- Article by Tili Bensley-Nettheim
The Association of Consulting Architects Australia’s (ACA) third ‘pulse check’ continues to track the impact of COVID-19 on the architecture industry, increasing knowledge of what is needed to ensure a robust future for architectural practices.
The ACA’s second ‘pulse check’, conducted at the end of March, revealed that 89 per cent of respondents had had projects cancelled or put on hold – worth an estimated $5 billion. It also found that 78 per cent of responding practices were either currently negotiating changes to employment arrangements, or expected to need to do so.
A month on, practices are assessing their circumstances and considering what the pandemic and associated downturn means in the short, medium and long terms.
Many have applied for JobKeeper Payments and other government support, some have already re-opened offices, others are investigating extended remote working.
The ACA third survey is seeking information about how practices are faring in this next phase of the pandemic’s fallout.
Survey questions focus on the experience accessing JobKeeper and other government subsidies, and the impact this has had on staffing decisions.
How your practice’s workflow is looking, how working arrangements are changing, and what you have learned from the new world of remote working are also of focus in this third survey.
Please contribute. The results will inform the ACA’s ongoing advocacy.
The survey results will be made available to all, so that other groups and organisations can also draw on this knowledge as they develop their own response.
Please answer once per practice, or one survey per state for multi-state offices – your answers should be accurate at the time of the survey (31 May–2 June 2020).
The survey closes COB Tuesday 2 June.
The ACA represents the interests of architectural employers in industrial matters and is working hard to provide resources and support for navigating COVID-19 pandemic conditions.
Please let us know how ADR can help your practice during this time. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.