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Business cycles

Published: 29 October 2015

Like other cyclical industries, building and construction activity is driven by a number of economic events that operate individually or in ...


Profit - relevant definitions

Published: 23 October 2015

Some definitions need to be given because many expressions related to 'profit' are themselves variable in interpretation. The following explanations ...


Common leave entitlements

Published: 26 May 2014

Enquiries to the Institute of Architects HR Service often involve clarifying an employee’s leave entitlements and employer obligations. Some of the ...


Casual or permanent employment

Published: 5 September 2018

(Previously known as Casual or permanent? – an age old issue) It is imperative that employers correctly classify their employees as either permanent ...


Workplace Health and Safety (WHS)

Published: 19 December 2017

(Previously known as Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace) Under the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) legislation, previously known as ...


Copyright and confidentiality - employee's duty

Published: 8 November 2018

Employees of architectural practices often work for several firms in order to gain experience before ultimately starting up their own practice. A ...


Asset planning

Published: 25 June 2015

It is reasonable and ethical for architects to ensure that their practice is covered by a level of professional indemnity insurance which is ...



Published: 22 October 2012

Architectural practices, like any professional and business enterprise, have a constant need of interviewing skills. The interview is a common ...


Employment agreements - sample clauses

Published: 8 November 2018

It is strongly recommended that employment agreements include provisions that address the employee's duties in relation to confidentality and ...


Social media and the workplace

Published: 26 March 2013

(Reviewed 18 June 2018) As the use of social media in the business world continues to increase in popularity, many businesses are becoming aware of ...


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