News

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

1970-01-01

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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WA Member Survey

30 January 2021

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NexSys IT Member Offer

29 November 2020

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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MCC Report on Sexual Harassment

23 September 2020

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

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ACA - VIC/TAS News - August 2020

25 August 2020

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

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Stage 3 and 4 Restrictions in Victoria

11 August 2020

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

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard

27 March 2019

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

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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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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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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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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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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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NSW Security of Payment Act

17 December 2018

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

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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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ACA Elections 2018

26 November 2018

STAGE 2 of the 2018 ACA Elections for all ACA Branches are now open.
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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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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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New Building Product Ban in NSW

27 August 2018

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

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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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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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Single Sign-on for ACA

21 May 2018

Announcing improved access to the ACA Member Toolbox.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.