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Thursday 15 Apr 2021

Thursday 15 April 2021 at 12:30 pm AEST.

Online webinar presented by Kiri Parr, Tony Barry and Rob Nelson-Williams

Australia is seeing an emerging discussion about the use and adoption of standard contracts in market. This debate flows from concerns about the complexity and value of the bespoke contracts that are widely used in the Australian market and the multiple initiatives of government agencies and authorities to remodel their relationship with the construction industry to improve long term outcomes.

This webinar will examine the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Suite of Contracts, an internationally renowned and widely used suite of contracts but which is rarely seen in the Australian market.

 

Wednesday 14 Apr 2021

Minimum information requirements could be applied to demonstrate the suitability of products for use on building projects whilst product technical statements could be mandated and a central information portal for building materials could be developed as part of reforms which have been proposed to prevent dangerous or unsuitable products being used in construction throughout Australia. 

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released a Draft National Building Assurance Framework, which sets out fourteen proposed actions across five areas to improve building product compliance and to address concerns relating to use of non-conforming or non-complying products on building projects.

More information is available here.

 

Thursday 1 Apr 2021

The Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) legislation passed the House of Representatives on 25 March 2021 and the amendment to exclude construction trades was voted down along party lines.  Please see attached the full debate and how each MP voted 

Members may also be interested in this article on the AMR legislation published on 19 March 2021.
 
All states have signed up to implement  Automatic Mutual Recognition, except the ACT.

Monday 22 Mar 2021

This short article written by Louise McManamon of the SoCLA Mentoring Program  highlights the importance of mentoring in 2021 and beyond. If you are a SoCLA member and would like to join our program this year, please apply here.  Applications close on 16 April 2021.

Monday 22 Mar 2021

To assist when preparing your Tax Return, the ATO has published work-related expenses guides for many professions including: engineers and lawyers.

Information for those in the Mining, Building and Construction industries is available here.
 
For more information, or to download the guides available for other specific occupations, visit http://www.ato.gov.au/occupation21 

Information for those working from home is available here.

Thursday 11 Mar 2021

The World Building Congress is being held in Melbourne in 2022 from 27 to 30 June 2022. The call for abstracts is now open with the final date for submissions being 30 June 2021.  Members are encouraged to submit an abstract in any of the streams - further details can be found here.  

 

Wednesday 3 Mar 2021

Members may be interested in the NSW Department of Education Jobtrainer - Construction initiative.  More information is available here.

Thursday 25 Feb 2021

Thursday 11 March 2021 at 12:30 pm AEDT

This presentation by Owen Hayford is based on his highly commended entry in SoCLA’s 2020 Brooking Prize essay competition.

SoCLA members can access the essay here via SoCLA’s website.

More information is available on this flyer.

Please click here to register

Thursday 18 Feb 2021

Members may be interested in the Victorian Building Authority - Construction Section Latest Covid-19 Advice available here.

Monday 15 Feb 2021

Australian business can now apply for grant funding through the Australian 5G Innovation Initiative, to trial commercial uses of 5G technology as part of the Morrison Government’s JobMaker Digital Business Plan. 

More information, including the notice board and how to apply, is available here 
 

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