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With the result of the election result still in the balance with a hung parliament, we are waiting to firm up our advocacy plan for the remainder of the year. Regardless of who wins, we will be advocating strongly for the profession to be recognised for innovative design leadership and will be at the forefront of advising our Federal Government about ways to address key challenges that are facing our towns and cities. 

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Final Chapter Awards announced over the weekend!

It was New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia's turn to celebrate projects at their respective chapter award presentations. Another round of congratulations to all involved, make sure to check out the full list of winners.

Image: SA Residential Architecture – Houses (New) - The John S Chappel Award - West End Residence by Ashley Halliday Architects

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What's on


Acumen update - New published notes

Under the direction of the Acumen Content Review Panel, Acumen continues to be updated year-round with new and revised notes, including downloadable resources such as ABIC contracts and guide letters. Acumen covers three primary streams: Practice, Project and Resource.

This month, we are happy to introduce two newly published notes.

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Remuneration Resolutions for EOFY

The National Committee for Gender Equity is asking all architectural firms to take the initiative of reviewing and reforming their remuneration policies this EOFY.

Leone Lorrimer, NSW member of the Gender Equity Committee, has put together a list of resolutions and guides to help us all make and keep good End of Financial Year Resolutions. 

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Competitions & Opportunities

Standards Australia: EOIs still open

The Institute is currently a Nominating Organisation with Standards Australia, and we are currently participating in Standards Australia’s Standards Development activity. The Nominating Organisation appoints a representative to represent the views of that organisation’s interest group during the development of a Standard.

There is a vacancy for a representative to be a member of the Technical Committee FP-020 revising AS 3959.1-20 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas.

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SuperStudio dates are set!
Fri 12 - Sat 13 Aug

The 24hr competition gives students the opportunity to explore original ideas in response to a brief set by this year’s creative directors Catriona McLeod and John Price. The winning team of three will receive return flights and entry to La Biennale Architeturra 2018! 

If you are a student, register individually via the website. Institute members can also mentor during the 24hr competition, offering guidance to teams as they unpick the brief and create their presentation. Email SONA or visit for more information.

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SONA 3/4 Membership

STUDENTS - if you want to take part in SuperStudio but haven't renewed your membership, now is the time! Get SONA ¾ membership rates for $65, which means you'll have SONA benefits until 31 Mar 2017. Membership can give you a great introduction to the industry, a boost on your CV, and a subscription to Architecture Australia.  Read more information via the website or email membership.

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Design Speaks - Housing Futures
22 Jul, Sydney

As housing density increases and the sharing economy grows, how can we harness these complexities to create housing models that will benefit the financial, social and environmental future of our cities? 

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