QLD/NT Committee is hosting a lunch forum on Wednesday 24 August on The Client Brief and Managing Your Fees. Join guest speakers Lawrence Toaldo from Conrad Gargett, Mark Williams from Mark Williams Architects and Darren Cardy from Ashburner Francis, with moderator David Brian from dwp Architects.

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2022-07-27

Disrupting the System – addressing sexual harassment

27 July 2022

‘Disrupting the System: Preventing and responding to workplace sexual harassment’, a report from the Champions of Change Coalition, aims to shift the way we understand and respond to sexual harassment. The document provides a comprehensive practical guide for organisations and workplaces.

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2022-07-25

Specifying for Green Star Buildings

25 July 2022

The Green Building Council of Australia has published Specifying for Green Star Buildings using NATSPEC, an indispensable resource for designing sustainability into a project.

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2022-07-21

St John Mental Health First Aid Course

21 July 2022

The SA branch is proud to offer members the opportunity to participate in the St John Mental Health First Aid Training at a reduced price.

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2022-07-20

SA Committee Changes

20 July 2022

The SA Committee would like to thank outgoing members Ian Hore, Graham Hardy and Simon Thomson, and introduce three new members – Simon Frost, Katherine Dujmovic and Michael Hegarty. Welcome to all!

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2022-07-19

SA Business of Design Lunch

19 July 2022

The ACA SA Committee is hosting its 5th annual Business of Design lunch with guest speakers Kerry and Lindsay Clare from Clare Design on 18 August.

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2022-07-14

SA Update – July 2022

14 July 2022

The ACA SA has had a strong focus on advocacy, mental wellbeing and culture, and has welcomed the return of BoSP.

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2022-07-12

QLD/NT Update – July 2022

12 July 2022

QLD/NT President Gilda Donegan provides a recap of the first six months of 2022, where the branch committee has continued to learn to be adaptable.

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2022-07-11

WA Update – July 2022

11 July 2022

The ACA in WA continues to go from strength to strength, with 82 member practices representing nearly 600 staff. Advocacy on the National Registration Framework is currently a major focus for the WA Committee.

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2022-07-05

QUT survey on Early Contractor Involvement

5 July 2022

A QUT research study seeks architects to participate in a 15-minute survey on ECI infrastructure projects in Australia. Please take the time to participate in this much-needed research from QUT.

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2022-06-24

Trends & Challenges in Practice

24 June 2022

Architecture and engineering firms across the Asia Pacific describe the business challenges they are currently facing and how they are planning to overcome them.

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2022-06-22

President’s Comment – June 2022

22 June 2022

ACA National President John Held discusses some of the current issues dogging the construction industry, including price rises, materials shortages, labour scarcity and delays, and the resultant impacts on building contracts.

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2022-06-20

Bushfire Resilience and Design

20 June 2022

Join the ACA NSW/ACT Committee on Thursday 21 July for a Zoom presentation by Nigel Bell, architect and expert in the design of bushfire compliant buildings.

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2022-06-20

SA Practice Managers Lunch – Cybercrime

20 June 2022

Join the ACA SA committee, Planned Cover and Blue Zebra Insurance for our next Practice Managers Lunch on 21 July, which will tackle the timely topic of cybercrime and how to reduce risk.

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2022-06-15

WA Business of Design Lunch

15 June 2022

ACA WA invites you to our annual Business of Design Lunch with special guest speaker, Dale Alcock.

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2022-06-14

Business of Small Practice – Meaningful Marketing

14 June 2022

On Friday 24 June, ACA WA will uncover the tips and techniques you need to elevate your marketing and establish an authentic voice for your business.

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2022-06-10

Changes to National Construction Code

10 June 2022

Join the ACA NSW/ACT committee on Wednesday 29 June for a special presentation on the changes and updates to the NCC with Luke Sheehy from Design Confidence.

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2022-06-07

Practice pressures and opportunities

7 June 2022

How can architects tackle technology, rising costs and the race to secure great talent? Deltek and the ACA hosted a roundtable to find out.

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2022-06-07

Reducing the impacts of cyber attack

7 June 2022

Cyber attack, data loss and cyber extortion are top risks for Australian practices. Planned Cover highlights the impact of cybercrime, some of the cyber hygiene practices that can reduce threats, and the role of cyber insurance.

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2022-11-09

ACIF November Forecast – Free to ACA members

9 November 2022

The Australian Construction Industry Forum November 2022 Forecast is available from Tuesday 15 November. ACA members have free access to the ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard as a member-only benefit.

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2022-05-18

Welcome to our new QLD/NT Committee members

18 May 2022

The QLD/NT Committee thanks their outgoing members and introduces four new members – Ben Madden, Mark Kennedy, Justine Ebzery and Adam Perrier. Welcome to all!

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2022-05-11

President’s Comment – May 2022

11 May 2022

ACA President John Held reviews the ACA’s advocacy, activities and priorities over the last six months, covering automatic mutual recognition, flexibility, mental wellbeing and equity in practice.

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2022-05-09

How does your practice compare?

9 May 2022

Watch a CPD webinar examining the results of the 2022 Deltek Clarity Architecture and Engineering survey with guest speakers Megan Miller and Matthew Tence. Understand the current state of the industry in the Asia Pacific and learn about critical benchmarks to help you succeed and stand out against the competition.

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2022-05-03

The engine of growth

3 May 2022

Join the ACA SA committee and Warwick Mihaly from Mihaly Slocombe for our next Business of Small Practice event on 24 May. Book now!

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2022-04-26

Rethinking Leadership

26 April 2022

The Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum QLD/NT is running an online session on Thursday 5 May on rethinking leadership with a view to improving the wellbeing and contribution of all in practice.

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2022-04-06

ACA Elections 2022

6 April 2022

It is an election year for all ACA branches! Nominations for election to the ACA committees open on 7 April and close on 21 April 2022.

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2022-04-06

Sydney event – Becoming fearless in practice

6 April 2022

Join Michael Lewarne and the NSW/ACT branch on Wednesday 27 April for a presentation on reshaping practice and exploring new possibilities. Don’t miss our first Sydney face to face event for the year.

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2022-04-05

Moving beyond spreadsheets

5 April 2022

Spreadsheets play a pivotal role in business, but for many practices they have their challenges, from version control to errors to wasted time. Is it time to move beyond spreadsheets in your practice?

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2023-04-29

Stepping Up!

29 April 2023

The ACA is delighted to continue the Stepping Up series for 2023, a collaborative event and editorial series with Parlour and the Architecture Group of the Champions of Change. See CPD offerings from 2022 and the full event calendar for 2023.

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2022-03-15

Five Tips for Succession Planning

15 March 2022

Danny Chung, National Head of the Built Environment with Macquarie Business Banking, offers valuable succession planning advice, outlining five factors that will ensure you receive full value for your practice when the time comes to sell.

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2022-03-10

WA Update – NRF, Local Government Reform and More

10 March 2022

The WA branch has had a busy start to the year on the advocacy front, with two major projects dominating our efforts and a strengthening of our collaboration with industry partners.

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2022-03-09

CEO Update – March 2022

9 March 2022

As we leave International Women’s Day behind for another year, ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reflects on the broad issue of equity in practice, touching on pay equity, neurodiversity, and a forthcoming collaborative series called Stepping Up. 

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2022-03-09

New Plumbing Courses

9 March 2022

The ABCB has announced the release of two NCC CPD courses on plumbing, one on heated water services and the other on how to comply with the PCA.

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2022-03-09

Alternative Dispute Resolutions for Consultants

9 March 2022

Vesna Koteska, Risk Manager from informed by Planned Cover, unpacks the detail of alternative dispute resolution for consultants through the prism of PI insurance.

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2022-03-07

Richard Choy Wins AIA Prize!

7 March 2022

Congratulations to NATSPEC CEO Richard Choy, who has been awarded the 2022 Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter President’s Prize by Dr Michael Lavery. 

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2022-03-06

Resource Management & Profitability

6 March 2022

ACA Partner Deltek spoke to architecture industry leaders Mark Murphy from Fender Katsalidis and Scott Huston from DesignInc Sydney to learn the key to successful resource management and its effects on their businesses.

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2022-03-05

Innovation, Collaboration & Training for Better Outcomes

5 March 2022

Ardex National Specification and Training Manager Joel Clough says that the current demand for improved innovation in waterproofing, and increasing collaboration with architects during the specification phase, will lead to better outcomes and ultimately help return trust to the industry.

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2022-03-05

SA Announces State Sponsorship

5 March 2022

The ACA SA branch is delighted to announce their continued involvement with ROUSSOS Recruitment as their 2022 State Sponsor.

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2022-03-05

SA Breakfast – 5 April

5 March 2022

The SA committee has organised a breakfast catch-up at Luigi’s Delicatessen on Tuesday 5 April. Save the date! 

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2022-03-04

Succession Planning Online Event with Macquarie Bank

4 March 2022

The WA and SA branches are running an online session on the succession planning process with Macquarie Bank’s Daniel Bolt on Friday 1 April.

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2022-02-20

Priorities for Regional Architects

20 February 2022

Join the ACA QLD/NT on Tuesday 22 February to discuss key industry priorities for regional architects. Don’t miss it!

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2022-02-14

Ventilation Critical Action Summit 2022

14 February 2022

Building industry professionals are invited to join a timely conversation on creating safe indoor environments with a two-day virtual national ventilation summit on 24–25 February 2022, organised by AMCA Australia. An impressive list of speakers from government, academia, media and multiple disciplines in the building industry will share their expertise

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2022-02-09

SA Virtual Roundtables

9 February 2022

The SA Committee will host a series of online roundtable discussions from 16–22 February for SA members to share challenges, ask questions and support each other. 

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2022-02-09

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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2022-01-31

Qld Trivia Night 2022 – Prepare Early

31 January 2022

The QLD/NT Committee’s Trivia Night has had to be postponed, but it’s not too early to start prepping with practice-based trivia sessions.

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2022-01-31

COVID Roundtable Discussion

31 January 2022

ACA members are invited to a virtual roundtable on Friday 4 February to discuss the challenges facing architectural practices over the coming months. Join ACA National President John Held, IR Advisor Tom Earls, ACA CEO Angelina Pillai and representatives from a number of practices for this important conversation.

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2022-01-30

Save the Date – Darwin Lunch

30 January 2022

The ACA QLD/NT will host a special lunch in Darwin for members and non-members on 17 February. Keep an eye on your inboxes for more details.

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2022-01-18

Leah Lang Virtual Roundtable

18 January 2022

Join the ACA – QLD/NT and Queensland Government Architect Leah Lang on Wednesday 2 February to discuss key industry priorities for the year ahead.

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2022-01-12

WA Welcome to 2022 Breakfast

12 January 2022

The WA Branch is kicking off the year with a relaxed breakfast shared amongst our committee, members, and special invited guests.

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2022-01-11

President's Comment – January 2022

11 January 2022

As we embark on another pandemic year full of uncertainty and disruption, John Held invites members to ask questions and give feedback to help the ACA provide assistance in the months ahead.

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2022-01-11

2022 – Have Your Say!

11 January 2022

The ACA seeks feedback from members to help inform our work and plans for 2022. Please take the time to fill out our quick questionnaire.

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2021-12-13

NCC-Compliant Stairways

13 December 2021

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released a new NCC CPD course on Stairways for practitioners who design, construct and certify stairways in residential and commercial buildings.

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2021-12-09

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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2021-12-08

Agi Sterling Receives Life Fellowship

8 December 2021

Congratulations to the ACA’s NSW/ACT President and Vice-President of ACA National, Agi Sterling for receiving the honour of a Life Fellowship with the Australian Institute of Architects. Well-deserved and well done!

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2021-12-08

Favourite Podcasts for Summer

8 December 2021

We are big fans of sharing knowledge and learning through conversation. Emma Brain has compiled a list of some of her favourite podcasts to get stuck into once the end-of-year stress has passed.

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2021-12-08

2021: A Year in Review

8 December 2021

CEO Angelina Pillai reviews the ACA’s work and priorities for the year, from connection and collegiality to advocacy, partnerships, timely information and good communication.

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2021-12-07

WA 2021 – Advocacy, Connection & Information

7 December 2021

The key focus for the WA committee in 2021 has been to advocate, connect and inform, with ongoing advocacy for policy improvements with government Ministers and key decision makers within the built environment.

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2021-12-07

SA 2021 – Advocacy, Collaboration & Events

7 December 2021

The ACA – SA has been active this year in a number of areas, including events, mental wellbeing, advocacy and consultation with other professional bodies.

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2021-12-06

President’s Comment – December 2021

6 December 2021

As we prepare to farewell 2021, ACA President John Held reflects on the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned over the last year.

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2021-12-06

AWMF Recap 2021

6 December 2021

Promoting mental wellbeing in the profession has never been more important. The following recap highlights the wonderful work being done in the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forums around the country.

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2021-12-04

QLD/NT 2021 – Events, Advocacy & Regional Focus

4 December 2021

It’s been a busy year for the QLD/NT branch with a full event calendar, a continuation of ongoing advocacy discussions with local governments, and a focus on engagement with the regions.

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2021-11-11

Xmas Drinks in Perth

11 November 2021

WA President, Kukame McPierzie, and committee invite members to join us for our annual Rooftop Drinks at the Alex Hotel on 26 November.

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2021-11-11

Xmas Drinks in Canberra

11 November 2021

Save the date for the Canberra end-of-year Christmas drinks at the Howling Moon Rooftop Bar on Tuesday 14 December.

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2021-11-11

SA Xmas Drinks

11 November 2021

ACA – SA and National President, John Held, and SA Committee invite members to join us for Christmas Drinks at Roxie’s.

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2021-11-11

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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2021-11-11

Understanding Standards

11 November 2021

The ABCB is offering a 20% discount as an introductory offer for its newly released one-hour NCC CPD course on understanding Australian Standards and other NCC referenced documents.

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2021-11-11

Retaining Architecture Talent

11 November 2021

Finding and keeping the right people in architecture practice is a constant challenge, but particularly so in the current climate. Watch Scott Huston and Tara Keast from DesignInc Sydney deliver an in-depth presentation about best practices for managing talent.

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2021-11-10

President’s Comment – November 2021

10 November 2021

The effects of low fees and long hours on mental wellbeing in the architecture profession is becoming increasingly clear, but if fees went up, would the time or the profit trickle down? John Held explores the issues.

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2021-11-10

PI Insurance & Risk Mitigation

10 November 2021

In late 2021 it was timely to revisit the important topic of PI insurance, with a focus on current and future trends, cladding exclusions, compliance risks and rectification. Watch legal and insurance experts from Planned Cover and MinterEllison deliver this formal CPD presentation today.

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2021-11-10

November courses – Waterproofing, Tiling & Flooring

10 November 2021

ARDEX Australia is offering a suite of online formal CPD training courses in November, which aim to educate and aid architects on the topics of waterproofing, tiling and flooring systems.

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2021-11-09

Confidentiality in Practice

9 November 2021

Confidentiality agreements are common in practice, but how do you manage them? Cordilia Thomas, Risk Manager from Planned Cover, takes us through the basics and offers tips on managing your confidentiality obligations.

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2021-11-06

ACIF Forecasts – November 2021

6 November 2021

AICF has released its Construction Industry Forecast for November 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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2021-11-03

The Importance of Social Housing

3 November 2021

Join Mecca Events and a panel of social housing design and development professionals on 17 November for a comprehensive discussion on sustainable social housing.

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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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2021-10-08

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 has an exclusive discount offer for ACA members. Entrants gain valuable insights and client feedback. The deadline for entries is 30 November.

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2021-09-27

Getting Confident with Contracts

27 September 2021

informed by Planned Cover will run the second part of its Contract Fundamentals webinar series covering Industry Pro Forma Contracts on 23 November. 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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2021-08-24

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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2021-06-25

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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2021-05-12

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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2021-04-14

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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2021-01-29

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

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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2020-08-25

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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2024-01-18

CPD Webinars On Demand

18 January 2024

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

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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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2018-12-12

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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2018-08-23

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.