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AUS-8 Poor quality of structural design on high-rise buildings

The correspondent has been very concerned about the quality of structural engineering on some projects in recent years, particularly for certain high-rise buildings.

AUS-3 Safety concern about the design of thin concrete walls

The reporter raises their concern about the design of thin concrete load-bearing walls, sometimes supporting 10 or more stories.

Current matters
under consideration

  • Quality of documentation
  • Competency
  • Communication and change management
  • Design of RC walls
  • Temporary works
  • Deep excavations
  • Light gauge steel trusses

Reports on these subjects are sought, as well as on any other safety issues.


Recent Publications

September 2019     CROSS-AUS First Anniversary

July 2019                CROSS-AUS Newsletter 2

May 2019                CROSS-AUS Update

December 2018      CROSS-AUS Newsletter 1

CROSS-AUS Newsletter 2 has been published and we encourage you to read it and provide us with your comments and feedback on any of the content. Or better still, submit your own report on any safety issues or matters of concern that you may have.

Please pass this Newsletter on to any of your colleagues who may not be aware of CROSS-AUS.

Note: if you think you have signed up via our website to get email updates and you did not receive this first Newsletter, it may be that your email system blocked the confirmation email that you should have received. In that case send us an email to administrator@cross-aus.org.au and we will try to help you resolve the matter.


CROSS-AUS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety - Australasia)

CROSS-AUS is a confidential reporting scheme established to capture and share lessons learned from structural safety issues which might not otherwise get public recognition. Our Panel provide expert commentary to help engineers learn from the experiences of others. CROSS-AUS will help the profession improve public safety.

CROSS-AUS builds on the success of CROSS, the UK based schemes that has been operating since 2005 with demonstrable public safety outcomes. It depends on individuals and firms participating by sending reports of their experiences and concerns on structural safety in confidence.

Reports submitted to CROSS-AUS are completely confidential and neither personal details nor information that could be used to identify a project or product are seen by anyone other than the Designated Persons as detailed on our People page.


Welcome to CROSS-AUS.

As President of The Institution of Structural Engineers, I was privileged to launch CROSS-Australasia during the ASEC 2018 conference in Adelaide in September 2018.

As professional engineers we have a profound duty to ensure the safety of all those who use the structures we design and build. Sharing feedback on near misses or concerns is not always easy and CROSS is a successful community platform to allow professionals to do this simply, without attributing blame. 

Learning across national boundaries is vital as frequently the experiences in one country are directly relevant to another. The CROSS model has operated successfully in the UK for many years, and we are working to expand it as an international safety reporting scheme wherever we can.

I would like to thank all my fellow IStructE members who rose to the challenge of formally establishing CROSS-AUS. By doing so you have made an invaluable contribution to safety in the built environment.

With my best wishes

Faith Wainwright, President of the Institution of Structural Engineers 2018


Visit our Confidential Reporting page to find out more about our scheme or if you have an experience that could be useful to others, please contribute by submitting a report.


Recent Publications from CROSS International Partners

Recent publications from CROSS International partners include:

July 2019               CROSS-UK Newsletter 55

June 2019              New safety reporting proposals - have your say

May 2019               Structural-Safety UK Group Review 2017-18

May 2019               SCOSS-UK Alert: Failure of RAAC Planks





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