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13/05/2020 – Release of the Final Report by the Parliamentary Committee into the regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes in New South Wales

In July 2019 a Public Accountability Committee inquiry, chaired by Mr David Shoebridge MLC, was established to investigate and report on the regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes by government agencies in New South Wales. A first report was tabled by the Committee on 13 November 2019. The final report of the […]

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15/04/2020 – Risk management: business as usual

How can we provide risk management services in the current climate? As it turns out, almost exactly the same as we always have! It’s very much business as usual for our risk management team. From our perspective, looking at the construction industry through contracts and education, this is what we’re seeing of the pandemic. Contract […]

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08/04/2020 – Practice Guides Updated

informed Practice Guides are a series of guidance notes covering topics on which consultants commonly ask us for assistance. They range from contract-related topics such as Working on Your Own Terms and Fitness for Purpose, to practical issues like Inspections and Certification and Product Substitutions. Regular users and those who keep a locally saved copy […]

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04/03/2020 – Introducing informed Lawyers

We’ve had many requests over the years to provide legal advice and now, at last, our new subsidiary can provide the help you need. From 2 March 2020, when you’re confronted with a tricky client-drafted contract, you have one more option: engaging our new subsidiary company, informed Lawyers Pty Ltd to help you with legal […]

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12/02/20 – Contract Review Trends 2019

Well what a year 2019 was for us here at Informed! The end of a decade saw our Risk Managers hard at work reviewing over 1200 contracts in 2019 over various kinds of projects and clients and throughout all States and Territories around Australia. From all this we have gathered information to more accurately reflect […]

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07/02/20 – Website Update

In December 2019, we experienced a code injection vulnerability on our website that caused search engine results for our site to divert to an overseas website. Out of an abundance of caution, we suspended sign-ups, logins and purchases while our security was enhanced. The problem has been resolved, so we have reinstated all these functions […]

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10/01/20 – How to watch informed webinars

(1) LIVE WEBINARS What? Our webinars are a live presentation by our risk managers and/or external specialists. You will see a Powerpoint presentation, with a video camera insert showing the presenter. In our webinars, you cannot be seen or heard by other attendees or by the presenter. When? Our webinars are designed to be watched […]

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08/01/20 – Landscape Architecture: Your Questions Answered

Our webinars typically generate plenty of good questions and unfortunately we can only pick a few of those to answer as examples “on air”. Our webinar on Liabilities in Landscapes on 28 November 2019 was no exception, but in this case we have decided to follow up on some of the unanswered questions online (in […]

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27/11/19 – Climate Change Considerations in Design

The entire world is talking about climate change and it is unsurprising that many professionals in the construction industry (who are responsible for a large amount of the world’s CO2 emissions) have declared a climate change emergency. Consultants in the construction industry are increasingly being expected to adapt their practices in response to climate change […]

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06/11/19 – Half-time on the Shergold Weir Report

The Shergold-Weir “Building Confidence” Report was delivered in February 2018 and published in April 2018, in response to the fatal Grenfell Tower fire in London, the expensive Lacrosse fire in Melbourne, and a number of high-profile product failures including asbestos contamination in supposedly asbestos-free materials. Commissioned by the Building Ministers Forum, the Report laid out […]

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