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Welcome to the first edition of ICI's new e-magazine. 


I'm excited to be introducing to you the first edition of ICI’s brand new e-magazine for the civil industry, Get on Course, which promises to deliver tips and information you need about management learning in civil, plus updates on our upcoming training course program.


There is so much on the cards for ICI in 2019; the launch, the delivery and spreading the word. I am delighted to say we have added of our specialist ICI Civil Training Consultant to the team to help with this, who is on hand to guide you through your training journey and produce the best possible outcome for you and your career.

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FYI, for those who might be wondering; while I am CEO of the ICI, I am also CEO of the Civil Contractors Federation NSW. It is CCF NSW which has supported the building of the ICI on industry’s behalf.


Please, let us know what you think of Get on Course…we will take it where you want it!

Enjoy your reading. 


CCF NSW CEO - David Castledine 



  • ICI - Our journey so far
  • Management training areas
  • ICI for Individuals
  • ICI for Employers
  • CPD - A global concept
  • Rainy day? Get on course.
  • Meet an ICI Course Presenter
  • What's coming up?
  • Start a relationship with ICI
  • 10 tips to becoming a better leader



There' s more to ICI than meets the eye! Keep reading to find out what's in store for the civil industry's newest continual learning institute in 2019. 

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The launch of ICI in November 2018 is a welcome outcome for the entire civil industry. Created from the hard work and support of many industry people who saw a gap in the training process, ICI was designed specifically for supervisors and managers in civil construction to continually learn and pursue their personal interests. 

ICI is built by the industry, for the industry. A conglomerate of industry leaders and government bodies including the Civil Contractors Federation NSW, Roads and Maritime Services, Infrastructure NSW, the Department of Industry and TAFE NSW, just to name a few, were instrumental in building and launching ICI. 


Our Mission says it all: 


We will provide industry standards and recognition, continual professional learning, and networks that support the futures of civil infrastructure supervisors and managers. Read more about our Vision, Mission and Values.


Training commenced on 1 February 2019 and more than 70 courses are now on offer for any manager or supervisor in the civil industry - from leading hands, site supervisors, project managers, contractors, engineers and chief executives. 


For a complete list of courses visit our website.

Some civil stats...

  • Employment grew from about 50,000 jobs to 200,000 over the past five years
  • 10-year forecast projects another 25% increase in the volume of civil work
  • Nearly one in five civil industry workers in the industry in 2013 will have reached retirement age this year. 



ICI provides civil-specific, flexible short-course and event-based learning for the new  or experienced manager. The ICI Learning Program is a continuing professional development (CPD) program that supports the career progression of Civil Infrastructure Managers (CIM). 


Learning courses are typically two to four hours in duration delivered in a small, classroom-style gathering, but can also be attended remotely via the internet. 


Learning events include conferences, seminars and topical speakers which provide excellent networking opportunities for ICI Members. 


Read more about ICI's Learning Program.


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Health Safety & Environmental Coordinator Darren Hunt embarked on his civil career 30 years ago, took a 20-year sabbatical to go and work as a quarry manager and rejoined the industry six years ago. Staying on top of his game is important to him, which is why he booked into ICI. 


"My ICI experience was really informative and provided me with an abundance of information, including all the applicable updated legislation we need to comply with and helpful advice to make my job and work place run smoother with a better understanding," Darren said. 


"Understanding Fitness for Work at the Employment Selection Stage was very relevant to my needs at work and I also like the length of the courses and the amount of content.


"The whole process was easy, simple and any extra questions I had were answered promptly.

I have the second course booked and looking to do a third!"


Check out the next course Darren is attending...


While the responsibility for engaging in continual professional development is ultimately up to the individual, more and more employers are highlighting the importance of CPD and encouraging their staff to get involved in industry-associated training. 

With the availability of flexible learning programs like ICI, there is no reason for employers not to be proactive in supporting their staff to upskill and value add to their business. 

Managing Director of AWJ Civil Martin O'Connell said ICI's learning courses are highly relevant. 


"Something that has been an issue, I think,  in the industry that ICI addresses is the leadership capacity of individuals as opposed to the technical capacity," Mr O'Connell said. 


"And to me it looks like ICI is going to deal with that in a very positive way."


What other great things do civil construction employers have to say about ICI?


Why is the existence of CPD important? 


In many industries, continuing professional development is tantamount to a company's achievements and its importance cannot be overstated. 


Industries are forever evolving and it's important to keep up in an increasingly globalised and competitive society, which is where CPD helps us to step up to the plate. 


More and more opportunities are becoming available within the civil industry, but the challenge is maintaining momentum and taking action to reduce the knowledge gap. The importance of CPD is certainly growing, not just within industry associations but in general enterpise as well. 


For ICI Members, each ICI Learning Course  and ICI Learning Event has CPD points attached to it, which are automatically counted for you over a three-year cycle. 


The overarching goal? 


To provide top-quality professional services and to build and strengthen a sustainable civil and infrastructure talent pool, while helping you make sure your skills and knowledge are up to date so you can attain the cutting edge in your profession. 


Read more about CPD on our ICI blog post 


Read more about how ICI's CPD works on our website 

"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." - Albert Einstein.



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We're pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Fox as ICI's Civil Training Consultant.

Nick is has an extensive background in employer organisations and is able to provide advice to civil contractors on developing learning plans which complement a strategic approach to skills development and also to provide guidance for individuals regarding their continual professional development supporting their career progression in civil.


Nick said on joining ICI – “The civil industry is a great place to be with a strong infrastructure program for the future and the challenge really is to ensure that people in civil are able to develop themselves to their full potential and capitalise on the career opportunities available. ICI has evolved to meet this need and provide a learning and development pathway for civil people now and into the future”.


Email Nick



Courses for a rainy day 


We've had a few lately, but instead of completely writing the day off, why not book yourself and your co-workers  into an ICI course and get engaged in some professional development. It's a win win! 


While the ICI team aren't professional meteorologists, they do monitor BOM quite regularly and will endeavour to send out a bad-weather course alert to let you know which course have available spot for booking. 


It only take five minutes. Keep your eye on the ICI calendar and if there's space, you'll be able to book. 


Can't get to the ICI Training Centre in time? No worries. Our courses can be done in class or joined live-online via Zoom link. All you need is a good internet connection. You'll receive all of these details in your booking confirmation. 


Check out what's coming up on the ICI calendar



Financial management principles for the new manager (B0406)





8.30am - 12.30pm




This four- hour course will cover profit and loss statements, the difference between profit and cash, effective budgeting, asset utilisation and labor costs. You'll walk away with a better understanding of how to differentiate between accounting profit and cash as well as basic budgeting, the knowledge to enhance project tenders and unlocking the key to a successful civil contracting operation.


This course suits people who have been working in the industry for several years and are involved in projects.


Member Price Price $374.00 Inc GST
Affiliate Price Price $414.00 Inc GST
Non-Member Price Price $469.00  Inc GST
Registration Closes: 02 May 2019


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Michael is also presenting: 


Understanding Balance Sheets (B0410) – 11 April


Understanding Cash Flow in a Civil Business – 11 April


With more than 30 years behind him working with the public and private sectors, audit, forensic and training, Michael Shulman has plenty of experience to share.


With several ICI Learning Courses on his agenda for 2019 (see below) Michael’s focus will be on business financial management for supervisors and managers with varying levels of experience.


Also a director/advisor to a number of registered training organisations in Australia, Michael is excited about what ICI means for the civil industry, especially the opportunity to upskill managers on financial management.


But he said the civil construction industry has unique challenges and tailoring learning to those characteristics is critical.


“A characteristic of the civil contracting industry is that you can be talking long contract periods and you need to keep the cash flowing,” Michael said.


“The challenge is to keep a business afloat. You could be talking three or six month contracts without dollars coming in. This is where you need the financial training to read the warning signals."


Among his interests is the Port Melbourne Football Club where he is on the board as president.


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Conference 1: Creating a Civil, Safe & Healthy Workplace 

Our industry is booming. We need more people and our current workforce is ageing. Yet, in what is a virtual perfect storm, workforce demographics are altering and significant shifts in societal behaviours are occurring. The risks to keeping workers safe and healthy, in an already inherently high-risk industry, are growing fast. The conference will be followed by a Learning and Networking Event for Civil Infrastructure Managers (CIM). See below for details...


Who should attend the Future Series conferences? 

Those involved in WHS, workers compensation, recruitment, HR, senior management, business ownership. 


ICI Members who attend will receive 10 CPD points. 


Topics covered

  • State of the industry and where we're heading
  • Managing millennials to success
  • How will we safely manage drug use? 
  • Supervising safely in the future - the legal issues
  • Mental health - a workplace and productivity issue
  • The changing nature of works compensation in civil 


Event details 

Date: Monday 27 May, 2019

Time: 8am-4pm

Location: Doltone House, Hyde Park 

Registration: ICI Members $310 (inc. GST) Non-members $410 (inc. GST)

Learning and Networking Event for ICI Civil Infrastructure Managers (CIM)

A ticket for this separate event is included when you purchase a conference registration. 


ICI Members who attend will receive 3 CPD points.


Guest speaker topic 

  • The Culture of Safety 


Event details 

Date: Monday 27 May, 2019

Time: 4pm-6pm

Location: Doltone House, Hyde Park 

Registration:  ICI Members - Free.  Non-members - $100. 




How do we stop trying to be perfect (because it ain’t going to happen!) and just focus on becoming incrementally better. If we tried, each day, to just be a little better than we were the day before, and we did it for long enough, our leadership effectiveness would skyrocket, our people would be more engaged and our businesses would be more effective.
Willing to give it a go? Here’s ten simple, practical things that can help you become a better leader.

  1. Tell others you are trying to be better Don’t pretend you are perfect, that you know it all and you always get it right. They haven’t swallowed that crap before and they are not going to now. Show some vulnerability, admit you need to do better and commit to trying
  2. Try to be better Legitimately try to be better. Do a SWOT Analysis of your leadership (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) and if you are fair dinkum, ask others to participate. Work out what your priorities for improvement are and work on them first.
  3. Show your people you care Your people are everything. Treat them fairly and with respect. They’ll respond positively. If you don’t believe me, do the opposite and see what happens.
  4. Make your expectations clear Be clear, really clear about what you expect from each of your people. Sit with them. Discuss what you want and expect. Seek input. Write it down. Rinse and repeat.
  5. Give honest feedback Now they know what you expect and they have agreed to deliver, monitor their progress and give honest, prompt feedback both good and bad. Consistency is the key.
  6. Be honest People have good BS detectors. Lie and your integrity flies out the window and it’s not coming back. Honesty really is the best policy. There’s no right way to do the wrong thing.
  7. Do what you say you’re going to do Don’t make promises you can’t keep or have no intention of keeping. Reliability builds trust and trust builds relationships. Make every interaction a deposit in the trust bank.
  8. Get in control of your time It’s simply not possible to do everything we think we have to or should. The only way is to determine what things are essential, prioritise tasks and take action.
  9. Say no more often We say ‘yes’ for a variety of reasons. We feel we have to. We aren’t clear about our purpose. We want to please others. We aren’t realistic about what we can achieve. Saying ‘yes’ to everything is setting yourself up for failure.
  10. Get help The best athletes in the world have coaches and support teams. You can’t do it on your own. Seek advice or support from a trusted professional or reach out to someone that can mentor and guide you.

Remember, better doesn’t mean perfect, just better.


What can you do today that will mean you are a better leader than you were yesterday?


To see more of this author visit  www.gregmowbray.com




Understanding the Obligations of a People Manager in a Diverse Workplace 

Course No: P0203
Core: People Stage 1
Date: 09 April 2019
Time: 8:30 PM - 12:30 PM
Webinar & ICI Classroom
Jurisdiction: All


A Manager's Guide to Workplace  Bullying and Harassment

Course No: P0215
Core: People Stage 3
Date: 09 April 2019
Time: 2:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Webinar & ICI Classroom
Jurisdiction: All


A Manager's Guide to Bulk Earth Works - Works Regarding Contaminated Land and Waste

Course No: T0013
Core: No
Date: 29 April 2019
Time: 9.00 AM - 11:00 AM
Webinar & Classroom
Jurisdiction: All


Understanding a Construction Environment Management Plan

Course No: T0011
Core: Technical Stage 1
Date: 29 April 2019
Time: 12.30 PM - 4.30 PM
Webinar & Classroom
Jurisdiction: All


The Basics of an Employment Relationship - What Every Manager Should Know  

Course No: P0217
Core: People Stage 1
Date: 30 April 2019
Time: 8:30 PM - 12.30PM
Webinar & ICI Classroom
Jurisdiction: All


Underground Services; Understanding Plans from a Manager's Perspective 

Course No: T0002
Core: People Stage 2
Date: 16 April 2019
Time: 8.30 AM - 11.30 AM
Webinar & ICI Classroom
Jurisdiction: NSW


Working with the EPA to Deliver Specific Site-based Project Solutions 

Course No: T0014
Core: No
Date: 08 April 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Webinar & Classroom
Jurisdiction: All


A Detailed Guide to Waste Management and Risk to the Project 

Course No: T0016
Core: Technical Stage 3
Date: 08 April 2019
Time: 12:30 PM - 4.30 PM
Webinar & Classroom
Jurisdiction: All



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Understanding a construction environment management plan for the new manager (T0011)

29 April, 12.30pm-4.30pm

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Managing diversity in the workplace - Managing a diverse team (P0206)

18 April, 8.00am-12.00pm

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Right of entry - Your role as a site-based supervisor (P0213)

15 April, 9.00am-11.00am

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Understanding cash flow in a civil business (B0411)

11 April, 2.00pm-5.00pm


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Can credentials give you civil industry credibility? 

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Six reasons why networking is important




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