The JobKeeper Package Unpacked
From Monday 20 April 2020, businesses can enrol for the JobKeeper scheme to help retain staff during the downturn caused by COVID-19. The following update provides answers to frequently asked questions for architectural practices.
The JobKeeper Package, announced on 30 March 2020 by the Federal Government, offers desperately needed relief to businesses to enable them to retain employees. This will assist a significant proportion of architectural practices with the retention of staff.
Government Support for Business
The Federal Government and all state and territory governments in Australia have now responded to the COVID-19 outbreak with announcements of economic stimulus and assistance packages.
Green Light: The Rise of the Energy Efficient Building
Drawing on her research into sustainable building policy in five global cities, 2018 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship winner Kate Nason reflects on the critical role architects can play in decarbonising our built environment.
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.
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.
Novation - A Guide for Architects
Novation can create confusion for architects and builders alike. Christopher Larcos offers a legal primer to the contractual rights and obligations of a novated project.
Building Commissioner Auditing Not Enough
The NSW Government announcement of a new Building Commissioner to audit building design and construction does not go far enough. Government needs to investigate the construction contracting methods, relationships and behaviours that affect building quality and safety.
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.
John Held provides an overview on recent discussions at the COAG Building Ministers Forum regarding the Shergold-Weir Report, Building Confidence.
We Need to Stop Innovating in Indigenous Housing and get on with Closing the Gap
Kieran Wong argues that the National Indigenous Housing Guide must be mandated by law to ensure the best housing outcomes for Indigenous communities.
Can Design Deliver Positive Economic Outcomes?
Broadening the procurement process to consider the value of good design brings economic benefits to the state, argues SA Industry Advocate Ian Nightingale.
Procurement in WA: Government as ‘model client’
A joint submission to the WA Commission of Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects.
Five Tips for Successful Novation
For better or worse, it seems that novation is here to stay. So, how can consultants get the best outcomes on novated projects? Wendy Poulton of informed suggested five key factors that can lead to a better novation experience.
Federal Budget, Superannuation and Your Business
The 2017/18 Federal Budget includes a few announcements that may impact both your business and your employees. ACA corporate partner Cbus provides an update.
What Does the 2017 Federal Budget Mean for Architects?
John Held reflects on the findings of the 2017 ACA Federal Budget Impact Survey.
2017 ACA Budget Impact Survey
What does the 2017 Federal Budget mean for architectural practices and the profession?
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.
ACIF Forecasts Launch - May 2017
ACIF is launching its new ten-year forecasts for building and construction at the ACIF Briefing in Sydney on Thursday 4 May.
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.
The ACA and the Institute - Distinct but Complementary
An interview with ACA – WA President Kieran Wong about the ACA and potential collaborations with the Institute of Architects.
Design WA Submissions
ACA – WA has submitted responses to four Design WA documents and policies.
Ensuring Australia's future in BIM
It's essential that Australia has a consistent approach towards BIM implementation, ensuring its future growth can support international opportunities, argues Rebecca De Cicco.
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.
Give SA graduates a chance!
South Australia produces some great architecture graduates. ACA – SA argues that they should also have the chance to design buildings for their universities as they proceed with their careers.
DAP and DACs in WA - survey report
The ACA – WA member survey on WA Development Assessment Panel and local authority Design Advisory Committees is providing an important evidence base for advocacy with the Minister for Planning.
ACA - SA: DPTI Prequalification and Contract Changes Survey
South Australian architects, please take our survey about the SA government prequalification system for consultants, builders and trades.
A Cautionary Note on Software Cost Structures
Software costs structures are changing; this could have significant impact on your business’s long-term profitability. ACA – WA outlines the issues.
Where to From Here: Embracing technological change
Is architecture on the verge of the greatest change in centuries? Ceilidh Higgins looks to the future and predicts disruption of epic proportions. Part of the ACA's Where to From Here series.
What Does the 2016 Federal Budget Mean For Architects?
The 2016 Budget Impact Survey indicates a fairly neutral overall response to the 2016 Federal Budget by architectural practices. The good news is that a over half of respondents are busier than last year, although not all are more profitable. John Held considers the findings.
2016 Budget Impact Survey - Findings
The results of this year's ACA Federal Budget Impact Survey.
Australian Government Response to the Competition Policy Review
An update on the Australian Government’s response to the “Harper Review” into competition policy.
The demand for architectural services in the developing world is continuing to grow. Leone Lorrimer considers how Australian architects can make the most of offshore opportunities, and gives the government some pointers on how to help.
Investing in Cities
A new report from ASBEC – Investing in Cities – calls for action by at all levels of government “to increase the productivity, prosperity and liveability of Australia’s cities”.
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.
The ATO has released its 2015 performance benchmarks for architecture.
Public Private Partnerships For Procurement
PPP projects do not always deliver all that is claimed – and architects rarely benefit. Ann Gorey reflects on the perceived advantages, claimed benefits and actual costs of this common procurement method.
The Gap Between Authority and Expertise - BIM and Government Procurement
John Held reflects on the importance of the educated government client and architects who have a sophisticated understanding of the client organisation.
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.
The Devil is in the Data - BIM demystified!
Let's talk about BIM... Join ACA – Qld/NT for lunch and a presentantion on BIM and what it means for your practice.
Mario Dreosti outlines the sections of the Competition Policy Review that are of immediate relevance to the profession.
Professional Services Subcontract
A new Professional Services Subcontract is available for members to use when a back-to-back agreement is required with the Lead Consultant.
Improving Government Procurement in South Australia
ACA – SA is on the front foot with changes in government procurement – a report on the recent DPTI priorities survey.
2015 - The Year of Procurement
Steve Kennedy announces the ACA Year of Procurement, and argues for the value of enjoying what we do.
Is Everyone Experiencing This Right Now?
Design fees, scope creep, government projects: Alexandra Howieson reflects on the state of the profession.
What Makes a City?
The Hon Dominic Perrottet MP, NSW Minister for Finance and Services, launched the Sydney Architecture Festival with an impressive speech about the role of architects in the making of innovative cities.
Finally there is some movement on procurement reform in NSW. Steve Kennedy provides an update.
To BIM or not to BIM? What a Question!
How might the industry encourage clients to take up BIM?
Do We Need a Construction Happiness Index?
John Held on happiness, mental health and the construction industry.
Presenting to Government
How architects present in government contexts can have a large impact on their chances of getting the job, or gaining support for a project. Jill Garner, Victorian Associate Government Architect, offers some tips.
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.
The Infrastructure Q Directions Statement from the Queensland Government.
No More 'Best and Final Offer' in Qld!
The Queensland Government has removed ‘Best and Final Offer’ processes from all tendering procedures.
New Fixed Fee Scale from Victoria's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Good news on architects fees from Victoria.
Design - Does it need a Policy?
How do we ensure the community reaps the benefits of a well-designed built environment? Peter Barda considers what types of policy might be effective.
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.
Findings of the 2014 Federal Budget Impact Survey
An overview of the results.
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.
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.
New ACIF Forecasts - ACA Member Discounts
ACA members are offered a 25% discount on subscriptions to the new ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard.
Government Review of the OHS Accreditation Scheme
A discussion paper and the terms of reference for the review of the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme are now available.
Unions Royal Commission
The terms of reference have been released for the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.
Insurance - an overview
What is the current situation for insurance? Damian Harrison overviews the PI insurance landscape as it pertains to architecture.
6 Qualities That Make Architects Ideally Suited to Lead Collaborative Integrated Teams
An essay by Randy Deutsch that argues that architects need to rethink and redefine their role if the profession is to survive.Link
Workforce Diversity Industry Snapshot
Consult Australia has released its 2013 Workforce Diversity Industry Snapshot.
What do Architects do in a Financial Crisis?
The Autumn 2013 issue of Architect Victoria canvases the question.Link
A New Deal for Urban Australia
The Urban Coalition report argues that significant investment is needed in Australia’s cities.
National Infrastructure Plan
Infrastructure Australia has released the National Infrastructure Plan, a report to the Council of Australian Governments.
Study of Major Project Development Assessment Processes
The Productivity Commission has released the report from its study of major project development assessment processes.
RBA Chart Pack
The RBA Chart Pack includes material of interest to architecture and construction.
Where is the construction industry heading? Peter Barda outlines November ACIF Forecasts findings.
ACIF Forecasts in Practice
John Held reflects on how the ACIF Forecasts are used at Russell and Yelland.
Government as Smart Client & Procurement Case Studies
An excellent guide to procurement from the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.
A Report into IT Pricing
Why are IT products more expensive in Australia and what is being done about it?