National Seminar Series 2018

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NSS3: Getting the right fit: From briefing to specification
17 April - 15 May

AGM, Melbourne
15 May


National Seminar Series

The National Seminar Series is a selection of high-quality seminars delivered across Australia. Seminars cover topics addressing each of the competency standards: Design, Documentation, Project Delivery and Practice Management. If you would like to suggest a topic or if you have any feedback please contact the CPD Team.

Seminar Outline

Two vital steps to project success are communicating the client’s needs (in the brief) and communicating the detail of how those needs will be met (in specifications). The last two decades have seen great shifts in the responsibility of clients, consultants and builders for these key decisions. Shortcomings and shortcuts in these areas are regular contributors to defects and disputes.

Through case studies of claims, the legally qualified Risk Managers from informed by Planned Cover will discuss an architect’s duty of care when it comes to briefing and specifications, and look at ways to reduce the risks of errors and claims.

Presenter Biography

Wendy Poulton (Melbourne/Livestream, Queensland)
Risk Manager, informed by Planned Cover

Wendy has been a Risk Manager since 2005, providing plain English advice on     consultancy agreements, training consultants in risk management, and creating guidance materials on emerging challenges in the construction industry. She has lectured on insurance and risk management at RMIT and the University of Melbourne.
Previously, Wendy was a solicitor in the Commercial and Insurance Litigation section of Hunt and Hunt.  She was admitted as a solicitor in 1997, and completed a Masters in Construction Law in 2011.

Natalie Sullivan (Hobart, Launceston, Sydney)

Risk Manager, informed by Planned Cover

Natalie holds Bachelor degrees in Law and Economics and was admitted to practice as a Solicitor in New South Wales in 1997. Natalie has worked as a Solicitor/Associate at Sydney law firm, Colin Biggers & Paisley, in the Insurance Litigation Division, defending claims brought against professionals, and also as a Legal Advisor in the Commercial Claims division of an Insurer, managing claims and providing legal opinions on indemnity and policy interpretation issues. As a Risk Manager, Natalie draws on her experience to identify areas of risk for professionals and to develop seminars which inform and educate professionals on the risks associated with practice and strategies to manage those risks.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, attendees will be able to:

• Identity common errors in the briefing process to avoid risks and improve outcomes
• Evaluate and improve contract clauses regarding briefing obligations
• Identify and define common pitfalls in specification writing
• On each project, define and fulfil the architect’s role with respect to specification

CPD Points and Competency :
2 formal CPD points: Practice Management  

Pricing Structure: 

VIC, NSW, QLD Prices  TAS Prices
Member: $80.00 Member: $15.00
Non Member: $110.00 Non Member: $15.00 
A+ Member: $70.00 A+ Member: $15.00
Graduate: $40.00 Graduate: $15.00
SONA Member: $20.00 SONA Member: $15.00

TAS Livestream: please
email the Tasmanian Chapter 
CPD Coordinator directly on

Livestream Prices

Member Livestream: $50.00
A+ Member Livestream: $45.00  
Non Member Livestream: $70.00  
Graduate Livestream: complimentary  
Group Livestream Discount (Member only) 
5-10 members = $250.00
Contact: or 
(03) 8620 - 3905 to take up this offer

If you are a holder of a special circumstances membership such as 'Article 88', Parental leave or Post Graduate leave, please contact Bianca Haas on or (03) 8620 3905 for a discounted rate.  


Location / Chapter Date Time  Book online 

VIC Chapter
Level 2 / 41 Exhibition Street

Tuesday 17 April 

11.00am - 1.00pm
Event concluded 

Livestream (online)

Tuesday 17 April 
11.00am - 1.00pm (AEST)
Event concluded - we are working on the content for our Continuum
website should online learning
be your preferred option.

1/19a Hunter Street

Thursday 10 May
11.00am - 1.00pm
Event concluded 

TASMANIA (Launceston)
University of Tasmania

Architecture & Design
School of Technology, Environments & Design

Inveresk Campus
Rory Spence Lecture Theatre
Room: 108

Friday 11 May
9.00am - 11.00am
Event concluded 

NSW Chapter
3 Manning Street
Potts Point 

Tuesday 15 May
10.30am - 12.30pm
Event concluded 
QLD Chapter
Level 1 / 70 Merivale Street
South Brisbane

Tuesday 15 May
10.30am - 12.30pm
Event concluded 

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Terms & conditions for CPD events

  1. The Australian Institute of Architects has the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue of an event.  
  2. In the event of cancellation, on demand video of the presentation or a refund will be offered to the registrant.
  3. Applications for refunds require two (2) working days notice prior to the event. 
  4. People attending in replace of the registered person must pay the ticket fee associated with their membership type. 
  5. Please note that start and end times are an estimation. Some seminars may finish earlier or later than the proposed time.