Tuesday 19 June, the National President Paul Heather and myself along with a number of other key players including former AIB National President Bob Whittaker and representatives from the Institute of Quantity Surveyors secured a meeting with the Building Minister’s Forum Chair and Federal Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy at Parliament House in Canberra.

On the agenda we discussed a number of items including:

  • Reviewing the recently released Shergold – Weir Report and discussing ways to improve productivity and increase employment
  • Discussing (in particular the first 4 recommendations) about how we achieve a nationally consistent approach to the registration of certain categories of building practitioners and compulsory Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • The potential for further discussion with other government stakeholders reference a more harmonised approach to teaching between universities

The meeting was fruitful and well received with the AIB particularly focusing on how facilities such as the current AIB National Building Professionals Register could significantly assist in delivering initiatives such as this. There will certainly be more to come in this arena.

And before we wrap up this week, thanks to the team in WA for putting together another spectacular night for their Professional Excellence Awards. Just over 300 people headed to Crown at Burswood for a memorable evening and showcasing some outstanding individual talent from our profession.

The final state/territory Awards before we head off to Canberra for the National Awards in September will be in Victoria on 20 July.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone

Greg Hughes