4 April 2019

This last period has seen our awards submissions close and early bird registrations for Constructing our World in September open. Our full Council face to face meeting in March has now set some programs in place to work on recently approved initiatives.

We have a trial now running with a small cohort of matched students and industry mentors running and this has kicked off with the first implementation meeting. At the conclusion of this trial in July this year we will have some feedback on next steps to move this forward for implementation in more Chapters in the future. The National Council acknowledges the great work of Bob Wildermuth FAIB in Queensland, who completed the substantial amount of framework documentation up to the point of implementation.

Our Chapter judging panels have now commenced the process of reviewing and marking the Professional Excellence Award submissions to get to a list of finalists and winners ahead of the first Chapter Awards night which kicks off in Canberra on 23rd May so members should start booking tickets and tables for the various events running from May until July around the country.

Membership subscriptions have now been out for a couple of weeks and I would encourage members to contact the National Office on 02 6253 1100 next week if you have not yet seen an email from us with your invoice attached. In an effort to responsibly manage the institutes’ resources our first round of invoicing has been intentionally delivered electronically. If you have recently moved address or changed your contact details we would also ask that you update these by logging on using the website to check your current record. You can also pay directly by logging into your Membership and clicking Pay Membership Fee.

Finally this week I was privileged to attend as an observer the Deakin University – School Advisory Board. I was impressed that the school takes very seriously their commitment to monitor and continuously improve the content and delivery for the building degrees on offer at Deakin. The AIB is actively involved in supporting and accrediting some 15 degree courses around the country and we are pleased to see our comments on maintaining industry relevant content.

The balance of the week has included teleconferences and preparations for the various PEA dinner venues, responding to Industry commentators on ‘Shergold-Weir’ report progress across different States, Opal Towers and Cladding Issues to discuss facts and findings to better inform some of the forums about the detail rather than erroneous headlines.

So I look forward to seeing you at an AIB event soon.

David Burnell FAIB
National President, Australian Institute of Building