AIB Applauds Figures for NT, but Warns Quality Must Not Suffer

The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) today warmly welcomed the figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday which showed that building work in the Territory grew by 15% in the December quarter of 2011, but cautioned that this rapid growth in construction work must not come at the expense of quality construction standards.

These figures are a wonderful result for the Northern Territory. Its a win for the NT economy, a win a NT building professionals and a win for the NT public. said Mr Robert Hunt, AIB Chief Executive Officer.

However, there is the danger that this increased activity could threaten quality because it puts pressure on the construction workforce, and may lead to sub-standard builders being employed.

Mr Hunt added, We urge the NT Government to ensure that the highest and most rigorous standards are maintained for building professionals and technicians, to ensure that these new construction projects are of the highest quality. This is essential to ensure the safety, integrity and longevity of these new structures.

In future years, standards for national building licensing will be harmonised across Australia, and the Northern Territory must be in a position to easily integrate into these national standards.

The AIB national office and AIB members in the Northern Territory will readily assist and advise the NT Government on these matters, should that be required, said Mr Hunt.