The ability of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) to protect the interests of the building profession derives from strong relationship between the membership, elected office bearers and staff. This relationship is developed through a number of national committees composed of members who volunteer their time to make a positive contribution to changing the training standards, regulatory framework and commercial environment in which the building and construction industry operates.
Courses Assessment and Education Committee (AIB-CAEC)
Chair – Dr Ron Webber FAIB
Since 1975 the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) has provided accreditation to selected university qualifications in building management related disciplines. This accreditation has origins in the leading role that AIB played in the creation of the first, and subsequent, university courses specialising in building and construction management. This work is managed through the Courses Assessment Committee which has responsibilities that include:
- Developing and implementing policies and procedures for the assessment of courses and accreditation of degrees;
- Managing the Institutes course assessment system;
- Approving or endorsing the accreditation of academic qualifications in accordance with current policy;
- Cooperating with other associations in approved joint course assessment system; and
- Recommending a nominee each year for the Teaching Excellence Award.
Since its formation in 1951 the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) has played a leading role in the development of qualifications in building and construction management related disciplines. The Education Committee coordinates this activity at a national level, with a specific emphasis on promoting the AIB recognised qualifications as a pathway to membership. Similarly, as the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector has matured as a result of government reform, AIB has played a positive role in ensuring that VET sector qualifications meet the need of the building profession. Responsibilities of the Education Committee include the following:
- Raising the profile of students, graduates and staff of programs leading to AIB accredited and endorsed awards;
- Encouraging a greater demand for AIB accredited and endorsed awards;
- Ensuring a high level of articulation into university programs from the Vocational Education and Training (VET) / TAFE sector; and
- Developing policies for the administration and delivery of CPD programs suitable for the building profession.
Industry & Government Liaison Committee (AIB-IGL)
Chair – John Gaskin AM FAIB
Members of the Australian Institute of Building, through the AIB-IGL Industry & Government Liaison Committee, make a positive contribution to affecting changes to the commercial, technical and regulatory environment in which building professionals work. Members support the development of submissions on a range of matters at a national level that are progressed via submissions to Parliamentary enquiries, Productivity Commission inquiries or direct lobbying to government departments, Ministers and other stakeholders within the building and construction industry.The AIB-IGL Industry & Government Liaison Committee also coordinates the building profession’s contribution to the development of building policy and building codes.AIB has an accomplished history in effecting change to the regulatory and commercial environment in which the building and construction industry operates. AIB members have the opportunity to contribute to the national policy debate through their participation in the AIB-IGL Industry and government liaison committee and its technical subcommittees. The responsibilities of AIB-IGL included the following:
- Lobbying the Commonwealth Government for the adoption of AIB policies;
- Liaising with other industry bodies at a national level with the aim of strengthening AIB’s position on relevant issues;
- Forming and maintaining alliances with kindred organisations, as appropriate for long or short term goals;
- Improving the AIB’s profile by disseminating its position on relevant issues to stakeholders;
- Gaining the confidence of governments and regulators in AIB member’s service to society; and
- Striving to ensure that the AIB is among the first organisations that the Commonwealth Government consult when contemplating new measures.
External Appointments and Awards Committee (AIB-EAA)
Chair – Greg McLean OAM FAIB
The AIB-EAA External Appointments & Awards Committee is tasked with providing recommendations to the Board for external appointments. A considered approach allows for an independent assessment of whether a person is worthy for recognition and also allows factors that may not be know to Chapters or individual Councillors to be taken into account. In undertaking these tasks the committee considers the strategic importance of the appointment and honour to the Institute and / or the broader building profession. It also reviews the needs of the organisation making the appointment, considering the skills or attributes the person that allows the nominee to make a meaningful contribution. The AIB-EAA Committee is tasked with:
- Securing appointments of prominent building professionals to advisory positions within Australian universities;
- Recommending to the Board that an individual be nominated by AIB as a worthy recipient of an honour under the Australian Honours system;
- Other appointments as referred to it by the Council.
Membership Services Committee (AIB-MSC)
Chair – David Burnell FAIB
AIB as a membership organization must ensure that its membership structure provides the appropriate level of recognition for building professionals working within the construction industry. The role of the AIB-MSC Membership Services Committee includes:
- Reviewing members’ services and relevance;
- Reviewing the development of membership growth both in Australia and internationally;
- Reviewing and monitoring membership of the National Building Professionals Register;
- Making recommendations to enhance the growth of membership;
- Reviewing Young Members development, intake and promotion;
- Reviewing members movements through grades;
- Reviewing Chapter activities and services regarding promotion of membership; and
- Reviewing the Institutes membership policies.
Finance and Investments Committee (AIB-FIC)
Chair – David Burnell FAIB
The AIB Council takes its obligations to the membership in regard to managing member funds very seriously. As part of its corporate governance framework the Council relies on its its Finance and Investments Committee for regular advice and guidance on the Institute’s investments.
The responsibilities of the AIB-FIC Committee includes:
- monitoring the Institute’s finances and investments;
- in consultation with the Institute’s management, preparing the Institute’s annual budget and business plan;
- regularly review the Institute’s investments and make recommendations to Council; and
- carrying out other one off project tasks allocated to it by the Council such as business plans and feasibility reports.
Events and Sponsorship Committee (AIB-ESC)
Chair – Damian Rogers AM FAIB
The Events and Sponsorship Committee (ESC) is responsible to the Council for:
- managing the Professional Excellence Awards at national level;
- managing other national events as required such as conferences and study tours;
- with Chapter Committees on the management of Chapter events, particularly PEA dinners;
- obtaining and supporting National sponsorships
Governance and Risk Committee (AIB-GRC)
Chair – David Burnell FAIB
The Governance and Risk Committee (AIB-GRC) is responsible for the provision of advice and guideance to Council on governance issues. Included in its role is the currency of the Institute’s handbook (by-laws and regulations), the Council Resolution Register and the Institute’s Risk Register.
National Building Professionals Register
Chairman – Tony Avsec
Registrar – Col Ian Cumming
The NBPR Committee is responsible to the Council:
- managing the NBPR;
- approving the registration of applicants after assessment;
- sanctioning registrants in accordance with the NBPR Manual;
- setting registration fees for endorsement by the Executive Board;
- establishing guidelines and procedures for the Register’s operation; and
- reporting to Council.