ACA Response to BMF Decision
The BMF announcement to adopt a consistent national approach to reform in the Australian construction industry is welcome news.
Non-conforming Building Products in the Built Environment
Join the Institute of Architects WA Chapter and the ACA – WA on 5 August for a presentation on Non-Conforming Products in the Built Environment.
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.
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).
What Keeps Architects Awake at Night?
How do we ensure our profession remains relevant and vibrant? John Held draws threads through the many issues facing architecture and the construction industry, and asks how can we support each other as we face the future.
August Webinar - Insurance & PI Claims
Join the ACA and Planned Cover on 14 August for a special update on the state of the Australian insurance industry.
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.
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.
Brisbane Site Tour
The ACA's site visits in Queensland are always a crowd pleaser, and the recent exclusive tour of 1 William Street was no exception.
Congratulations Kukame McPierzie!
Congratulations to Kukame McPierzie on receiving the WA Emerging Architect Prize from the Australian Institute of Architects.
Book Now for BoSP 4
ACA – WA is delighted to present BoSP 4, an in-depth session with Sydney-based HR expert Merilyn Speiser on 2 August.
The Pressures of Small Business
What’s required to run a successful small business? What are the pressures? Join the ACA – SA on 19 July for a special roundtable discussion.
ACA Salary Calculator
The ACA Salary Calculator provides architectural practices with a clear methodology for determining the appropriate award-compliant salaries. Now updated to 2019–20 rates.
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.
How to Solve the Building Practitioner Insurance Crisis in Australia
The PI insurance crisis is upon us – but how did it come to this? Senior Construction Lawyer Kim Lovegrove identifies the key challenges, and outlines his ideas for bringing the Australian building industry back from the brink.
Don't Miss the WA Members Lunch
Clear the diary on 25 July for the ACA – WA's annual Members Lunch to celebrate the start of a new financial year.
How to Achieve Pay Equity
Compare and contrast pay rates and don’t misread confidence for competence, advises Cassandra Keller.
Implementing a New HR Policy
How do you build a strong HR policy without impacting on the culture of your practice? Merilyn Speiser provides a brief guide on implementing change as seamlessly as possible.
PI Claims & Other Contractual Risks
Join the QLD/NT branch on 26 July for the latest in the Risky Business Lunch Series.
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.
Will a Robot Take My Job?
How will technology shape the future of architectural practice? Save the date for our upcoming webinar on 24 July with Ceilidh Higgins. It’s not to be missed.
2019 Award Rates
Updated Federal Industrial Awards pay rates for awards relevant to employees working in architectural practices.
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.
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.