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Spring 2017


  • Mandatory IHAPs for Sydney Councils
  • The Danger of Provisional Sums
  • Dangerous Construction Materials
    – What Are Your Obligations?
  • Simpli cation of Biodiversity Conservation Legislation
  • Grenfell – A Photo Essay

Winter 2017


  • Breaching Council Development Standards
  • Draft Amendments to NSW Fire Safety Legislation
  • AS 11000: General Conditions of Contract – Opportunity Lost?
  • Simplifying the Planning System? Key Reforms Proposed to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
  • Can Money Buy Time? A Story all too Common in Construction Industry

Autumn 2017


  • Back-to-School for Educational Establishments and Child Care Centres
  • What to Consider When Commencing a Fitout Project
  • Specialised Asset Valuation and the QS
  • The Requirement for a Reference Date Under a Contract for the Making of a Valid Payment Claim: Southern Han Breakfast Point Pty Ltd (in Liquidation) v Lewence Construction Pty Ltd
  • Draft Education and Child Care SEPP

Summer 2016


  • Same, Same or Different? A Reminder About the Limitation on Amendments to Plans in the Land and Environment Court
  • Insolvency Risks – Key Points for Parties to Remember
  • Things to Consider in Post-Tender Value Engineering
  • The Value of Council Engagement During Design
  • Development Consents – Sometimes, What’s the Point?
  • Buying and Selling Planning Decisions

Client Communiqués

State Environmental Planning Policy 2017 – Commenced


The new State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Childcare Facilities) 2017 (ESEPP) commenced on 1 September 2017. Contrary to normal Parliamentary practice, quite limited transitional provisions were included in the ESEPP. Complying Development Certificate (CDC) applications, which were lodged pursuant to the ISEPP and which have not yet been determined, have no effect. Any CDC applications must be recommenced under the ESEPP.

State Environmental Planning Policy 2017


The Department of Planning has advised EPM Planning (EPM) that the draft State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 (‘the ESEPP’) will be referred to the Minister for Planning for review within the next two months. It is anticipated that the ESEPP will be promulgated within a few weeks of referral to the Minister.

A NSW Certified Consultant


On 8 July 2016, EPM attained certification as a provider of Consulting Project Management Services to the NSW Government. This is relevant to our clients because it is an independent endorsement of our experience, capability and systems that follow a rigorous and extensive assessment process. In particular, EPM was required to demonstrate the following to the satisfaction of the NSW Government

White Papers

Modern Project Procurement Methods Part 1


Understanding The Procurement Methods


This white paper describes the most common methods for procuring building projects.  It provides an overview by Andrew Graham (Managing Director, epm Projects Pty Ltd). In doing so, Andrew relies on his own experience as a project manager as well as the collective wisdom of his management team which represents nearly 100 years’ experience in project management. This paper considers the advantages and disadvantages of each method, important matters in selecting a method, and key elements for managing the selected method.  It concludes with a summary of seven guiding principles.  It serves to assist owners and procurement managers to make informed decisions so that they are given every opportunity to make their projects a success.


Section 1 – Project Procurement Methods

Section 2 – Advantages & Disadvantages of Procurement Methods

Modern Project Procurement Methods Part 2


Selecting & Administering A Method


This is Part 2 of a 2-part white paper that describes the most common methods for procuring building projects, and should be read in conjunction with Part 1 – downloadable separately.


In Part 2 you will find:

Section 3 – Selecting the Preferred Method

Section 4 – Risk allocation Considerations

Section 5 – Project Administration Considerations

White Paper and DPE Submission on ESEPP


This white paper describes the key implications for non-government schools of the draft State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 (ESEPP), including the proposed changes to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000 (Schools Regulation), in contrast to the current State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 (ISEPP).

Informational Videos

What to look for when selecting a Project Manager


Selecting a contracting method for your building project


Strategies for successful projects


The role of the project manager


Developing a Master Plan


News Articles