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.
Are you using SuperStream yet? The extended deadline for businesses with less than 20 employees to start using this ATO system is 28 October. Cbus provides a guide to help you get started.
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 futur
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.
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.
New ACIF Forecasts - ACA Member Discounts
ACA members are offered a 25% discount on subscriptions to the new ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard.
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.
Health & Safety in the Workplace - Get Involved!
Anna Piatkowska invites members to help develop a set of guidelines on architects’ duties as employers under health and safety legislation.
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.
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.