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BEMP 2013 rescheduled - built environment to meet the NEXT Parliament
The election clock will quickly tick to zero and Australia’s 44th Parliament will soon be constituted.
Rather than embroil BEMP in political jockeying, its organisers have decided to focus on the future and engage with the nation’s next parliament.
This will maximise your opportunity to speak to Australia’s latest next crop of political leaders about powerful strategies for boosting productivity, raising community dividends and nurturing sustainability.
The 2013 Australia Award for Urban Design (AAUD) gala event will proceed as planned on 25 June.
The Design Awards will take place at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. Ross Solly, ABC Canberra, will host the evening, which will include a three-course dinner and a private showing of the galleries.
The organisers apologise for any inconvenience caused by BEMP’s rescheduling and will soon contact you with a new date.

Australian Construction Industry Forum
The ACIF Forecasts have been released on the ACIF website. The Forecasts are the industry's most reliable outlook for demand for your services over the next ten years. 
Visit the ACIF website for:
  • Forecast summaries for national outlook, residential and non residential building, and engineering construction.
  • The macro picture is outlined as well as state comparisons.

​"NEW" Sustainable Procurement Practice Note (Practice Note)

Underpinning the Framework, in May 2013 the APCC released the Sustainable Procurement Practice Note (Practice Note) accompanied by a suite of generic Sample Templates for Sustainable Procurement Processes (Templates). The Practice Note is a step-by-step methodology to embedding sustainable procurement over the complete life cycle. The Practice Note synthesises the content to each stage of the procurement process illustrated through a case study. The Templates can be customised to suit different purchasing environments. Read More....

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Completing the Risk Management PG (Postgraduate) unit at the University of Canberra will assist in positioning you for leadership roles in the fastest growing business function in Australia – procurement and its related professions/businesses.  This is an opportunity to undertake studies that contribute towards attaining a tertiary qualification through a high-quality, industry-recognised course which is relevant for business and government organisations, locally, national and internationally.
Click here for further information


The Building Control Supply Chain - Where can it be enhanced?

Practitioner Survey
The ‘Building Control’ Supply Chain (link below), is a graphic that has been designed specifically for this survey. The graphic attempts to illustrate the interdependencies that exist between key building control functions. The key segments of the building system are listed sequentially and respondents are asked to nominate where they believe a feature can be enhanced.
This survey is designed to develop some national perspective to where the opportunities for enhancements exist, and provide a mechanism, if considered necessary following the outcomes of the survey, to engage with the responsible institutions.
Enhancements to the supply chain have the potential to provide a more efficient industry, improve productivity and compliance and deliver better outcomes for the community.
This survey will close on 2 August 2013 and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your assistance.

In response to a request from the Council of Australian Governments' Infrastructure Working Group (COAG IWG), the APCC is expanding the National Prequalification System (NPS) through a practical low cost mutual recognition system of prequalification for building contractors delivering projects below $50 million.

Part of the scope of work is a cost and benefit analysis, of which industry consultation is fundamental.
The feedback from you with regard to potential cost and benefits of expanding the NPS below $50 million is particularly valuable.  This survey also seeks contractors' opinions on barriers to doing business with government and barriers working across state borders.


Click here for non-prequalified contractors

Click here for prequalified contractors


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CIPS Australasia has secured the Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre as the venue for the 9th Annual CIPSA Conference.  Mark in your diaries now for Wednesday the 23rd and Thursday 24th of October 2013.

This years theme is:

Procurement - The New Age - New Thinking - New Order - New Outcomes

For more information click here or visit the CIPSA Website


ACT Light Rail Project - Sustainable Procurement & Risk Management.

Friday 25 October 2013

Venue: Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra, Building 24, Kirinari Street, Bruce

Time:  9am to 5pm

For full Day's Program click here.....


ACIF Forecasts release dates announced

The next update to the ACIF Forecasts will be in November. A new format for the Forecasts release will see an increase in local content per location, supplemented by more detailed Construction Market Reports provided to each delegate. To be released at ACIF Briefings in three states, each event will include an extended local panel debating the key issues and the forecast ahead. Incredible value for the insights, data and the networking opportunities that these events provide.
SAVE THE DATE for the ACIF Briefings, and registration details will be provided in the coming months.
  • Sydney - 12 November 2013
  • Brisbane - 13 November 2013
  • Melbourne - 14 November 2013

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ACIF is pleased to partner with McGraw-Hill Construction on a new industry survey, and we encourage you to participate. The survey will investigate Building Information Modelling (BIM) adoption and implementation in Australia and New Zealand across the construction spectrum of all players, including architects, engineers, owners and contractors.

The results of the survey will be used to produce a SmartMarket Report (SMR) on the Business Value of BIM in Australia and New Zealand, which will provide essential insights on how practitioners and participants are enjoying both quantitative and qualitative benefits from the use of BIM. The SMR will be released in November 2013 and will be widely distributed to the global design and construction industry.
The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will be completely confidential and used for this survey only. All responses will be analysed in aggregate, and no individual responses will be referenced or used in any way. In appreciation for your time, those completing the survey will have the option to receive this exciting new report.
Thank you for sharing your insights.

ACIF enjoyed a presentation by a Government representative from Canterbury New Zealand, a region that has suffered enormous damage by natural disaster over the last three years.

The report highlighted that the need for help by – and therefore the availability for work for – all elements of the asset creation process are high, and will remain high for the foreseeable future.
Canterbury NZ needs all types of building and construction skills, labour, materials and project management. Now. The anticipated level of work still yet to be commenced as the district rebuilds after a series of earthquakes far outstrips the supply in that region, and the rest of New Zealand.