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Message from the CEO | UDIA NSW Operations | COVID-19

In light of recent developments around the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, UDIA NSW has decided to put in place appropriate health and safety measures for our members and staff. Effective immediately, we are suspending all our events and training services, normally attended in person. This is a challenging time for everyone in the industry and we are always working in the best interests of our members.

We are currently investigating how best to deliver our critical industry content through new online channels, such as webinars and webcasting.

We will continue to monitor the rapidly changing landscape, however, we are taking the following steps in line with government recommendations:

UDIA NSW Events Program

We will be suspending our upcoming events program from now until 30 May 2020. Our leadership team will be closely monitoring all advice to ensure the health and safety of our members. If you have purchased a ticket for an event, your refunds will be completed within the next week. All sponsors will be contacted individually.

Professional Development and Training

All face-to-face professional development and training sessions will be postponed up until 30 May 2020 or moved to a virtual classroom platform. If you have purchased tickets to one of our training sessions, our team will be in touch with you directly ahead of your booked training session.

UDIA NSW Committee meetings

Your contributions to our Committees remain invaluable. Going forward, Committee meetings will be held via teleconference only. Members will be provided teleconference details within calendar invitations by a UDIA NSW staff member for all scheduled and future meetings. These arrangements will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

Policy and Advocacy

Our operations will continue to focus on our key policy areas of:

1. Planning Reform 2020
2. Infrastructure Contributions Reform
3. Building Regulations
4. Western Sydney and Regional Cities
5. Diversity and Inclusion

We are continuing to work closely with government decision-makers and influencers to advocate for liveable, affordable and connected cities of the future.

We will amplify our online communications and content delivery so our members can continue to contribute to our policy and regulatory advocacy and stay informed about the policy agenda.

These are difficult times for our industry — who are our family and friends, not just our colleagues and peers. It is at times like this we must show leadership and resilience.

We have already set up a survey, to hear directly from you about the impacts of coronavirus. If you haven’t already, we ask you to complete this 5 min survey to support our advocacy efforts. We want to hear from you and support you through these challenges.