Fixing the Building Industry - A Wishlist
When did Australians sign up for this system of building and buying defect-prone apartments without recourse? Michael Smith highlights the state of play in the building industry, and lays out his wishlist of reforms.
Global Climate Strike
The Global Climate Strike has been called for 20 September. What does this mean for architectural employers? The ACA provides advice about how to best manage this under the Fair Work Act.
A Question of Standards
With the high cost of accessing Australian Standards, how can we expect high levels of compliance in the building industry? Easy access to clear, understandable Standards must be a priority, argues John Held.
Managing Flexible Work
What are the benefits and challenges of incorporating flexible working arrangements into your practice? Join the ACA and HR expert Merilyn Speiser on Wednesday 16 October for a special webinar on flexible work.
Save the Date - 2019 Trivia Night
Due to popular demand, the ACA – QLD/NT is currently organising the 2019 Trivia Night for Friday 25 October 2019.
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.
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 Digital Journey
Save the date for the Qld/NT branch committee's next lunch presentation on 18 October, when three guest speakers will discuss their digital journeys and the benefits of keeping on top of new tech.
September Webinar - NCC 2019
Are you across the detail of the 2019 National Construction Code (NCC)? Join the ACA and the ABCB on 25 September for an informative webinar on the latest changes.
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.
Salary Survey Open Now!
Join us in developing knowledge about Australian architectural businesses by completing the 2019 ACA National Salary Survey!
Future Plans, Mentoring & Prizes in WA
The ACA – WA recaps recent events and future plans, and talks mentoring schemes and prizes.
The Benefits of Giving Back
Improving the built environment of communities in need does not have to be an all or nothing proposition, says Leeanne Marshall, who presents a variety of ways to make an impact, both big and small.
Recent Advocacy & Future Events in NSW/ACT
The NSW/ACT committee offers an update on recent advocacy and outlines future events.
State of the Insurance Market
The world of insurance has changed rapidly over the last 12 to 18 months. Planned Cover Victorian State Manager Laurence Gottlieb gives us an overview of a toughening market.
How Can Architects Take Action?
As governments tackle systemic issues in the building industry, John Held outlines some of the ways that architects can make an impact.
Financial Management for your Practice
What does best practice financial management look like in architecture and how can you apply it to strengthen your own practice? Join the ACA – Vic/Tas committee and three expert speakers on 23 September for an event not to be missed.
Business Toolbox Update & Events in Vic/Tas
The Vic/Tas committee talks events, ARBV nominations and the business toolbox.
The Social Conscience of Architecture
Robert Goodliffe recently spoke at an ACA – Vic/Tas event on the importance of social responsibility in architecture, revealing how a holistic approach can build culture internally and provide a resilient business model.
Building Industry Needs Significant Cultural Change
Newly appointed Victorian State Building Surveyor Andrew Cialini says it’s time for the building industry to preference public safety and quality over cost, and to implement change for the good of overall outcomes rather than self-interest.
Tips for Time Management
Running a practice can be unrelenting, changeable and extremely demanding. How do you manage your time in such an unpredictable environment? Rena M. Klein offers some tips.
Join the ACA – NSW/ACT and Special Counsel Christopher Larcos on 16 October to learn more about the changes to ABIC Contracts.
Pay Equity: Resources & Reading
The issue of pay equity has been on the agenda for Australian governments and business for decades, but pay disparities remain a persistent problem in many workplaces.
Resources for Mental Health
There are a number of excellent organisations providing a range of initiatives and services to support Australians living with mental illness.
Deloitte Private Principal Adam Russell explores how cloud computing and balanced strategic decision making can drive performance and growth.
Bring Back the Clerk of Works
In the wake of the Opal Tower debacle, Michael Hegarty explores the role of the Clerk of Works, and the need to return this key project role to Australian construction sites.
ACA Business Toolbox
A new report aims to explore new futures for architecture and new ways of measuring the contribition already made by the industry.
Free Trade Agreement Resources
The Federal Government has developed resources to help businesses make the most of the free trade agreements with South Korea, Japan and China.
The ATO has released its 2015 performance benchmarks for architecture.
The ACA is pleased to provide ACA logos for members use.
Ten Principles for Procuring Better Outcomes
The RIBA has released guidelines to explain how client organisations can get the best possible outcomes when they procure architectural services.
Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice
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.
Guide to Hiring New Employees
A new guide for small business from the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Workforce Diversity Industry Snapshot
Consult Australia has released its 2013 Workforce Diversity Industry Snapshot.
Editorial policy & submissions
Advice for members
The ACA assists members with formal and informal advice in a range of areas relating to the business of architecture.
Equal Pay Day draws attention to the pay disparity between men and women. We list some resources to help you ensure this is not an issue in your practice.
Benefits of ACA Membership
The ACA helps architectural businesses of all sizes to operate efficiently and productively. We provide timely information, promote debate and advocate for better business and employment practices.
Join today to make the most of our resources, networks and expertise, and to help make a difference in the profession!
What do Architects do in a Financial Crisis?
The Autumn 2013 issue of Architect Victoria canvases the question.Link
American Institute of Architects Foresight Report
The 2014 Foresight Report aims to “highlight key trends and to outline their impact” on architectural business in the US and on current and future practice. It also includes strategies immediately related to business, marketing, operations, practice and design and firm leadership.It is available now from the American Institute of Architects. A PDF version can be purchased for $US 10 from the AIA Store.Link
RIBA Future Trends Survey
The RIBA Future Trends survey “monitors business and employment trends affecting the profession” in the UK on a monthly basis.Link
A roundup of discussions elsewhere about the structure and ownership models of architectural practices.
The international discussion of architecture salaries continues with a number of ongoing projects.
Architects & Social Media
How can architects use social media effectively for business and professional development?
Architecture & Marketing
A collection of articles to help you think about the role of marketing in your practice.
Notice under Section 159 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
Changes to the ACA-Australia Constitution
The ACA sends out a range of notices to members in relation to legal requirements under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 and the ACA Constitution.
The ACA is generously supported by coroprate partners and sponsors at both national and state levels. This support enables us to lead the discussion of the business of architecture and to provide excellent resources to members.
Annual reports & financial reports
Association of Consulting Architects
The Association of Consulting Architects (ACA) leads the discussion on business matters in architecture in Australia and is the key body representing architectural employers in Australia.
The ACA has branches in all states. Each branch brings a slightly different focus to its activities. This diversity means that the branches work together in a complementary way at a national level.
Staying up to date
The ACA keeps you up to date with what matters in the business of architecture.
A New Deal for Urban Australia
The Urban Coalition report argues that significant investment is needed in Australia’s cities.
National Executive Committee
The ACA National Executive Committee is guided by the ACA Strategic Plan. The committee meets regularly to identify opportunities and needs relating to the business of architecture.
Government as Smart Client & Procurement Case Studies
An excellent guide to procurement from the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.
Construction Industry Report
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the Private Sector Construction Industry Report for the 2011–2012 financial year.