Resource roundup

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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JobKeeper updated

JobKeeper Package - Update

11 August 2020

The JobKeeper Package was announced on 30 March 2020 by the Federal Government, assisting a significant proportion of architectural practices with the retention of staff. On 21 June, the JobKeeper payment was extended until 28 March 2021, albeit at a reduced rate. On 7 August, further changes were announced regarding elibigibility.

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Building resilience

Architecture’s Gig Economy, COVID-19 & Building Resilience

10 August 2020

As the global pandemic hits architects hard, Peter Raisbeck proposes a few ideas about how to build professional resilience.

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Stage 4 restrictions

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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Malcolm Jones

Infrastructure of long-term benefit

3 August 2020

ACA – WA President Malcolm Jones reflects on JobKeeper, the flexible workplace, and the need for more resources for infrastructure of long-term benefit. 

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Justine Ebzery

Targeted funding & thinking long term

3 August 2020

Justine Ebzery reflects on the need for targeted funding for new public housing, public schools and community health infrastructure, with adequate resources for design and planning.

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Jennifer Crawford

JobKeeper, HomeBuilder & going solo

3 August 2020

Jennifer Crawford highlights the eligibility issues of JobKeeper and HomeBuilder, and describes her recent move back to the life of a sole practitioner.

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VBA Update

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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Paul Viney

Investment Needed in Civic Projects & Social Housing

15 July 2020

ACA – Vic/Tas President and FFPV Director Paul Viney reflects on his experiences with past and present economic downturns, the need for more government investment in civic projects and social housing, and the challenges of COVID-19 and remote working.

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President's Comment

ACA President’s Comment

14 July 2020

ACA President John Held reflects on the need for a finer-grained approach to stimulus, and the importance of being active and assertive in creating a post-pandemic future.

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Canary in the Coalmine

Pulse Checks & the Construction Outlook

9 July 2020

If architecture is the canary in the coalmine, the outlook for construction is appalling, writes Geoff Hanmer.

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Pandemic leave

Unpaid Pandemic Leave & Annual Leave at Half Pay Extended

4 July 2020

The Fair Work Commission has extended the entitlement to unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave at half pay to 30 September 2020.

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Clerks Award Flexibility

Clerks Award Flexibility Extended

4 July 2020

The temporary Schedule I in the Clerks Award, which allows for additional flexibility during the COVID-10 outbreak, has been amended and extended to 30 September 2020.

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Pulse Check 3

Pulse Check No. 3 - Preliminary Findings

9 June 2020

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. 

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Industrial manslaughter

COVID-19 & Industrial Manslaughter

4 June 2020

By 1 July 2020, Victoria will introduce industrial manslaughter laws for the first time. At the same time, Australia continues its efforts to contain COVID-19, including significant restrictions on work and workplaces. Tom Earls from Fair Work Lawyers explores the issues.

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ACA Pulse Check No. 3

ACA Pulse Check No. 3

30 May 2020

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!  

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Leadership

Leadership for Architects: 101

28 May 2020

Peter Raisbeck explores how ethical leadership and decision making are crucial in these uncertain times.

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Safety at Work

Advice for Workplace Safety

14 May 2020

As restrictions ease around the country and more people return to work, employers are now facing the challenge of ensuring their workplaces are safe and healthy for all. Safe Work Australia (SWA) has developed extensive resources, fact sheets and checklists to assist with health and safety in the workplace and we provide a summary here.

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Workplace of Future

How COVID-19 Will Change the Traditional Workplace

5 May 2020

What will be the impact of COVID-19 on the traditional workplace and what can we learn from this giant workplace experiment, writes Hames Sharley Principal and Workplace Portfolio Leader Stephen Moorcroft.

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COVID-19

COVID-19 Guidelines for the Victorian Building and Construction Industry

29 April 2020

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has released the latest version of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines for the building and construction industry in Victoria.

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8i Architects

Remote Working Advice

20 April 2020

Working remotely can be challenging and disruptive, and requires realistic expectations and a flexible approach, says Charmaine Kai of Brisbane-based practice 8i Architects.

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Whispering Smith

Innovation, Resilience & Relationship Building

20 April 2020

COVID-19 disruption has been all-encompassing, but there are signs of innovation, community resilience and relationship building emerging all around us, observes Kate Fitzgerald of Fremantle-based Whispering Smith. 

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dwp

Investment in Digital Design

20 April 2020

Existing investment in new digital platforms has meant that dwp|design worldwide partnership was well placed to switch to working mode when the COVID-19 crisis arose.

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JobKeeper package FAQs

The JobKeeper Package Unpacked

17 April 2020

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.

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POD case study

Planning for Health, Wellbeing & Financial Sustainability

16 April 2020

As Queensland prepared for lockdown, Cairns-based practice People Oriented Design worked on strategies with health, wellbeing and the long-term financial sustainability of the practice firmly in mind.

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Mental Wellbeing Advice

ACA Pulse Check Advice on Mental Wellbeing

15 April 2020

The ACA Pulse Check No 2 survey invited participants to answer questions about the mental wellbeing of their practice and people. Susie Ashworth unpacks the results and highlights the best tips and advice for looking after the mental wellbeing of all within practice.

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Award Changes

Temporary COVID-19 Leave Variations Announced for Modern Awards

9 April 2020

The Fair Work Commission has made changes to a wide variety of modern awards, including the Architects Award, to include unpaid pandemic leave and the capacity to take annual leave at half pay.

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Hayball

New Challenges & Modes of Working

8 April 2020

Hayball has explored varied modes of working and learning over many years, but the rapid shift to remote, distributed workplaces in the era of COVID-19 is a new challenge.

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SA Survey Findings

South Australian Snapshot

8 April 2020

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. 

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BVN

Building on Existing Flex Systems

5 April 2020

For BVN, the transition to all staff working from home has been ‘seamless’. The ease of the move is an outcome of already having robust flex systems in place, a commitment to open honest communication, and a focus on health and wellbeing.  

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Pulse check 2 findings

Pulse Check No. 2 - Preliminary Results

2 April 2020

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. 

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Wendy Poulton

COVID-19 Fallout - Contract Questions

1 April 2020

As COVID-19 disruption hits projects, supply chains and timelines, Wendy Poulton, Principal of informed Lawyers Pty Ltd, looks at some popular contract questions.

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Retaining staff

How to Retain Staff During the Coronavirus Pandemic

31 March 2020

The response to COVID-19 is unprecedented and evolving daily. As government decisions directly and indirectly impact on businesses, employers are looking at ways to continue operating in the face of enormous challenges. Tom Earls from Fair Work Lawyers briefly describes the options available to architecture practices.

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Clerks Award Flexibility

Clerks Award Flexibility

29 March 2020

The Clerks Award has been temporarily amended to enable more flexibility during the Coronavirus outbreak.

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ACA Pulse Check no. 2

ACA Pulse Check No. 2

28 March 2020

A lot has changed over the last two weeks. Tracking the impacts of COVID-19 over time is essential to developing the  most effective support. The second ACA Pulse Check Survey will help build a clear understanding of the experiences of Australian architectural practices so far, and identify the assistance needed.

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Force Majeure - Special Conditions for ABIC SW

Force Majeure - Special Conditions for ABIC SW 2018

26 March 2020

Special conditions for the ABIC small works contracts introduce the concept of Force Majeure, including pandemics. 

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Robe Peake

Government Support and What Employers Can Do

25 March 2020

As we face a crisis of unknown proportions, Rob Peake, Principal of Management for Design, outlines what is needed from the Federal Government, and what architectural practices can do to weather the storm.

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Fiona Martin

Practice Management and COVID-19

25 March 2020

Building on knowledge gleaned from the recent ACA Pulse Check Survey No.1, Fiona Martin outlines the key areas practices should be working on, and answers some FAQs about leave under various circumstances.

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COVID-19 and Construction Contracts

COVID-19 and Construction Contracts

25 March 2020

What does COVID-19 mean for architects administering ABIC contracts? Christopher Larcos and Shanna Beaton of Moray and Agnew Lawyers outline key considerations.

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COVID-19 & Mental Health

COVID-19 and Mental Health

24 March 2020

As we face unprecedented challenges and stress with the COVID-19 health crisis and inevitable economic effects, it’s critical that we maintain and protect our mental wellbeing and that of our colleagues, employees and families. The following resource round-up points to useful tips, reminders and strategies to help maintain positive mental health during this difficult time. 

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Sharing strategies

How are You Responding to COVID-19?

24 March 2020

Online support is more important than ever. The ACA invites architectural practices across Australia to share practice experiences, knowledge and strategies. 

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Brown Falconer

Communication, Autonomy and Initiative

24 March 2020

Brown Falconer is in the process of transitioning all staff to remote working. Mario Dreosti emphasises the importance of open communication and sharing both the knowns and the unknowns as essential to building trust, autonomy and initiative.  

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President's Comment

ACA President's Comment

24 March 2020

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.

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Thomson Rossi

Policy, Process and Restricted Contact

23 March 2020

Thomson Rossi’s approach to managing the practice in the context of the novel coronavirus is guided by a COVID-19 Policy Statement, which establishes clear boundaries and habits. Simon Thomson explains that the intent is to keep the office open as long as possible. 

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TheFulcrum.Agency

Tight Financial Management and Open Communication

22 March 2020

TheFulcrum.Agency partner Emma Williamson explains how the consultancy is responding to COVID-19 and offers advice about how to proactively manage through a crisis while maintaining the cultural integrity of your practice.

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Fulton Trotter

Clear Communication and Patience

22 March 2020

Justine Ebzery outlines the steps Fulton Trotter has taken in response to COVID-19 so far, including clear, regular communication to clients and employees, transitioning to more work from home arrangements, and a focus on patience and kindness.

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Architects guide to stimulus

Government Support for Business

21 March 2020

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.

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Stand Down Considerations

Coronavirus: Stand Down Considerations

19 March 2020

Tom Earls and David Putland from Fair Work Lawyers provide an update on key considerations for employers when circumstances force them to stand down parts of their workforce.

 

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TRCB Trialling remote working

Trialling Remote Working

19 March 2020

Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick (TRCB) has been trialling staff working from home for a number of weeks. Leigh Robinson generously shares details about how this is working, lessons learned, and the guidelines the practice has developed.

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ACA Pulse Check No 1 Prelim findings

ACA Pulse Check no. 1 - Preliminary Findings

18 March 2020

The ACA has released the preliminary results of the ACA Pulse Check no. 1. We are now analysing these further. 

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Pulse check no. 1 – COVID 19

ACA Pulse Check no. 1 - COVID-19

15 March 2020

The ACA’s quick ‘pulse check’ survey will help us better understand the impact of COVID-19 on Australian architectural practices. The Survey is now closed. We are analysing the results now.

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Coronavirus implications

Coronavirus: Implications for Employers

15 March 2020

With COVID-19 threatening to have significant impacts on businesses and workplaces around Australia in the coming weeks and months, Tom Earls and David Putland from Fair Work Lawyers provide insights into the complex and often competing legal concepts relating to employment.

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Preparing for COVID-19

Preparing for COVID-19

11 March 2020

The situation in relation to COVID-19 is changing rapidly. We encourage all ACA members to show leadership within their practice, to understand their obligations as employers and business owners, and to plan ahead for potential disruption as much as possible.

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