Since our last newsletter update in March, AESG has been keeping
ourselves very busy.
With continuing COVID-19 lockdowns across multiple states, AESG has
been assisting our clients in adapting to their challenges and those of
their own clients. This has resulted in an another increase in online
meetings - our virtual meeting etiquette truly well established. We
have also been continuing with stricter COVIDSafe measures,
particularly for our clients in the Aged Care and Strata Management
sectors, as some site visits have had to be rescheduled. We have held
meetings with local government councils in NSW to gain AFSS submission
extensions for clients and we are assisting Strata Management clients
with the development of their Victorian Government mandated COVIDSafe
Plans for sites with shared indoor spaces. We are now offering the
development of COVIDSafe Plans as an ongoing service to Victorian
clients alongside our regular services.
In this newsletter, you will be able to read more about how AESG has
developed our first 'Reflect' Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). We also
highlight our COVIDSafe Plan and Cladding Investigation services and
provide an update on our recent activities supporting our staff and
community with events supporting the Cancer Council and Men's Health
Read more below about all the big news from the past few months! To
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Open Letter To All Employees & Contractors Of
Reconciliation Action Plan
Cladding Investigation Services
Cancer Council Morning Tea
Men's Health Week
COVIDSafe plans are mandatory in Victoria
Do your clients have a COVIDSafe Plan in
The Victorian government has mandated that every
Victorian owner's corporations must have a COVIDSafe Plan. To
ensure compliance, random spot checks are occurring throughout
Victoria, with heavy financial penalties for failure to act.
AESG can provide an audit of your facility
and develop and install your COVIDSafe Plan
The COVIDSafe Plan requirements apply to common areas including
access points, lifts, foyers and hallways, as well as shared
facilities such as gyms, pools, dining and entertainment areas.
The owners corporation is responsible for ensuring the actions
documented in the COVIDSafe Plan are implemented and communicated
with occupants and all workers at a site. The owners corporation is
also responsible for answering any queries occupants and workers may
have about COVIDSafe practices.
Our COVIDSafe Plans ensure that you will
comply with all Victorian State Government requirements
The COVIDSafe Plans that AESG will develop for your clients will
your actions to help prevent the introduction of COVID-19 to your
the type of face mask or personal protective equipment (PPE)
required on site at each location.
how you will prepare for, and respond to, a suspected or confirmed
case of COVID-19 in your workplace
how you will meet all the requirements set out by the Victorian
AESG will be able to assist with modified COVIDSafe Plans in the
event that the Victorian government modifies their requirements.
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Open Letter To All Employees & Contractors Of AESG
AESG prides itself on being a socially ethical company. As actions
speak louder than words, AESG has achieved carbon neutral status
(Carbon Active Certified); is in the process of becoming White
Ribbon accredited and has gender balance programs in place.
Reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and
communities is another critically important step in our ethical
journey. I believe that reconciliation, a treaty and fair
opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a
must for Australia.
To date, Australia has an appalling record in caring for Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples. If we are to be considered a
civilised country, we all need to be committed to recognising
and righting the wrongs of the past.
By engaging in this program, AESG is making a commitment to join in
and be a small part of moving forward and assisting in
I strongly encourage all staff to engage, participate and learn
throughout our reconciliation journey. It is incumbent upon us
as individuals and as a company to educate ourselves
and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and
Reconciliation Action Plan
It is our ambition to lead positive change within our
industry and within our community across a number of environmental,
social and community initiatives.
As part of our approach, we have identified a gap in
our organisational knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander communities and cultures. We see this as a
journey that our organisation can take our employees, partners and
clients to educate, learn and implement new relationships with
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
As an organisation we value actions highly, and
firmly believe that in undertaking a RAP it is critical that we
educate ourselves and follow through and complete each item and
action identified - our actions speak louder than words.
As part of our RAP, we will encourage and offer for
individual staff members to volunteer to participate as well as
identify key staff members to fulfil key roles. We will establish an
action team that will be responsible for meeting deadlines, reporting
progress and provide regular updates to our senior management
Our future aspirations as part of RAP journey
Improving employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Increasing our procurement practices from Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander companies
Improving our knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander cultures and celebrating the cultures with our
employees. It is our ambition (where culturally appropriate) to
participate in local cultural events, host information and
awareness sessions for our staff and invite local Aboriginal and/or
Torres Strait Islander people to share their stories and
Establishing and strengthening ties with local Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander communities. It is our goal to meet with and
establish relationships with local communities through
Reconciliation Australia, Local Government and local industry
Types of Cladding Reports
External Wall Identification Report
This is the preliminary stage of our investigation. Our inspector
attends the site and conducts an external wall material
identification based on visual findings. The report identifies the
percentage coverage of wall materials of the building, including both
suspected combustible cladding and materials outside the scope of
combustible cladding, e.g. brick or cement sheeting. This information
can be used for building insurance purposes, or for our inspector to
determine the presence of combustible cladding on site. A detailed
description, including photos, is included in the report.
This report does not include any material testing. If materials
cannot be clearly identified, AESG recommends an invasive
investigation where samples are taken from the wall and tested for
combustibility. This then proceeds into our Stage 1 Report.
Stage 1 Report - Identification
Our Stage 1 Report is used to identify the combustibility and fixing
method of the materials on site that are deemed within the scope of
the combustible cladding investigation. In this stage, our inspector
will perform an invasive investigation where a sample is taken from
the material that is suspected to be combustible. This sample is then
sent to a lab where an independent test is conducted to determine the
combustibility and material of the sample. Samples are generally
taken from an inconspicuous area, and are as big as a 20 cent coin in
AESG also completes a borescope analysis of the materials behind the
sampled panel, and a review of any architectural documentation
The report outlines a summary of the findings, test results from the
laboratory and the borescope results. AESG then provides
recommendations for how to proceed. This information can be used both
for a Fire Engineers report or for our Stage 2 Investigation.
Stage 2 Report - Review & Recommendations
Our Stage 2 Report details the process to remove all combustible
material on site, including drawings of the proposed works and an
estimate of costs.
This report will outline recommendations of what immediate measures
can be taken to 'de-risk' the building for both the short and long
term, and where applicable, quotes will be provided.
Contact our office today if you have any queries or need a quote for
a cladding investigation.
Phone: 1300 336 339
Cancer Council Morning Tea
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is a community event that raises
vital funds to make a big difference for those impacted by
AESG hosted our Cancer Council Morning Tea on May 24th in order to
fundraise. We enjoyed lots of yummy treats for our morning tea.
We hosted a Bake Off where we voted for the best treat. Amy won the
most delicious with her amazing Sausage Rolls and Eleanor won the
most creative with her macarons!
Thanks to everyone who donated, supported and attended our event.
Every dollar counts!
Men's Health Week
On Friday 18th June, in celebration of Men's Health Week, AESG
organised a Men's Health Day. Our staff started the day with a
breakfast along with a presentation by Richard Paterson from
Basix4Blokes who encouraged being proactive about physical and mental
After this, they ventured onto the golf course to enjoy the fresh air
and each other's company! A great day that allowed our male staff
members to connect!