Survey seeks updated ‘pulse check’ of architecture industry

The Association of Consulting Architects is conducting a third “pulse check” survey of how architecture practices are faring with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ACA’s first two surveys conducted in mid- and late-March at the height of the health crisis in Australia revealed practices have had an estimated $5 billion worth of projects cancelled or delayed and 78 percent of practices have had to negotiate changes to the employment arrangements of staff.

This third survey seeks to further gauge the changes to employment arrangements, including the level of reduced hours and/or pay, as well as the number of practices that have sought government financial assistance, including the JobKeeper wage subsidy.

In a message to members, ACA national president John Held said, “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 support; some have already re-opened offices, others are investigating extended remote working. All are carefully considering the options.

“A lot has changed since our last pulse check was conducted a month ago. The ACA Pulse Check No. 3 tracks what happened and increases knowledge of what is needed to ensure a robust future for architectural practices.”

The survey closes on Tuesday 2 June. It can be found on the ACA website.

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