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National Architecture Awards
Thursday 5 November,
University of Queensland

Welcome to the New South Wales Chapter

Welcome to the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. This is the entry point for the many exciting opportunities and events that the Institute offers its NSW and national members.

On this page you will find information on NSW CPD events. In the Quick links box to the right you will find links to other NSW events, as well as awards, services, resources and publications.

What’s happening in the New South Wales Chapter

New South Wales CPD events

Continuing professional development (CPD) events are a core component of the NSW Chapter's continuing professional development program. The series aims to present topics that are inspiring and tangible, providing knowledge that attendees can put into practice.


In most states of Australia, including NSW, it is compulsory for registered architects to do CPD. Be aware that A+ members of the Institute are required to accrue yearly CPD points regardless of their state of registration. Download a sample CPD Record form For more information about CPD for architects, see the Continuing professional development page on this website.     


Practice: Small
Thursday 22 October 9:00am - 12:30pm

Presenters: Will Fung & Tina Engelen CO-APPolly Harbison Polly Harbison Design, Genevieve Lilley Genevieve Lilley Architects.

What are the keys to creating a firm business foundation? How do you consolidate your practice and grow sustainably?  How do you compete with bigger firms and use your size strategically? How do you generate work and leverage projects in order to get the next job?

In a series of  forensic presentations, three small practices will share their practice strategies and learnings focusing on business structure, marketing, finding and keeping clients, adapting to new conditions and using their size strategically.

3 formal CPD points.

$75 Members | $65 A+ member |  $110 non-members | $50 Graduate member | $40 SONA member | $50 student non member.

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

Register online. Numbers strictly limited.

ABIC NSW Contracts: 
Changes to Simple Works and the new Cost Plus contract

Thursday 29 October 9:00am - 12:00pm                                                                    

Presenter: Richard Booth Director Bruce Henderson Architects Victoria and member of the ABIC Committee.

In August 2014, the Institute and Master Builders Australia released the new ABIC Commercial Cost Plus 2014 (CP-2014 C) contract, for commercial projects. In March 2015, ABIC SW-2008 Housing was updated. This seminar will cover the new Cost Plus Contract and the changes to ABIC SW for Housing in NSW and walk you through a best-practice approach to administering and executing each contract.
In particular the seminar will cover:
•    The suite of changes in the Simple Works Contract
•    Stage Payment Schedules in SW
•    Best practice in administering and executing each contract
•    New cost plus mechanisms explained relating to contractors fee options, determining the cost of works and claiming and assessing variations.
•    Understand the legal and legislative implications on using cost plus for residential projects
•    How to adapt Cost Plus to residential
•    The proposed changes to the ABIC Suite of contracts

Richard Booth is the Institute’s ABIC Contracts Committee Chair and a Director of Bruce Henderson Architects. He has been closely involved in the original development of the ABIC Suite of Contracts and their further development through to the present day.
2.5 formal CPD points.

$70 Members | $60 A+ member |  $105 Non-members | $45 Graduate member | $35 SONA member | $45 Student non-member

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

Register online. Numbers are strictly limited.


Terms & conditions for CPD events

  1. Fees – Fees must be paid in full before the event.
  2. Membership discounts – Institute members are entitled to the discounts shown, provided their membership number is quoted when the booking is made, and their membership subscription is active at the time of booking.
  3. Cancellations by Institute – The Institute reserves the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue. In the event of cancellation, bookings will be transferred to the next available event unless the registrant requests otherwise.
  4. Cancellations by attendee – Cancellations by the attendee must be received in writing. No refunds or cancellations are permitted within two (2) full working days prior to the event. 'No shows' will not be refunded.
  5. 'No Shows' - Due to CPD regulations the Institute is not permitted to hand out paperwork from seminar/workshops if registrants do not attend.

Newcastle CPD

For more information go to Newcastle and Country Division events page or contact Kandis Von Holdt - Newcastle Division on: 02 4960 4200.