News and Articles

03/08/17 – Statutory Declarations

However routine it may become, the humble “stat dec” should never be regarded as a mere formality. The Federal Court of Australia has recently found a senior staff member personally liable for loss arising from an inaccurate statutory declaration.

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25/07/17 – Update: Commonwealth Procurement and Recourse for Tenderers

The Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Bill 2017 was introduced into Federal Parliament on 24 May 2017, whereby suppliers (anyone who supplies, or could supply, goods or services) “whose interests are effected”, can complain about breaches of some of the rules within the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (‘Rules’). Tendering, as a concept, is the traditional method of […]

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21/06/2017 – Five Tips for Successful Novation

For better or worse, it seems that novation is here to stay. For consultants who work on commercial projects (especially high-rise development) in Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne, novation tends to be commonplace, and traditional procurement (where the Principal engages the design team separately from the Contractor) is even becoming the exception. Larger clients in other […]

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08/06/17 – New Architects Regulation under the Architects Act 2003 (NSW) Recently released for public comment

Those Architects registered to practice in New South Wales should be aware that the NSW Government Department of Finance Services and Innovation recently released a draft Architects Regulation 2017 for public consultation. The 2017 Regulation is to replace the current Architects Regulation 2012 when it automatically repeals on 1 September 2017. A Regulatory Impact Statement […]

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25/05/2017 – Security of Payment

“Security of Payment” we have heard of it, but what is it exactly? And how does it impact on you as consultants? The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (“SOP Act”) is the legislation that makes sure that any person who carries out construction work or supplies related goods and services (such […]

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21/04/2017 – MelBIM Report – Finding Common Ground

This week I had the opportunity to present at a MelBIM forum. If you’ve been to an event by MelBIM, or its sister groups interstate, you’ll know what a fantastic atmosphere it is when you put two hundred or more BIM specialists in a room and talk about the latest leaps being made by this […]

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07/04/2017 – Partial Services – Article

In a poll conducted during our recent webinar, 53% of participants responded that they are retained to provide “partial” services on more than half of their current projects, and 79% responded that they considered providing partial services on a project was riskier than providing full services. Assuming that the trend to “partial services” is to […]

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