Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Software architect Bayer and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have released the first Ten Percent Compliance Wizard to enable the monitoring of Workforce Participation objectives associated with the Commonwealth-funded “Building the Education Revolution” (BER) Stimulus Package Projects.

The Compliance Wizard will help assure that the employment and training outcomes prescribed as part of the Commonwealth’s $43B Nation Building and Jobs Infrastructure Program will be achieved.

Prescribed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), the ‘Ten Percent Policy’ requires that 10% of labour hours on BER funded projects must be carried out by apprentices, trainees or employees from a range of identified backgrounds. South Australia and Queensland are the only states that have developed purpose-built reporting mechanisms. The Ten Percent Policy seeks to produce a training and workforce development dividend from Government investment in construction activity.

CITB CEO Steve Larkins said that the Ten Percent Compliance Wizard is “a step in the right direction to make BER projects more transparent and fair”.

“South Australia and Queensland are the only states with structured reporting mechanism – and are therefore in the position to enforce that 10% of workers have to be apprentices or have undertaken up-skilling training,” Mr Larkins said. “The wizard is a web-based system as distinct from Queensland’s more documentation-driven approach. The Ten Percent Policy which the Wizard supports, has been part of a wider strategy to ensure South Australia create, develop and retain a highly skilled construction workforce.”

Bayer Principal Architect Stefan Wagner said that BER Project Owners can use the wizard to quickly add building sub-contractors, accessing business intelligence from the CITB Training and Levy Administration System (TALAS) and the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI) Project Profile information.

“It defines project trades roles for various project types, such as activity halls and libraries,” Mr Wagner said. “It further allows for the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST) – ‘Skill Connect’ Employment service to submit Employer/Employee data from programs supporting people into work using a secure Web Services interface, and for that information to be captured in the broader reporting framework.”

Mr Wagner said that the Ten Percent Compliance Wizard could be used for other projects, such as social housing, which have similar compliance criteria for builders.

The new Ten Percent Compliance Wizard is accessible online at

About Building the Education Revolution (BER)
The Building the Education Revolution (BER) program is the largest element of the Australian Government’s $42 billion Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan, with around 24 000 projects to be delivered in every community across Australia.

The $16.2 billion BER program aims to modernise schools through the delivery of necessary infrastructure, and by doing so, support local jobs and stimulate investment. About $1.2B is to be spent in SA. The BER is now in its most dynamic phase with construction underway in thousands of schools across the country. In many locations, students, teachers and their communities are already enjoying the benefits of recently completed projects delivering world-class, 21st century facilities.

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Bayer Pty Ltd is a Software Architecture Firm with headquarters in Adelaide. Bayer has been involved in a number of high profile projects in South Australia. National & International clients cover government & private industry organisations, such as CITB, South Australia Police and Parliament House Canberra and German Telecom. Bayer’s value propositions and success has been in areas like Enterprise & Solutions Architecture, Business Process Management and Service Oriented Architecture. They key to Bayer’s success is based on genuine passion to gain intimate domain knowledge in all aspects of clients business model and processes and strong long-term relationships with stakeholders.

According to Bayer’s business model, the firm intentionally will not offer fixed-price project proposals, as they are deemed outdated and inferior to an adaptive, iterative approach, yielding a much better quality outcome for clients. With the adaptive planning approach clients see their application system grow and mature, giving them a better feeling of control and confidence. The iterative approach demands a much higher level of project & development interaction from client staff, allowing them continued input. Specifications become living documents, rather than an inflexible commitment as a result of the scope lock-in, being part of the fixed-price proposal. The main issue with fixed prices proposals is that any change in requirements and circumstances results in a costly change request, which eventually makes the project considerably more expensive than it has to be. Further, the iterative approach also prepares and embraces change, which allows for earlier stage releases of project iterations.
Mr Stefan Wagner
P: 08 8461 9559
M: 0403 284 294


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