National Seminar Series 2018

National Seminar Series

The National Seminar Series is a selection of high-quality seminars delivered across Australia. Seminars cover topics addressing each of the competency standards: Design, Documentation, Project Delivery and Practice Management. If you would like to suggest a topic or if you have any feedback please contact the CPD Team.

Seminar Outline

Safety is in the detail.  Your small decisions can have big implications.

As the creator of the designs, architects more than any other group, have the opportunity to influence safety in construction, maintenance and use of the built environment.  By understanding the issues and challenges of the construction project and the ongoing use of the structure, architects have the ability to provide innovative solutions to these challenges.

This seminar will provide a refresher on the work health and safety legislation in relation to designer responsibilities and discuss how designers can achieve a safe design approach in their projects.   The focus will include what designers should endeavour to eliminate from the workplace and design innovations which can create productive workplaces free from injury and disease.  The seminar will address methods of communicating safe design in documents, plans and reports to ensure that design intent is not lost in the build process.

Deborah will be discussing trends and issues in the industry which the designer may need to consider, including:

  • “Drop In” construction techniques to eliminate or minimise risks associated with working at height
  • Quality of materials and the supply chain – case studies (the Grenfell Tower fire and other material failures)
  • Access design – beauty in accessibility.
  • Challenges with conservation and heritage projects
  • Visualisation of design – virtual reality, 3D laser imaging, Building Information Modelling

Presenter Biography


Deborah Hammond and OHS Solutions have been at the forefront of providing Safety in Design Services since the concept became a legal reality in 2011.  As the initial creator of the Safety in Design course for Sydney University and Consult Australia, she has been providing advice to the construction industry on implementation within legal guidelines, and best practice applications.

 Deborah has facilitated safety in design reviews on a number significant projects including:

  • Health facilities including Lifehouse at RPAH (cancer centre); Royal North Shore Hospital Clinical Services Building; St George hospital redevelopment, Westmead Hospital Redevelopment; University of Canberra Public Hospital (Rehabilitation facility), Mark Moran at Vaucluse (retirement and aged care facility)
  • Research facilities including Biological Sciences and Science and Engineering at UNSW, and Charles Perkins Centre, USyd
  • Student accommodation at UNSW and USyd
  • Hotel developments including Hyatt Regency, Sandstone precinct, The Star
  • Residential developments in Erskineville, Sydney CBD including Greenland and Central Park.
  • Port Botany Expansion and Williamtown RAAF; and
  • Green Square Library.

Deborah has also presented for the the Institute previously in 2014 for our  National Seminar Series on the topic of Safe Design: An opportunity for safety innovation.

Some member feedback from our series included: 
“Excellent! Best yet”,  
“Found her use of real problem scenarios useful”,
“Huge amount of information in 2 hours; very well presented”

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, attendees will be able to:

• Understand health and safety legislation relating to designers.
• Identify workplace hazards and their harmful effects.  What should designers target to eliminate from  the built     environment?
• Develop design innovation to facilitate health and productivity of workers.
• Understand facilitation of safety in design reviews.  
• Identify different approaches to documenting “unusual or atypical features” in design.

CPD Points and Competency :
2 formal CPD points: Documentation and Design

Pricing Structure: 

VIC, NSW, QLD Prices  TAS Prices WA Prices 
Member: $80.00 Member: $15.00 Member: $44.00
Non Member: $110.00 Non Member: $15.00  Non Member: $88.00
A+ Member: $70.00 A+ Member: $15.00 A+ Member: $33.00
Graduate: $40.00 Graduate: $15.00 Graduate: $44.00
SONA Member: $20.00 SONA Member: $15.00
SONA Member: $22.00 

TAS Livestream: please
email the Tasmanian Chapter 
CPD Coordinator directly on

Livestream Prices
Member Livestream: $50.00
A+ Member Livestream: $45.00    
Non Member Livestream: $70.00    
Graduate Livestream: complimentary    
Group Livestream Discount (Member only) 
5-10 members = $250.00
Contact: or 
(03) 8620 - 3905 to take up this offer

If you are a holder of a special circumstances membership such as 'Article 88', Parental leave or Post Graduate leave, please contact Bianca Haas on or (03) 8620 3905 for a discounted rate.  


Location / Chapter Date Time  Book online 

WA Chapter

33 Broadway

Monday 19 March 

8.00am - 10.00am (WT)
prior 5pm 18 March

TAS Chapter (Hobart)
1 / 19a Hunters Street

Tuesday 20 March
12.00 midday - 2.00pm
prior 5pm 19 March

TASMANIA (Launceston)
University of Tasmania
School of Creative Arts - Inveresk |College of Arts, Law and Education
Meeting Room IA.192
4 Invermay Road, Inveresk

Wednesday 21 March 
1.00pm - 3.00pm
prior 5pm 20 March 
VIC Chapter
2/41 Exhibition Street

Monday 26 March
11.00am - 1.00pm
prior 5pm 25 March


Monday 26 March
11.00am - 1.00pm (ESDT)
prior 5pm 25 March
NSW Chapter
3 Manning Street
Potts Point 

Tuesday 27 March
10.30am - 12.30pm
prior 5pm 26 March
QLD Chapter
Level 1 / 70 Merivale Street
South Brisbane

Wednesday 28 March
11.00am - 1.00pm
prior 5pm 27 March

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Terms & conditions for CPD events

  1. The Australian Institute of Architects has the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue of an event.  
  2. In the event of cancellation, on demand video of the presentation or a refund will be offered to the registrant.
  3. Applications for refunds require two (2) working days notice prior to the event. 
  4. People attending in replace of the registered person must pay the ticket fee associated with their membership type. 
  5. Please note that start and end times are an estimation. Some seminars may finish earlier or later than the proposed time.