Retrofit : Retrofit Volume 1 2012
76 • RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 1 NUMBER 1 2012 | Professional The Council is asking all levels of government to work collectively as part of this process to deliver a step change in how they approach skills and sustainability through the development of a national action plan. ASBEC is the leading peak body of key organisations committed to a sustainable built environment in Australia, with its members consisting of industry and professional associations, non-government organisations and government observers who are involved in the planning, design, delivery and operation of our built environments. Industry practitioners at all levels across Australia’s built environments need to continually update their skills to meet the environmental, social and economic challenges our cities face. From climate change to population growth and community development, professional development, education and training have not kept pace with requirements or expectations. Where progress has been made it generally lacks coordination, with considerations around sustainability still regularly seen as additional rather than core. ASBEC asserts that sustainability skills and education need to be embedded across the Australian economy to ensure the success of any transition to a low-carbon future. The Council is calling for a step change that embeds sustainability skills and education as standard practice across the Australian economy, urging the Australian Government to host a Built Environment Skills Forum as the basis for developing a COAG-endorsed Education for Life National Action Plan that seeks to deliver: • actions to develop a strong culture of continuing professional development to address the lack of understanding that education should be for life and not simply at the beginning of someone’s career • coordinated strategies to address existing deficits in skills for sustainability that are increasingly affecting the built environment sector’s ability to deliver government policy and meet community expectations • delivery of lower levels of risk for investors in our buildings and cities through a more informed and skilled workforce that treats sustainability as a core focus and not an optional extra, and understands the various costs and benefits • recognition and development of appropriate industry-based professional standards that will assist in avoiding the need for government regulation of professions by supporting Leading industry body calls for ‘embedding’ of skills for a sustainable future The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) has called on the Australian Government to provide leadership in building those skills that will ensure a safe, productive and sustainable future for all Australians.
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