ACA Pulse Check 4 - Preliminary Findings
Announcing the preliminary results of Pulse Check no. 4
Pulse Check 4
Please take the ACA Pulse Check, the last checkup of 2020. DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL COB MONDAY 19 OCTOBER.
NexSys IT Member Offer
The ACA’s new National Principal Partner, NexSys IT, is extending its support to ACA members with an exclusive offer of Autodesk licences at cost price.
Mental Wellbeing Forums Update
AMWF groups are already up and running across the ACA branches in the eastern states, with other branches following the lead shortly. Facilitators in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne offer an update on plans and how to get involved.
ACA Industrial Relations & Employment Advice Service
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.
CEO Update - October 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.
Industrial Relations Update
This IR update relates to recent changes to two modern awards regarding payment of wages on termination, and further clarification on an Architects Award clause relating to a pay scale for the new classification of Bachelor’s Degree with a Pathway to a Master of Architecture.
New ACA Partnership - Management for Design
The ACA is delighted to announce a new partnership with Management for Design to provide financial and business management support services to members.
ACA Response to National Registration Framework
The ACA, in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Architects, has responded to the ABCB’s discussion paper on the proposed national registration framework, pointing out the problematic lack of distinction made between a registered architect and building designer.
Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum in Australia
The ACA is delighted to take the lead on the development of an Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum (AMWF) in Australia, which will build on the great work being done by AMWF in the UK. Forums have already been held in Victoria and Queensland, with plans for all states in the works.
The ACA – Vic/Tas has released the results of the first VicPulse survey, revealing worrying levels of work cancelled or on hold. This does not bode well for the wider construction industry, given that architects are often the first professionals employed in the full process of designing and constructing buildings and places. On the other hand, architectural practices are well-positioned to play an active role in the recovery.
ACA - VIC/TAS News - 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.
Victoria: Taking the Pulse of the Profession
Data is powerful! Please take the VicPulse survey to assist advocacy efforts for the profession at a critical time for Victoria.
WA Update - August 2020
The WA branch committee provides an advocacy update and is delighted to welcome three new committee members.
Clarification of Stage 4 Restrictions
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.
COVID-19 Stage 4 Restrictions
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.
CEO Update - 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.
WA Advocacy & Business of Design
The WA branch is getting back into the swing of things, with an upcoming government meeting and the annual Business of Design lunch.
New Archibiz Course Available for ACA Members
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.
Fair Work Commission Wage Decision 2020
The Fair Work Commission has increased the national minimum wage and base rates of pay in modern awards by 1.75%. There will be a staged rollout of increases, with those relevant to the Architects Award to come into effect on 1 November 2020. Fair Work Lawyers Tom Earls provides an explainer.
Update on the Federal Industrial Awards 2020 Pay Rates Review
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has delayed handing down its decision on the minimum wage rates this year due to COVID-19.
ACA Branch Elections
It is an election year for all ACA branches in 2020, and we invite members to get involved.
ACA President’s Comment
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.
Pulse Check No. 3 - Preliminary Findings
The preliminary findings of the ACA Pulse Check No. 3 are out now. Concerns about workflow continue, but some projects have restarted and JobKeeper payments have enabled many practices to keep staff on. Mental wellbeing results are positive overall, with some toll on senior management. Practices are returning to the office and considering necessary changes.
Design and Building Practitioners Bill
On 3 June 2020, the NSW Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 successfully passed through Parliament.
ACA Pulse Check No. 3
Please take the ACA Pulse Check no. 3 – help us to understand what you are facing and the outcomes we need to secure for the profession. We must all plan and advocate for the future before it is too late!
WA Branch Update - May 2020
Highlights for 2020 for ACA – WA have been three successful online events and continued government advocacy.
VIC/TAS Branch Update - May 2020
The VIC/TAS Committee has been extremely busy this year with the Industrial Relations Committee's work and several timely new additions to the ACA Business Toolbox.
SA Branch Update - May 2020
The SA Committee has been focused on events, advocacy and engagement with government and industry and, in particular, with ongoing discussions relating to Government procurement policy.
QLD/NT Branch Update - May 2020
The QLD/NT Committee has focused on promoting the value of architects, industry engagement with representation on several committees, and a diverse program of events.
NSW/ACT Branch Update - May 2020
The NSW/ACT Committee made a rapid shift to events online, continued its important advocacy work, and instigated key initiatives for the ACA Business Toolbox.
ACA National Report 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.
ACA delighted to support Monash Mental Wellbeing Research project
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.
COVID-19 Guidelines for the Victorian Building and Construction Industry
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has released the latest version of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines for the building and construction industry in Victoria.
Culture and Wellbeing Presentation
The full video presentation of the Architects Leadership Series Culture + Wellbeing breakfast event is now available online.
South Australian Snapshot
The ACA – SA committee has completed a survey and organised a series of three broader roundtable video conferences to gauge member practice responses and experiences in the pandemic conditions currently in play. Very consistent themes emerged across all practices large and small.
Pulse Check No. 2 - Preliminary Results
The ACA has released the preliminary results of the ACA Pulse Check No. 2. Top line findings reveal serious concerns about workflow, financial impact and employment, but the survey also shows that architectural practices are adapting quickly to the changed working environments.
ACA President's Comment
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.
AACA National Examination Paper Postponed
Given the evolving Coronavirus situation across Australia, the AACA has postponed the APE National Examination Paper currently scheduled for 21 April until 18 August.
QLD/NT Update - March 2020
The QLD/NT branch’s latest update includes the recent vertical school site tour, the 2020 event calendar, advocacy, CPD, committee members and corporate partners.
Client Choice Awards Finalists 2020
The ACA is delighted to congratulate ACA member ArtMade Architects for being named as Best Architecture Firm (<$30m revenue) in the Client Choice Awards.
ACA President’s Comment
As disaster strikes, John Held discusses the importance of sharing knowledge and experiences, and the broader role of the architect in society.
CPD Webinars On Demand
Did you miss out on a particularly interesting webinar? Are you working towards fulfilling your CPD requirements? ACA CPD webinars and online events are now available for purchase on demand.
2020 National Program of Assessment
Applications for the AACA’s 2020 National Program of Assessment (NPrA) close 28 February 2020.
Survey on National Standard of Competency for Architects
The AACA seeks feedback on the National Standard of Competency for Architects. Have your say. Take the survey now!
CEO Update - February 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.
Bushfire Response: Information & Resources
The national bushfire crisis is devastating, and our hearts go out to all affected. The ACA offers the following information as a starting point, and will develop further resources and publish more in-depth information over time.
Architectural Education and the Profession
The ACA welcomes the release of the Architectural Education and the Profession in Australia and New Zealand, and looks forward to putting the knowledge to work and collaborating on future research.
NSW/ACT Update - Advocacy, Events and Engagement
The NSW/ACT Committee has had a strong focus on advocacy this year, joining other industry groups to lobby government for building reform.
2019 Industrial Relations Overview
The ACA continues to represent architectural employers on industrial relations matters, to keep members informed about changes that impact them, and to support architects to be fair and ethical employers. As 2019 comes to a close we review the changes that have occurred this year.
SA Update - Events, Advocacy & Getting Involved
In South Australia, 2019 was a year of events, advocacy and engagement with government and industry.
Qld/NT Update - A Jam-packed Calendar of Events, Surveys and Sponsorship
The ACA – Qld/NT committee had another busy year, with two surveys, an extensive calendar of events and increased membership and expansion of sponsorship.
Vic/Tas Update - Business Toolbox, IR & Events
The ACA – Vic/Tas Committee have had a busy year of advocacy, events and business tool development, with plenty more to come in 2020.
2019: A Year in Review
ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reviews events, advocacy and activity in 2019 and outlines plans for the year ahead.
WA Update - Survey, Events & Plans for 2020
The ACA – WA Committee offers an overview of 2019 and a glimpse of 2020’s upcoming initiatives.
NSW Design and Building Practitioners’ Bill
The ACA welcomes NSW draft legislation and supports the NSW Government’s efforts on building quality.
The Benefits of Client Feedback
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.
ACIF Forecasts - November 2019
The Australian Construction Industry Forum has released its Construction Industry Forecast for November 2019.
ARBV Seeks Examiners for APE Part 3 Interviews
The Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) is currently inviting expressions of interest for examiners for the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) Part 3 interviews, with closing date on 18 November.
CEO Update - 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.
Client Choice Awards 2020
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.
Events, Advocacy and Education in QLD/NT
Our Qld/NT branch update includes recent events, advocacy initiatives, education research and a couple of Save the Dates.
The Built Environment Channel
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.
Salary Survey Open Now!
Join us in developing knowledge about Australian architectural businesses by completing the 2019 ACA National Salary Survey!
Business of Design Lunch & Industry Updates in SA
The ACA – SA provides a review of activity over the last month, with events, new members and industry updates.
Business Toolbox Update & Events in Vic/Tas
The Vic/Tas committee talks events, ARBV nominations and the business toolbox.
Recent Advocacy & Future Events in NSW/ACT
The NSW/ACT committee offers an update on recent advocacy and outlines future events.
Future Plans, Mentoring & Prizes in WA
The ACA – WA recaps recent events and future plans, and talks mentoring schemes and prizes.
CEO Update - August 2019
Angelina Pillai reviews a very busy couple of months of advocacy and activity in the branches.
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.
ACA Response to BMF Decision
The BMF announcement to adopt a consistent national approach to reform in the Australian construction industry is welcome news.
Industry Groups Call for Australia-wide Action on Building Regulation
Five industry groups have issued a call for co-ordinated, nation-wide action on building regulation. The ACA supports this call, and is part of it through membership of the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF).
Victorian Government Leadership on Cladding
The release of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce Final Report and associated program of work is welcomed by the ACA, but the Federal Government must also take action to ensure a unified national approach.
ACA - QLD/NT Education Survey - Part 2
The ACA – QLD/NT Committee seeks practice owners and managers to take a short education survey on 'The Practice Experience'.
NSW/ACT July Branch Update
The NSW/ACT Committee is in planning mode, with several new events and initiatives planned for the coming months.
Consumer Confidence in the Title ‘Architect’
ACA – WA Committee member Kate Fitzgerald discusses the growing trend for incorrect use of the title ‘Architect’ in an age of declining consumer confidence, and how the time is right to reclaim the title.
SA Branch Update
The ACA – SA Committee announces three new upcoming events, welcomes a new sponsor, and outlines its most recent advocacy work with the DPTI.
Welcome Kukame McPierzie
ACA – WA is pleased to welcome Kukame McPierzie, design director at Gresley Abas, to our branch committee.
Congratulations Kukame McPierzie!
Congratulations to Kukame McPierzie on receiving the WA Emerging Architect Prize from the Australian Institute of Architects.
Joint Statement - Implementing the Building Confidence Report
The government must act now to ensure the design and construction of safe, well-constructed buildings and to restore public trust in Australia’s built environment.
The Qld/NT Committee has been busy this month, with events in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Darwin.
QLD/NT President's Report
As the end of the financial year approaches, QLD/NT Branch President Robert Wesener provides an update on the Committee's goals for the coming year.
CEO Update - 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.
Join the Chat and Get Involved
Chat Forum creator and ACA – NSW/ACT Vice President Michael Lewarne encourages all to get online and join the Chat.
ACA National Report 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.
Designing Support in the Modern World
Katie Vivian from the UK-based Architects Benevolent Society introduces us to the charity’s history, the modernisation of its support services and its current AnxietyArch campaign.
A Guide to Architecture and Wellbeing
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.
Professional and Technical Services now on the SA Product Register
Do you want your practice to be visible to SA State Government procurement staff? Then sign up to the SA Product Register.
WA Cladding Update
ACA – WA President Malcolm Jones gives an overview of the WA cladding audit, issues around ACP compliance, and some early next steps.
To Survey or Not to Survey
Our recent questionnaire about the ACA's National Salary Survey uncovered some interesting findings and observations. ACA CEO Angelina Pillai unpacks the results.
May 2019 ACIF Forecast
ACA members now have free access to the ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard, with the May forecast available from 14 May.
Shergold Weir Report Implementation
The Building Confidence Report Implementation Plan has now been released. What does it mean for the architecture profession? Where are the opportunities and what are the challenges? How is the ACA working on a response? We present a summary of the plan and ACA commentary for each state and territory.
President's Report - April 2019
National President John Held discusses long hours, unpaid internships and the value in getting involved.
CEO Update - April 2019
CEO Angelina Pillai reports on ACA advocacy, membership and the business toolkit, and finishes with a state by state wrap for March.
Improving the Salary Survey
The ACA is reviewing the operation of the National Salary Survey as part of the ongoing development of the resources offered to members, and we need your help. Please take our quick survey!
ACA Fair Work Submission
Help the ACA to understand how architectural practices recompense employees for overtime.
ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard
ACA members will now have free access to the ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard.
Registered Architects are on the List!
No more chasing around to find a JP to witness your Stat Dec. Registered architects are now authorised witnesses.
CEO Message - First Month in Office!
New CEO Angelina Pillai reviews her first month at the helm of the ACA.
ACA - QLD/NT March Update
The Qld/NT branch talks surveys, new members, events and the chance to secure some last points for the CPD year.
Lacrosse Fire VCAT Decision
In the coming weeks, the ACA will explore the detail of the Lacrosse Fire judgement and possible implications for architects.
The ACA Chat Forum
ACA – NSW/ACT Vice-President and mastermind of the national ACA Chat Forum, Michael Lewarne tells us a little about the ACA’s exciting new project.
VIC/TAS February Update
Matthew Tence provides an update on ACA – VIC/TAS plans for the year.
SA February Update
Issues raised at the ACA – SA's recent Welcome Breakfast will help to inform this year's calendar of roundtables, lobbying and major events.
ACA's First CEO Appointed
The ACA is delighted to announce the appointment of Angelina Pillai as Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Consulting Architects.
Futures Forum in the Works
The NSW/ACT branch is planning a three-week online forum with the mission to reconsider the culture of the architectural profession and the culture of building more widely, reports Michael Lewarne.
ACA - QLD/NT February Update
As we head into another busy year, David Brian offers a summary of news and events from the QLD/NT Branch Committee.
AACA Seeks Participants for Focus Groups
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.
AIA / ACA Digital Capability Survey
The ACA and the Institute have joined forces to run a National Digital Capability Survey.
ACA – QLD/NT has had a huge year of events, activity and advocacy – and there are two surveys to complete. The new year promises more action!
NSW Security of Payment Act
The NSW Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Amendment Bill 2018 has passed parliament.
Reflections from the ACA President
ACA National President and SA branch President John Held reflects on the year's achievements and the challenges ahead.
A Balanced Outlook for Construction
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.
Survey Results Available!
The second independent survey of business and practice management systems has uncovered some interesting findings.
December Update from Vic/Tas
The ACA – Vic/Tas branch has had a busy year, with a range of insightful events, continuing development of ACA tools, and important input to the Fair Work Commission.
Parlour Research and Data Analysis
New data analysis by Parlour's Gill Matthewson shows that we've seen some improvement in the stats for women architects, particularly registration and business ownership, but the gender pay gap persists and it's clear there is still much work to be done.
Architectural Education Survey
The AACA is leading a major study of architectural education and the profession. Take their 15-minute survey to help support this important work.
ACA Seeks New CEO
Looking for a new opportunity? The Association of Consulting Architects seeks a new Chief Executive Officer to work part-time with its fantastic national team.
Long Service Leave Changes
The Victorian Government has expanded the rights of employees regarding long service leave, effective from 1 November.
Welcome David Brian and Kevin Gerrard
The Qld/NT branch has two new Committee members. Welcome David Brian and Kevin Gerrard.
Presentations on State School Projects available
The recent ACA – Vic/Tas presentation on State School Projects was a great success, with excellent attendance and enlightening presentations on the VSBA process. Now you can download them!
Business Systems Survey 2018
How effective are your Practice Management Systems? Take our five-minute survey to help us uncover the best systems available, and to share our results.
ACA Member Offer - Fee Proposal Workshops
Blue Turtle Consulting is offering ACA members a 15% discounted rate for its Fee Proposal workshops in November 2018.
Report Identifies Widespread Sexual Harassment
The Australian Human Rights Commission has released the findings of its national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.
News from SA
The Roundtable with quantity surveyors, new school projects, and ongoing advocacy with government – John Held updates on all things ACA – SA.
John Held, New ACA National President
John Held, long-time ACA – SA President, is the new ACA National President. He introduces himself and plans for the future.
Farewell from Kieran Wong
ACA National President and WA Branch President Kieran Wong steps away from his leadership roles, and we thank him for all his passion and hard work.
Thank you Mark Williams
Thanks to Mark Williams for his hard work and commitment.
Welcome Robert Wesener
The ACA – Qld/NT has a new branch President. Congratulations to Robert Wesener! Robert will also be taking on the role of ACA National Treasurer.
Welcome Malcolm Jones
The ACA is delighted to announce the appointment of Malcolm Jones as President of the WA branch.
Submission to the Banking Royal Commission
The ACA has joined forces with the Institute and ArchiTeam to condemn the unfair treatment of industry-standard construction contracts by banks in a submission to the Banking Royal Commission.
New Building Product Ban in NSW
The NSW Commissioner for Fair Trading has announced a building product ban for certain types of aluminium composite panel (ACP) cladding.
New BIM Ready Report Released
The Queensland BIM Taskforce has released its findings from its recent BIM Survey.
ACA Announces New Partnership with BEC
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.
Research for Architects in Small Practice
Our colleagues at ArchiTeam are crowdfunding a research project to develop data and knowledge about small practice. We encourage practitioners at all scales to support.
ACA - Vic/Tas August Update
The ACA – Vic/Tas branch has had a busy few months, with elections, a business toolbox seminar and ongoing feedback on the Victorian Schools Capital Works program.
Mid-year Update from NSW/ACT
The ACA – NSW/ACT branch has planned a host of interesting events for the second half of 2018.
New AACA Study Launched
The ACA welcomes the AACA's new landmark study of “Architectural Education and the Profession in Australia”.
ACA Provides Valuable Input to New Architects Award
The ACA continues to advocate for its members as the Architects Award is reviewed by the Fair Work Commission.
ACA - SA Update
Have you have been involved in a project that has been impacted by the banks’ resistance to loan against ABIC or AS contracts? Tell us all about it!
Events and advocacy – John Held on ACA – SA activity.
President's Report - Key Initiatives and Future Plans
ACA National President Kieran Wong looks back at the year's key achievements, and lays out some plans for the future.
Single Sign-on for ACA
Announcing improved access to the ACA Member Toolbox.
The Latest News from NSW
ACA – NSW/ACT has had a busy month, with several events and initiatives.
How Do You Performance Review?
ACA – SA is developing advice for all members about the effective use of performance reviews. To get going we want to hear from you.
ACA Elections 2018
STAGE 2 of the 2018 ACA Elections for all ACA Branches are now open.
ACA - SA April Update
The latest advocacy and events in South Australia.
The latest from ACA - Vic/Tas
The ACA – Vic/Tas committee is focusing on updates to key ACA business tools.
Wanted: New Committee Members for ACA - WA
The WA Committee is on the hunt for new members.
We’re on Instagram!
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve joined Instagram!
Langoulant Review into WA Major State Projects
An inquiry led by former under treasurer, John Langoulant, into recent WA state government projects and contracts has revealed gross incompetence and highlighted the need for a major reformation to current procurement processes.
ACA Strategic Plan
The ACA is delighted to announce the release of its new Strategic Plan.
BIM Survey Qld
ACA – Qld/NT and the Australian Institute of Architects Qld have joined forces to investigate the use of BIM in Queensland.
News from the NEC
ACA National President Kieran Wong reports on the outcomes of a packed two days of discussion at the ACA's National Execultive Committee meeting.
Pro bono Legal Advice for ACA Members
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.
New BIM Taskforce
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.
News from SA
ACA – SA has a number of events and activities planned for 2018. John Held gives us a quick rundown.
Where is the ACA Heading in 2018?
A Year of Events for ACA - Qld/NT
ACA – Qld/NT President Mark Williams reflects on a year full of events and activity.
A Year of Projects for ACA - Vic/TAS
This year has been a fruitful one for ACA – Vic/Tas. The branch has developed and revised resources for the ACA Business Toolbox, negotiated the review of the Architects Award and established a new event series to increase opportunities for discussion and networking.
2017 Highlights from ACA - NSW/ACT
New ACA – NSW/ACT President Agi Sterling takes a closer look at the highlights of 2017.
ACA - WA the end of a busy year
ACA – WA has celebrated the end of a busy year, and there are many plans for the coming year.
SA Advocacy Update
As the year draws to a close, ACA – SA continues to fight for the rights of architects, and the importance of procurement processes that support quality outcomes for the community.
Call for NSW Design Review Panel Members
Government Architect NSW has launched a pilot design review program and is seeking highly qualified professionals to be part of the NSW State Design Review Panel.
Kieran Wong reviews 2017
ACA National President Kieran Wong reviews the ACA’s 30th year and outlines his plans for the future.
A Year of Highlights for ACA - SA
This year has been a busy one for ACA – SA, with increased membership and plenty of new initiatives for research, advocacy and engagement.
ACA - SA November Update
There is a real opportunity to work on the new 'design-led' schools program in South Australia. John Held explains – and how ACA can help.
Update on Building Products
Risk Manager Wendy Poulton offers a comprehensive update on the latest research and investigations on building product compliance in Australia.
Farewell and Thanks
Peter Hodge and Greg Howlett are retiring from the ACA – WA Committee. Thanks for all the work and wisdom!
What's New from ACA - Qld/NT
ACA – Qld/NT has had a busy month, with new members, a successful site tour and plans for the annual members’ dinner and trivia night.
ACA – NSW/ACT is moving ahead on a new program of events and initiatives.
Congratulations Michael Gay
Congratulations to Michael Gay, ACA – WA’s newest committee member, on being awarded the WA Emerging Architect Prize from the Australian Institute of Architects.
Building Community with ACA - NSW/ACT
An update from Agi Sterling, the new ACA – NSW/ACT President.
Help Test the New ACA Member Forum
The ACA is developing a new online forum for members – help test the beta version.
News from SA - August
30 years of ACA – SA. John Held outlines current work, and reviews the last year of advocacy and action.
ACA NEC meeting, Adelaide 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.
A Message from Kieran Wong, ACA National President Elect
Kieran Wong, ACA National President Elect, introduces himself and plans for the future of the ACA.
Thank you Steve Kennedy!
Steve Kennedy led the ACA for five years as National President. We pay tribute to Steve’s work, energy, enthusiasm and commitment, while he considers all that has been achieved and work still to be done.
News from South Australia
John Held with all the news from South Australia.
ACA - Vic/Tas update
ACA – Vic/Tas continues to work hard behind the scenes, and announces a new quarterly event program.
ACA Member Offer - 25% Discount on Upcoming informed Webinars
ACA members can save 25% on two great webinars from informed, as part of the ACA partnership with Planned Cover.
Welcome Agi Sterling
Introducing Agi Sterling, the new ACA – NSW / ACT President, and her plans for the year ahead.
Congratulations John Held!
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.
NSW releases new simplified Housing Code
ACA SA June Update
An update on activity from ACA - SA.
ACA - QLD /NT June Update
Recent activity from ACA – Qld/NT.
May News from SA
ACA – SA is forging ahead with advocacy around the procrement of STEM works and proposed changes to government contracts.
Farewell Theo Gaunt, Welcome Emma Brain
ACA – WA farewells Theo Gaunt and welcomes Emma Brain as the new branch executive officer.
SA April news
An update from ACA – SA.
Have Your Say on the Future of the WA Architectural Services Panel
The WA government is seeking input regarding the future of the Architectural Services Panel and new arrangements for commissioning architects for government projects.
Procuring Architectural Services - an Industry Discussion Paper
The ACA Industry Discussion Paper on Procuring Architectural Services aims to provoke conversation and thought about the role procurement plays in the development of our cities and communities.
ACA - Qld/NT Update
The ACA – Qld/NT has already hosted two of its monthly events for the year, with a series of site visits, roundtables and lunch forums still to come.
Time off in Lieu - New Rules
A surprise decision by the Fair Work Commission now requires employers to calculate time off in lieu (TOIL) at a rate of 1.5 hours for each hour of overtime worked for employees being paid at the Award rates.
Congratulations Catherine Baudet
Catherine Baudet's decades of advocacy for women in architecture has been recognised with the Paula Whitman Prize for Leadership Gender Equity.
ACA - WA Update
Best practice in procurement is top of the agenda for the ACA – WA this year, with several initiatives planned.
ACA - NSW/ACT Update
A series of roundtable discussions and the launch of two important business tools will be the focus of the ACA – NSW/ACT in coming months.
News from ACA - SA
The ACA – SA's latest update features a strong program of events and advocacy for 2017.
Learning Environment Opportunity Study
ACA – SA has been working closely with the SA Department of Education and Child Development to introduce a new type of planning study for schools.
News from SA
There is a lot planned in SA for 2017. John Held provides an update.
An update from the ACA National Executive Committee
Design WA Submissions
ACA – WA has submitted responses to four Design WA documents and policies.
Managing Mental Health
David Springett reports on the recent NSW ARB workshop looking at mental health in architecture.
ACA - Qld/NT Roundup
It's been busy at ACA – Qld / NT lately! We present a roundup of activity and introduce two committee members.
Seasons Greetings from Qld/NT
President Mark Williams reflects on a successful and busy year for ACA – QLd/NT.
Do Unto Others
ACA National President Steve Kennedy wishes all well, and urges architectural practices to look forward to 2017 with 'optimism for ourselves but also with optimism and generosity towards our staff'.
NSW/ACT 2016 Update
Agi Sterling, ACA – NSW / ACT Vice President, reflects on a successful year.
SA 2016: A year in review
President John Held reports on a busy year for ACA in South Australia. Membership has risen, there’s generally a better vibe about the amount of work around.
WA 2016 Update
It has been another busy year for the ACA in WA. President Kieran Wong gives an overview in his speech from the 2016 President's Cocktail Party.
Vic/Tas 2016 Update
President Paul Viney outlines the achievements of ACA – Vic/Tas for 2016.
ACA Financial Training
Greg Isaac provides an overview of the recent financial training program undertaken by all ACA elected members.
ACIF Forecasts - November 2016
ACIF has released is Construction Industry Forecast for November 2016.
ACA - SA November 2016
Advocacy and action continues apace in South Australia.
ACA 2016 Annual General Meeting
2016 ACA Annual General Meeting – Monday 12 December.
Business Conditions Survey Findings
Management by Design records a positive outlook in the recent survey.
Introducing Katherine Ygosse
Complaints and Conduct Forum
Join the NSW ARB at a forum exploring how complaints against architects work, what can be done to avoid them, and what to do it if happens to you.
Welcome Catherine Townsend, new president of the AACA
The ACA welcomes the appointment of Catherine Townsend as President of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.
ACA - VIC/TAS Election Results
Welcoming the 2016 ACA – VIC/TAS Treasurer.
ACA - NSW/ACT Election Outcomes
Welcoming the 2016 ACA – NSW/ACT Committee
ACA - QLD/NT Election Outcome
Welcoming the 2016 ACA – Qld/NT Committee.
ACA - WA Welcomes Changes to the DAP System
ACA – WA welcomes the announcement of amendments and improvements to the Development Assessment Panel (DAP) process in Western Australia by the Hon Donna Faragher MLC, Minister for Planning; Disability Services.
ACA - Vic/Tas Election Notice
Nominations are now open for the ACA – VIC/TAS election for Branch Treasurer.
ACA - SA August Update
ACA - NSW/ACT Election Notice
Nominations are now open for the 2016 ACA – NSW/ACT elections.
ACA - WA Survey - How effective are DAP and DAC processes?
What are your experiences of the WA Development Assessment Panel (DAP) and local authority Design Advisory Committees? Please tell us at a panel discussion on 29 August.
Vale Steve Ashton, 1954 - 2016.
The Association of Consulting Architects pays tribute to Stephen Ashton, who passed away on Monday 25 July, 2016.
ACA - Qld/NT Election
Nominations are now open for the 2016 ACA – Qld/NT elections.
ACA - Qld/NT July Update
Two events coming up this month from ACA – Qld/NT.
ACA - WA Election Outcomes
Welcoming the 2016 ACA – WA Committee
SA State Budget Stimulus Package
The SA 2016–17 Budget features a major stimulus package for the construction industry, with $500 million allocated to upgrade school facilities. This is an opportunity for architects to show leadership and work collaboratively to deliver outstanding educational facilities.
ACIF Policy Priorities 2016
The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) has released its 2016 Policy Priorities, calling for the establishment of an Australian Centre for Procurement Excellence, with the primary objective of building stronger relationships between government and business.
ACA - SA 2016 President's Report
It’s been another busy year for the SA branch of the ACA. Membership has increased and feedback is positive.
Fast Track Pathways to Registration
The AACA has introduced two fast track pathways to registration for experienced practitioners.
Federal Budget New Internship Program
The 2016 Federal Budget includes an internship program. Details are scant, but the ACA is keeping a watching brief on the initiative and what it means in relation to the Architects Award.
ACIF Forecasts - May 2016
The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) has released its building and construction industry forecasts for May 2016.
The ACA is seeking members’ input into the upcoming review of the Architects Award.
2016 Budget Impact Survey - Findings
The results of this year's ACA Federal Budget Impact Survey.
National Construction Code 2016
The 2016 National Construction Code is in effect from Monday 2 May, 2016.
SA State of the Profession - the research is in
We now know a great deal more about architectural practice in South Australia – three reports provide a comprehensive account of the state of the profession and the opportunities and challenges for the future.
Announcing the ACA Business Toolbox and ACA Salary Calculator
The ACA BUSINESS TOOLBOX provides members with the essential resources to effectively and easily operate their businesses.
ACA - SA March 2016
Procurement, research, registration and roundtables – a brief update on a very active month at ACA – SA.
2016 - New Plans and Ongoing Projects in SA
Welcome to 2016! We hope this year brings good news for architects and for South Australia!
Architects in SA - A view from the census
Architects in SA – A View from the Census is the first report on the Australian architectural profession to look at census data over time.
2013-14, a Year of Achievement for ACA - Queensland
ACA – Qld President Geoff Street reports on activities, events and initiatives of 2013 – 14.
ACA - WA President's Overview, 2014
Richard Young, President of ACA – WA, summarises activities of the past year.
ACA - Vic/Tas President's Report, 2014
Simon Hanger, ACA – Vic/Tas President, outlines the branches achievements and activities over the past year, along with initiatives for the coming year.
2016 with ACA - Queensland / NT
Warmest wishes for 2016 from ACA QLD/NT!
2016 - Continuity and Change at ACA - WA
New ACA – WA President Greg Howlett introduces himself and ACA plans for 2016.
2016 - A Year of Optimism & Promise
ACA National President, Steve Kennedy, welcomes members to an optimistic 2016.
Vale Paul Pholeros, 1953-2016
The ACA notes with great sadness the loss of Paul Pholeros.
ACA - SA December Update
The last SA update for 2015. (Have you done the State of the Profession Survey yet?)
ACA – Qld/NT's Christmas drinks celebrated the states' new architects, as well as kicking off the festive season.
Australian Government Response to the Competition Policy Review
An update on the Australian Government’s response to the “Harper Review” into competition policy.
Thank you Simon Hanger!
Enthusiastic, committed and generous, Simon Hanger is retiring from the ACA after sixteen years of service.
ACA - SA November Update
An update on SA activities for November 2015.
Congratulations Jill Garner
The ACA congratulates Jill Garner on her appointment as Victorian Government Architect.
ACA + AusSearch
‘AusSearch for ACA Members’ is an online service that enables fast and efficient searching for the documents you need for site analysis and property services.
Farewell Peter Barda
Farewell Richard Young
The ACA wishes Richard Young, the current ACA – WA President, well in his retirement, and welcomes Greg Howlett as the new WA President.
Our colleagues in Malaysia have established the Association of Consulting Architects Malaysia!
NSW Government Advocacy
An update on ACA – NSW / ACT advocacy with the NSW state government.
ACA - SA August 2015 Update
News from ACA – SA.
ACA - SA July 2015
An overview of activities in South Australia this month.
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.
ACA - SA June Update
John Held updates members on ACA – SA activities and discussions.
Findings - 2015 Federal Budget Impact Survey
The ACA’s 2015 Federal Budget Impact Survey sought to better understand what the budget means for architectural practices and the profession.
What does the 2015 Federal Budget mean for architecture?
The message from the 2015 Federal Budget Impact Survey is clear – some short-term gains for some, but few long terms benefits.
SEPP 65 update
Unfair Contract Terms
The Federal Treasury has committed to extending unfair contract protections to small businesses. Mario Dreosti provides an overview.
May News from ACA - SA
ACA – SA President John Held provides an update for May 2015.
Architects Regulations 2015
New Architects Regulations in Victoria come into effect 19 May.
ACA - SA April update
John Held outlines recent and upcoming events and activities.
ACA - SA March Update
An update on all things ACA – SA.
ACA Strategic Plan - An Update
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.
The State of the Profession
ACA wins Architectural Practice Board of SA Research Fellowship to research the state of the profession
News and events from ACA - Qld / NT
Welcome to 2015
Simon Hanger welcomes ACA – Vic/Tas members to the year ahead.
2015 - The Year of Procurement
Steve Kennedy announces the ACA Year of Procurement, and argues for the value of enjoying what we do.
The Anganwadi Project
The ACA is pleased to announce its support of The Anganwadi Project.
2014 Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Association of Consulting Architects will be held on Monday 24 November 2014 in Launceston.
News from South Australia
ACA – SA President, John Held, with an update on recent on recent discussions around procurement, limits of liability and other issues.
Welcome David Bridgman
ACA – Qld/NT welcomes David Bridgman.
Message from Mark Williams
Mark Williams, the new ACA – Qld/NT President, provides an update in activities and plans.
Professions and Business Study
The ACA is delighted to be the first architecture industry association to participate in the Annual Professions and Business Study conducted by Beaton Research + Consulting.
ACA - SA September Update
This month’s activities in South Australia.
Vale Jim Earle
Farewell to Jim Earle from ACA – Vic/Tas.
No More 'Best and Final Offer' in Qld!
The Queensland Government has removed ‘Best and Final Offer’ processes from all tendering procedures.
Thank you Mark Trotter
Mark Trotter has made a remarkable contribution to the ACA and the wider profession.
ACA - Qld/NT Election Notice
Welcome to the new committee for ACA – Qld/NT.
Strengthening our voice
The ACA website six months on.
New Fixed Fee Scale from Victoria's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Good news on architects fees from Victoria.
ACA - SA August Update
The August monthly update from ACA – SA.
Welcome new ACA members
The ACA is delighted to welcome new members across Australia.
It is always busy at ACA – SA. John Held outlines recent events and activities.
Farewell from the ACA - Vic / Tas
Thanks to John Castles, Jim Earle and Struan Gilfillan for their long commitment to the ACA and the profession.
Unfair Contracts Consultation Submission
The ACA’s submission to the Treasury consultation on Extending Unfair Contract Term Protections To Small Businesses.
Public Infrastructure Report
The ACA welcomes the release of the final inquiry report of the Productivity Commission into Public Infrastructure.
John Held reports on the recent Australian Construction Industry Forum meeting.
SA President’s Report, 2013 - 2014
John Held, ACA – SA President, reports on the previous year and on plans for the future.
ACA Qld and NT unite
Welcoming ACA – Qld / NT!
The ACA in 2014
Steve Kennedy, ACA National President and ACA – NSW/ACT President, gives an overview of the year.
SA Construction Professionals Forum
Advocacy in South Australia continues apace through the Construction Professionals Forum.
Congratulations Steve Kennedy!
Steve Kennedy, ACA National President, has been recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects for his sustained, long-term work for the good of the profession.
Unfair Contract Terms
The Australian Government is investigating the use of unfair terms in contracts, with the intent of providing better proteaction for small business. Have your say in the consultation phase.
The Canary Sings - Architectural Practices Concerned About the 2014 Federal Budget
What does the federal budget mean for practices, the profession and society?
2014 Federal Budget
What does the 2014 Federal Budget mean for the business of architecture? We provide initial key points and a roundup of coverage so far.
Report from ACA National Executive
The National Executive met in Adelaide at the beginning of May to review the past year and plan for the future.
Design and Construction for a Sustainable Industry
The new ACIF policy on Design and Construction for a Sustainable Industry was led by ACA – SA President John Held.
A Reminder About Unpaid 'Interns'
The ACA is concerned to note that some architectural practices are advertising unpaid ‘internship’ positions that appear to be unlawful.
ACIF & APCC collaborations
ACIF and the APCC have a number of projects underway relating to procurement, project team integration and BIM.
New ACA Partner - Building on Air
The ACA's new partnership with Building on Air provides further opportunity to develop the discussion about business and architecture.
New Insurance Agreement re AS 4122
A new agreement with Planned Cover means that architects insured with it after 17 March are automatically covered for the current version of AS 4122 – 2010.
National Competency Standards in Architecture Forum - a precis
David Wagner reports on the National Competency Standards in Architecture Review Forum.
Celebrating 50 years of ACA - SA
ACA – SA celebrates 50 years with an event at the SA Architecture Museum.
ACA - SA Advocacy - February update
ACA – SA has kicked off 2014 with energy and enthusiasm. John Held provides an update on recent advocacy and initiatives.
Jack Birrell reports on the TADA Awards, a new program firmly establishing Tasmania's creative presence.
50 Years of the Association of Consulting Architects - SA
The year 2013 marked 50 years since the inauguration of the organisation that became ACA – SA. David Hassell outlines the aims and major activities of the organisation over its first half-century.
WA Architectural Panel - update
Negotiations continue in WA over the government’s Building Management and Works contracts. Richard Young provides a further update.
Australian Standards General Conditions of Contract Review
David Slinn updates members on the Australian Standards General Conditions of Contract Review.
Australia's Second Most Overrated Degree?
A response to recent mainstream media reportage claiming that architecture as Australia's second most overrated degree.
SA Workplace Health & Safety Working Group
A new working group in South Australia aims to rationalise the work health and safety material presented to architects.
New Queensland Committee Members
Welcome to Bruce Forrester and Robert Wesener.
Conditions of Engagement in WA - An Update on Negotiations
Richard Young reports on progress in addressing concerns about the Architectural Services Panel Conditions of Engagement.
SA President's Report
John Held provides an overview of SA activities in 2013.
Government as Smart Client & Procurement Case Studies
An excellent guide to procurement from the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.
An update from Simon Hanger on the integration of the ARBV into the new Victorian Building Authority.
Jack Birrell provides an update on ACA’s financial activities over 2013.
Graduate Gender Pay Gap
The graduate gender pay gap in architecture is a complicated matter. John Held and ACA – SA aimed to clarify recent poor reporting.
Thank You Graham Hobbs
Mark Trotter recalls the longstanding contribution that Graham Hobbs has made to the ACA and the profession.
The State of Play in Tasmania
Jack Birrell provides an update on things Tasmanian.
Australian Construction Industry Forum Update
John Held provides an update on recent ACIF activities.
Vale Ross Langdon
Jack Birrell pays tribute to Ross Langdon on behalf of the ACA.