24 August 2020 

AIB Update for members 

This week I am saddened to advise the passing of one of our very significant foundation members. George W Dore – OAM LFAIB passed away last week and a live stream of his service at 11:30am on 25 August will be available tomorrow at www.davidwbull.com.au

George was indeed a long-standing member of the AIB having commenced as member #226 on the 13th of March 1954. He was an enthusiastic AIB member and served as Victorian Chapter President from 1993 – 1995. He also championed the connection between the AIB and Holmesglen Institute through his passion for education and training.

The work of both George and his late wife Margaret (passed in 2012), has included many valuable and lasting contributions to the AIB over many years. George was recognised for this outstanding service with the awarding of a Life Fellowship in February 2009. We are saddened to lose such a loyal and committed friend and we mark our respect for George by acknowledge his enormous commitment to the profession over more than 65 years. We are very grateful for the contributions that the Dore family and G.W Dore Builders have made over the years.

A short article from 2007 records the esteem of Holmesglen Institute regarding George’s work in the education and support of students is attached. Holmesglen Institute: End of an Era

It has been a busy month for AIB activities with National judging of our 2020 Professional Excellence Awards now under way. Our Chapter Awards book is nearing completion and will be available shortly to all finalists. Our work on securing award presentation solution is continuing and the dynamic landscape in some States regarding COVID restrictions is a challenge that we will resolve shortly. Some Chapters and National office have been working hard over the last month to secure new venue dates where live presentations can be held however a virtual awards solution is also part of our response where we are still facing restrictions in Victoria and New South Wales for larger group gatherings.

We will get details out to entrants directly, as well as Chapter Members so you can all celebrate your outstanding projects for 2019. Our desire is to still see all awards presented before the end of 2020.

Our Annual Chapter Meetings have now occurred and we welcome some new committee members in most Chapters so look out for events and new chances to engage with your local AIB Chapter. To those Chapter Presidents and committee members who have just completed their term of service we thank you for your contribution and look forward to celebrating with you when we next meet.

I have contacted members directly regarding finalising your 2020 / 2021 membership subscription or confirming your student status if you have been on our books for over 6 years. This is the time we are required to lapse members who are not financial so this is a final reminder for members who want to remain connected. Simply contact membership@aib.org.au and request a copy of your lost invoice or allow us to assist you by finalising a payment over the phone.

Finally, our role as your representatives advocating on behalf of ‘Chartered Building Professionals’ to Government and Building Regulators in all jurisdictions has not stopped.

We have completed a submission to the ABCB – National Registration Framework for Building Practitioners Paper. Our response focused on qualifications and experience required for a number of Practitioner categories:

  • Building Level 1 – Open / Commercial
  • Building Level 2 – Restricted / Commercial
  • Building Level 3 – Limited / Residential
  • Project Management Level 1 – Open / Commercial
  • Project Management Level 2 – Restricted / Commercial
  • Building Surveying Level 1 – Open / Unrestricted
  • Building Surveying Level 2 – Restricted

We also provided supporting commentary on the standard and basis for professional level course accreditation and the need for a National Register as the repository for credentials and licencing information so that it is truly open to all jurisdictions    as a single source repository regarding professional qualifications for all licence holders using a National Registration model.

Have a great day and stay safe wherever you are working at the moment.

David Burnell FAIB

National President, Australian Institute of Building