MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT

23 JULY 2020

This week I am happy to advise Geoff Dart our new Executive Director has successfully relocated from Melbourne and commenced work with the Australian Institute of Building. Geoff is currently available with remote office access as he complies with the 14-day isolation requirement before he can circulate in the Canberra community. If you want to introduce yourself, Geoff is available by email on ed@aib.org.au

It has been a busy week for AIB activities with Chapter judging of our 2020 Professional Excellence Awards completed we are now finalising the Chapter Awards book. Our members and entrants are very keen to know when award presentations will occur. I can confirm we have some States with more relaxed COVID restrictions; and the Chapters and National office have been working hard over the last month to secure new venue dates where live presentations can be held in larger groups. We are anticipating any face to face events will be allowed to start in late September or October so I would ask you to have just a little patience as many organisations like us are competing for dates and venues to fit 4 months of non-activity into the next few months before Christmas.

We will get details out to entrants directly, as well as Chapter Members so you can all celebrate your outstanding projects for 2019. For Chapters like Victoria we are planning latest possible dates however the recent state lockdown may now require a change of format to allow us to get these awards presented before the end of 2020.

We also have our Annual Chapter Meeting season running at the moment and many members will have advice of either ‘face to face with social distancing’ or virtual meetings being held in the next month. Make sure you confirm attendance on our Eventbrite booking form for these free events. These Chapter meetings will also provide a forum to report to members on the Awards field received by each Chapter.

We are continuing with Course Accreditation work for a number of our University partners throughout this year, and we have adjusted this program to complete reviews of course material remotely; while deferring the actual site visit component, given the operational constraints on both travel and having University staff and students in attendance with our review teams.

While those members that paid membership subscriptions by 30th June, I expect you have now received your tax deductable receipts to assist with your tax preparations. It is still not too late to finalise your 2020 / 2021 membership subscription if this was not a priority before tax time. Our 4-instalment payment plan is still available for members who want to remain connected and need some support to do so. Simply contact membership@aib.org.au and request a payment plan form to allow us to assist you.

We are also aware that NBPR subscriptions for the National Building Professionals Register commence from 1 July 2020 for those NBPR members who don’t have this association linked to their existing AIB records. You can update your contact details or request your NBPR subscription or receipts by emailing nbpr@aib.org.au

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 currently have members actively engaged in most Chapters, a particularly big group of work is occurring in NSW with the substantial reforms led by the NSW Building Commissioner and the six pillars working groups. Both Robert Holdom – NSW Chapter President and myself are continuing the AIB consultation input for the Building Confidence Response in relation to the Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2020.

In parallel, the ABCB – National Registration Framework for Building Practitioners Paper is out for open comment so any AIB members views on the points that should be supported for National registration should get these comments to our National Office before Monday 17th August to allow these to be considered within the AIB Submission.

Direct comments to Geoff on ed@aib.org.au

Members can access the discussion paper on https://consultation.abcb.gov.au/engagement/dp-national-registration-framework/?utm_source=NCC+subscription+list+%5BAll%5D&utm_campaign=adb4bc3c51-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_06_24_03_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5e6389f8aa-adb4bc3c51-71141467

Have a great day and stay safe wherever you are working at the moment. If you missed my presentation on “The Future Normal” webinar last night you could track down details through our event host Mecca Events.

David Burnell FAIB
National President, Australian Institute of Building