Planning Institute of Australia

The culture of how we plan has become increasingly important in a nation where national disasters, weather and a fluctuating global economy can change the way a community operates overnight. With five thousand unique members across a broad range of sectors, the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) has the challenging task of representing not only the needs and interests of its professional members, but also of upholding the interests of the industry itself.

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Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner

The Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) was established in 2005 to promote sustainable Occupational Health and Safety cultural change in the building and construction industry, primarily through the administration of the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme). The Scheme places an important focus on elements of OHS that, in the past, have often been overlooked, including safe design, senior management commitment to OHS, and OHS performance measurement.

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Australian Institute of Building (AIB)

With over twenty-four hundred members throughout Australia and another four hundred in overseas postings, the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) represents nearly twenty-five per cent of all professionally trained Australian builders. In doing so, it helps to ensure that the level of professionalism within the industry is maintained by assuring consumer protection, quality of process and end product, value for money, and – most importantly – a professional code of ethics for the built environment industry.

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Consult Australia

In an industry still struggling to overcome the hardships incurred from the GFC and the last year of difficult weather, Consult Australia represents the interests of those exact professionals who are generally called upon within the industry to do the research, to set the standards, and to promote the industry. These individuals and companies are well-informed and have intelligent information and perspectives to share in public debate.

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The Green Building Council of Australia

The firms and professionals we feature in these pages often speak of the “Green Star” rating system. Indeed, a great many of the companies profiled here, and the buildings they create, boast impressive five- and six-star ratings. But what exactly does it mean to attain such a rating?

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CCF

The Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) is the member based representative body of civil engineering contractors in Australia, providing assistance and expertise in contractor development and industry issues. The Federation represents more than 2,000 small, medium and large sized contractors that are part of an industry which employs around 350,000 people.

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PCA

As the world begins to recover from the game-changing Global Financial Crisis (GFC), governments in Australia are attempting to stimulate the economy by committing to “untangle red tape and modernise the rules that govern the Australian Marketplace.” With over eleven million Australians invested in the $600 billion property industry, it is essential to take a step back and ensure that the right choices are being made.

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QDIP

As Australia faces the double-edged sword of population growth and increasing urbanisation, it needs clever solutions to manage its growth, development, and livability. The population of the state of Queensland, in particular, is predicted to double to more than 8 million by the year 2054, with the area seeing about 2,000 new residents every week.

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UDIA

With a population fast approaching 22 million, the need for accessible housing in Australia is becoming urgent. As one of the most urbanised countries on the planet, an estimated 16 million Australians – about 80 per cent – reside in the country’s cities and towns.

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DTEI

At the start of a new term for the Rann administration, South Australia is poised at last to realize its full economic potential. Celebrating an unprecedented government investment in public infrastructure and embracing an entirely new approach to implementation and development, the Ministry for the Department for Transportation, Energy and Infrastructure is continuing to push forward with its 2002 Strategic Infrastructure Plan for South Australia (SIPSA).

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Home Automation

Call it ‘domotics,’ and you are likely to receive a blank stare, but refer to it as ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation,’ and you will get a nod of acknowledgement. For the past few years, consumers have heard the word ‘smart’ attached to countless products and services, from food and drink to snacks like popcorn and mobile phones, which no one seems to refer to as a ‘cellphone’ anymore. Yet what, exactly, constitutes ‘smart’?

January 17, 2019, 6:10 AM AEDT