As I mentioned earlier, next week will see a number of outspoken and committed AIB members meet in Canberra to craft a long overdue and new Strategic Plan for the Australian Institute of Building. This will set a roadmap for us over the next couple of years which will address new opportunities both from a revenue generating perspective as well as a Value Proposition point of view.

There will be much to share with you and I look forward to this post presenting the outcome/s of the meeting to National Council.

Great news with the 2018 Professional Excellence in Building Awards nominations and submissions now open. Our Awards reflect the highest standards of building and construction management, research and development of building projects across Australia and now in Hong Kong.

Check the front page of our website for details of how to enter.

I am happy to say that tomorrow the AIB will present Sir Anthony Mason with an Honorary Fellowship in Sydney. The Governor General, The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove has kindly agreed to present Sir Anthony with the highest Award we can bestow on a member – one in which is must deserved to a person who has contributed so much to the profession.

I will be in Perth on 23rd of this month at an Industry Leaders Dinner. Special guest for the evening will be the WA Minister for Mines & Petroleum; Commerce & Industrial Relations; Electoral Affairs and Asian Engagement, Bill Johnston MLA. There will be a lot to talk to the Minister about including:

The key to maintaining well-educated and skilled professionals is the provision of suitable CPD Providers and ultimately having mandatory CPD for practicing professionals. The AIB is certainly ramping up our efforts in this area.
Licencing and Registration is important to the profession and helps to maintain a high level of professionalism and integrity in the Industry
Finally, I am pleased to let you now that we have now loaded a number of new AIB CPD Online courses – namely ‘Energy Efficiency’
These courses are part of the Cross-Industry Skills Training Project and is supported by funding from the National Energy Efficient Buildings Project, on behalf of COAG Energy Council National Energy Productivity Plan through a project managed by the Government of South Australia. The National Energy Efficient Building Project (NEEBP) aims to support consumers, government and industry to achieve better energy efficiency in new buildings, renovations and additions.
I encourage you to look at undertaking these courses.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes
CEO, Australian Institute of Building