News

Keeping you up-to-date with all things ACA, and news and items of interest from across the profession and the industry.

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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2024-06-13

ACA Advocacy – June Update

13 June 2024

The ACA is actively working to amplify its voice on issues relevant to its members, the business of architecture, and practitioners’ wellbeing. We are intensifying our advocacy initiatives as we continue positioning ourselves as a vital link between the architecture profession and policymakers. 

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2024-05-15

Engineered stone prohibition from 1 July 2024

15 May 2024

New engineered stone benchtops, panels and slabs will be prohibited in Australia from 1 July 2024. Commonwealth, State and Territory Work Health and Safety (WHS) Ministers have agreed to a number of key implementation matters, with some adopting six-month transitional periods.

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2024-05-14

National Reconciliation Week 2024

14 May 2024

Reconciliation Week (27 May–3 June 2024) is an opportunity to engage with First Nations culture, truth-telling and continuous living history. Each year, Reconciliation Australia collates a list of public events in each state and territory. It’s a fantastic resource for practices keen to celebrate and acknowledge the week. We encourage members to register for a local event and get involved.

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2024-04-17

Action and connection in the regions

17 April 2024

The recent BES•Tville event in Townsville was a huge success, attracting a diverse audience of 195 people, all eager to hear from speakers Andrew Maynard and Adam Haddow, and facilitator Helen Norrie. Chief organiser Zammi Rohan from Counterpoint Architecture discusses the foundation and objectives of BES•Tville, future plans, and the importance of connection and action in the regions.

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2024-04-08

Congratulations Feather & Lawry Design!

8 April 2024

Congratulations to ACA member practice Feather & Lawry Design, who recently won the 2024 Client Choice Award for Best Architecture Firm <$30M. Here, the Toowoomba-based regional design team share some insights into the Client Choice process and what the national achievement means for the practice.

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2024-03-12

Corporate Social Responsibility Programs

12 March 2024

In an era where corporate accountability is paramount, practices increasingly recognise the importance of integrating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into their operations. Alicia Brown from New Doors has developed a new guide on CSR for architects, highlighting key details for six CSR programs.

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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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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

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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2023-11-06

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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2023-10-31

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

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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2023-10-17

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

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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2023-09-27

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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2023-08-31

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

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

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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2023-08-02

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

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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2023-07-05

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

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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2023-06-25

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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2023-05-31

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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2023-05-25

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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2024-05-30

ACIF May 2024 Forecasts – Free to ACA members

30 May 2024

The Australian Construction Industry Forum May 2024 Forecasts were launched in late May after an enormous amount of work by the ACIF forecasters, and two meetings of the Construction Forecasting Council to provide guidance and oversight. ACA members have free access to the ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard as a member-only benefit.

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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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2023-05-02

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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2023-04-01

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

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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2023-03-09

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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2023-02-22

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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2023-01-24

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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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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2022-12-07

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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2022-10-18

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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2022-09-05

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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2022-08-04

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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2022-07-27

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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2022-07-14

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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2022-11-09

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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2022-04-06

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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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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2022-03-10

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

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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2022-03-07

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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2022-03-05

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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2022-02-09

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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2022-01-11

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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2021-12-09

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

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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2021-11-06

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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2021-10-13

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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2021-10-04

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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2021-09-09

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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2021-08-23

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

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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2021-07-14

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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2021-06-28

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

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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2021-05-08

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

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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2021-04-14

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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2021-03-10

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

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

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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2021-02-28

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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2021-02-08

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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2021-02-05

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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2021-01-31

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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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

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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2020-11-29

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

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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2020-10-27

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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2020-09-28

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

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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2020-08-25

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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2020-08-06

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

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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2020-06-17

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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2020-06-10

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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2020-06-08

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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2020-05-25

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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2020-03-17

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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2020-02-04

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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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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2019-10-01

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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2019-07-30

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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2019-05-21

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

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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2019-05-09

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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2019-05-07

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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2019-03-27

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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2019-02-07

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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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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2018-09-21

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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2018-02-20

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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2017-08-21

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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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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