NATIONAL PRESIDENT’S UPDATE

The busy schedule for institute activities has now seen the conclusion of our Chapter rounds for the Professional Excellence Awards presentations. We have completed the July events with award presentations in Melbourne and Sydney, and our PE winners across all events have now been grouped for the National Judging that commenced on 29th July following the NSW Chapter dinner.

The last month has seen the passing of two senior AIB Life Fellows. The first was the passing of Don “Billy” Cockram MBE LFAIB a VIC Chapter member, MBAV President and past AIB National President on Tuesday 18 June at the age of 94. I was not available to attend the service due to travel commitments away from Melbourne, but a number of AIB members including Don Sarah a past AIB National President who travelled from Adelaide. Don had remained a close friend of “Bill” from the commencement of their respective building careers. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with his wife Caroline, and their three daughters Lulu, Licky and Alex and the extended Cockram family at this time of condolence.

It was also sad news that our esteemed member from the WA Chapter, John Doust AM LFAIB passed away on Monday 22 July at the age of 87. John had recently attended the WA Chapter dinner, to present the John L Doust Annual Honorary Award for 2019 to Fraser Hudson for the Best Dissertation by a final year Curtin University Student of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) Course. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with Benson (son) and Carina (daughter), as well as the extended family at this sad time of condolence.

Insurance Issues for industry

This week we have been invited to contribute to an industry round table to address the Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) challenges currently facing the certifier / building surveyor sector. This important consultation process supports the working group in NSW led by John Tansey. States and Territories are finalising an options paper, led by NSW and Queensland, that will form the basis of the options for consultation.

The BMF has tasked Senior Officials with reporting back to the BMF on the outcomes of consultation on the options in September. This invitation comes directly off the recent BMF attendance by the AIB and I am looking forward to again work with Darren Pavic of BRIC on this important consultation as Indemnity Insurance changes are impacting many areas of our industry.

So, the AIB are clearly involved advocating for our membership as this unfolds.

Presidential duties in the last period has included:

  • Informal committee meeting with Gerry Keating the incoming QLD Chapter President and Sean Kelly the retiring QLD Chapter President to update on institute activities around the country;
  • Attending the QLD Chapter Awards dinner in Brisbane;
  • Attending the HK Chapter ACM, and industry group meetings in Hong Kong;
  • Attending Professional Interviews for members and fellow upgrades in both the HK Chapter and Macau Branch in Hong Kong and Macau;
  • Attending an informal update meeting with two SIBL board members in Singapore including briefing and promotion of the COW International Building conference in Sydney;
  • Attending a catch-up meeting with John Gelavis – Executive Director MBA WA and Greg Hughes;
  • Attending the WA Chapter awards presentations in Perth;
  • Attending a regulator introduction with meeting with Kevin Anderson and staff in Sydney;
  • Attending the NSW Chapter ACM in Sydney;
  • Attending a Building Ministers Forum meeting in Sydney;
  • Attending the VIC / TAS Chapter awards in Melbourne;
  • Attending the NSW Chapter awards in Sydney;
  • planning and teleconference meetings for the Institute as part of National Council governance;
  • meeting prospective partners to discuss initiative around AIB promotion;
  • Attending the funeral service for John Doust in Perth on behalf of the National Council.

Finally, the culmination of our Professional Excellence Awards program is just over 5 weeks away. The program this year sits in the middle of our international building conference Constructing our World in Sydney. We have this week listed two special offerings to allow you to capitalise on both the awards celebrations and the CPD opportunities within the conference.

These last-minute packages just released yesterday include a single Day + Dinner discount pass that gives you the choice to attend either Day 1 + Dinner or Dinner + Day 2. For busy builders who can’t take 4 days from a work week to enjoy the full program and site tour packages.

The second package is a corporate ticket to allow a business to share conference sessions among a group of individuals from the same company over the two-day program. A company with two tickets could effectively have 10 different individuals involved across the conference and dinner activities so no-one takes more than 4 hours out of their work week. All session materials and follow up information collected by attendees can also be distributed across the entire company after the conference.

Conference program details and bookings are made on-line using our secure platform provided by ConLog click here to go to the Constructing our World website.

Our program will cover the themes of People, Performance and Politics. Come on Day 1 to get some of the latest thinking that is transforming our building methodology around CPD – staying on top of your game, educating a workforce in South Africa, mental health in the workplace and strategic people planning that grows a business. Then the after-lunch program highlights process and innovation topic with a number of case studies and live examples of how the challenges in construction are being overcome by building smarter.

Day 2 opens with Politics and Finance information that includes the Financial Outlook in our Asia Pacific region presentation by James Kirby – Finance Journalist and Analyst. The New Zealand challenges, future of codes and standards and issues with government regulation as well as a panel discussion on the state of our industry and current regulation issues as impediments to building. The final session after lunch gathers the next generation of builders to offer their perspective from within our industry as recent entrants. Young Builders from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore will each share on the legacy they are receiving and why they accept or reject current practices in favour of being leaders in the next wave of successful building professionals.

This conference should not be missed, as it satisfies the majority of our annual CPD requirements in one place at one time. (an important yardstick for our regulators is active CPD on current industry and practice) We will also include updates on regulations and early advice we have received, through our work as advocates and contributors on behalf of the Building Industry in all building jurisdictions around Australia.

We are communicating regularly with those outside our professional network that an AIB member is a Chartered Building Professional who understands the need to deliver a consistent, professional service to both the building industry, and the end consumer.

This month, before the tickets are sold out, I would encourage busy builders to book and attend both the National Award Dinner, and at least one day of the International Constructing Our World Conference held in Sydney next month.

I am in Auckland next week with our CEO – Greg Hughes for our annual AIB and NZIOB planning and information meetings while attending the NZIOB Building Awards.

I look forward to seeing you soon at an AIB event!

David Burnell FAIB
National President, Australian Institute of Building