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Concrete In Australia : March 2013
18 Concrete in Australia Vol 39 No 1 PORTFOLIO Activities regarding Membership e next in our continuing series of National Council portfolio updates covers the Membership portfolio, which is currently in the care of the Institute s immediate past president Fred Andrews- Phaedonos. e Membership Portfolio is, as the name suggests, responsible for the design of the Institute s varying membership packages, including membership bene ts, rights and subscription rates. is is a more complex task than it might appear at rst glance, as the Institute currently has 18 di erent membership categories: Company (Principal* & Representative) • Platinum • Gold • Silver • Bronze plus • Bronze • Academic Individual • Individual* • Individual Young* • Student • Retired* • Life* • Honorary* Responsibility for actual delivery of the range of individual features and bene ts that make up the Institute s Membership packages generally lies with other National Council portfolios. However, the Membership portfolio is charged with ensuring that Members can exercise two major rights accruing to Membership -- the right to be heard and the right to vote in National Council and State Branch Committee elections. e right to be heard is delivered via the Institute s biennial Membership survey, which gives members the opportunity to express their views on all aspects of the Institute s program, and how well their particular Membership package is being delivered. e 2013 survey is currently under development and will be launched in the weeks ahead. Members are urged to take this opportunity to provide feedback on their Membership experience and suggestions on how that experience could be improved. Elections are the other major activity on the agenda for the Membership portfolio in each conference year and these will be advertised and conducted in advance of Concrete 2013. Nomination forms for Candidates will be made available and advertised in accordance with the Institute s Constitution. Whilst the Membership Survey and Elections are the formal mechanisms provided for Members to provide feedback, the National O ce and State Branch Committees can be contacted at any time via the "Contact Us" area of the Institute s web site. e Membership Committee of National Council shapes your Membership package based on Members feedback. Drop them a line. *Voting Members A NEW INDUSTRY INITIATIVE FOR FASTENING AND ANCHORING IN CONSTRUCTION The Australian Engineered Fasteners and Anchors Council (AEFAC) is a new consortium founded in 2012 to enhance the quality and safety standards in structural fastening and anchoring in Australia. Specifically, AEFAC aims to: • Develop standards for the selection, specification and application of anchors and fasteners in the construction industry. • Provide appropriate training and education for design engineers and specifiers. • Improve installation practices via training and accreditation. • Safeguard the quality of anchors and fasteners through standardisation of specification and certification of products. • Conduct research and development to advance the fastening industry in construction. AEFAC s founding members are Ancon Building Products, Hobson Engineering Co, Hilti (Aust), ITW Construction Systems, Powers Fasteners Australasia, Swinburne University of Technology and Würth Australia. AEFAC is based at Swinburne University of Technology and is charged with benefiting the whole construction industry. For further information, please visit www.aefac.org.au.