As conversations continue with the Housing Minister’s Laison Group, and the NCC 2022 Implementation Working Group (NIWG), I’d like to thank Anthony Coupe (Immediate Past SA President) for attending the most recent meeting, whilst I was interstate at the AIA National Council meeting. I’d also like to thank Nicolette our Chapter ED, Ruth, our National Climate Action Policy Officer, and the National team, for their ongoing contributions in this space.
We commend Minister Champion, and the Chair of the NIWG for the format in which the meetings have been conducted, which has enabled all organisations to be heard. As such we encourage the Minister to continue to play his vital role, and to provide a successful determination to ensure no further delays or exemptions and to support a full implementation of NCC 2022 by 1st October 2024.
Albeit this implementation only lifts the minimum regulatory standard, I am optimistic that it provides our profession with an opportunity to enact change. I congratulate all our members who continue to deliver projects that exceed these minimums as we work to provide the community with better quality outcomes.
The SA Chapter have also been actively involved in conversations with the APBSA over the last few months. This was prompted by queries from some members who were still experiencing a level of apprehension around requirements for Formal and Informal CPD, particular around the types of CPD Providers.
As a result of this consultation process, we are pleased to have seen the recent APBSA newsletter article around Continuing Professional Development. The Newsletter which was released on 9th of October, outlined the recent adjustments to CPD Provider Categories. The SA Chapter welcomes this news and believes it will clarify the SA CPD rules, allowing architects to self-assess formal CPD activities with confidence.
As the last quarter of 2023 gets underway the SA Chapter have invited Craig Holden, Chair of State Planning Commission to join the Chapter Council for a presentation on the Greater Adelaide Regional Plan, discussion paper followed by a workshop, to aid in the formulation of a submission to the paper. We have also invited Andrea Michaels, Minister for Small and Family Business to the Chapter to make a presentation on the recently launched SA Small Business Strategy, for our Small and Sole Practitioner members.
We have a busy month ahead. For me, it will close with an eagerly anticipated trip to Canberra for the National Conference, where I look forward to hearing from the fabulous line-up of speakers, and to bring back some learnings. I also can’t wait to attend the National Architecture Awards and share in the celebrations of our peers and colleagues. If you are heading across for the events, please reach out.
SA Chapter President – Australian Institute of Architects
SA Emerging Architect Prize – 2023