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Briefing Paper

Briefing note to Minister Stokes re clause 36 of the Infrastructure SEPP

Briefing Paper

Briefing note to Alister Henskens SC MP re amendment to the SEPP (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004

Briefing Paper

Briefing note to the Property Council re amendment to the SEPP (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004


Spring 2020


  • The benefits of urban consolidation centres
  • Sustainable building regulations: where are we heading?
  • When does a school development become a major project?
  • Long service leave levy fees

Summer 2020


  • Is a ‘Turnkey’ Delivery Method Right for Your Business
  • Combustable Cladding: Consideration for How it is Applied to Your Building
  • Interim Occupation Certificates – A Thing of the Past

Spring 2019


  • Development permitted without consent – what else do you need to know?
  • Development under ESEPP and consideration of existing conditions of consent
  • When is the best time to engage a quantity surveyor?
  • Is NEC4 the way forward for standard construction contracts in Australia?

Winter 2019


  • Lapsing of Development Consents; an update from the NSW Court of Appeal
  • Koala conservation
  • Combustable cladding
  • Simple questions to ask if your design is complete, accurate & coordinated

Archived Newsletters

Client Communiqués

Changes to BCA Affecting Project Cost and Risk – Client Seminar Summary


As part of the updated 2019 issue of the National Construction Code (NCC), significant changes were made to Section J. This information sheet follows the joint presentation by Umow Lai, WT Partnership and EPM Projects on 12 September 2019. It is provided to help you better understand the changes and the potential implications for your projects particularly in the areas of cost, time and risk, and how to proactively manage this.

The Imminent Demise of Interim Occupation Certificates?


The Department of Planning has stated that its intention is that staging of construction and staged occupation of developments, previously achieved by means of interim OCs, should continue. There are, however, some potential complications with the new scheme

Amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy


Recent legislative changes in New South Wales may impact on EPM Planning’s school clients. Amendments have been made to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Childcare Facilities) 2017 (‘ESEPP’).

The original ESEPP, which commenced on 1 September 2017, contained very limited transitional provisions.

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



Client Guides

Project Procurement Methods