I just wanted to take this opportunity to firstly thank the small, but dedicated team who gave freely of their time at last week’s Strategic Planning Meeting in Canberra. There was an extraordinary amount of energy in the room and I look forward to bringing you some of the outcomes in the near future after first undertaking some work with National Council.

What I can say though looking ahead is that my focus will be very much around the following in 2018:

  • Developing new revenue streams for the organisation so that we can continue to deliver products and services to members
  • Ramping up the commitment to Online CPD with courses specific to our profession
  • Developing a generally stronger membership Value Proposition
  • Ramping up our Advocacy initiatives with government at both a local and Federal level

A reminder as well as we head into the ‘silly season’ that your Member Advantage card offers you a myriad of discounts at literally dozens and dozens of commercial outlets. I think we would all agree that we can do with a helping hand at Christmas time and this benefit is one certainly worth looking at regularly.

Finally this week, a reminder that nominations are open for the 2018 Professional Excellence in Building Awards. I sense that next year will be a solid year for entry numbers, so make sure you don’t miss out on what will be a big year in more ways than one.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes
CEO, Australian Institute of Building