Team Leader: Warren Fenwick MAIB
Company: Hindmarsh Construction Australia
Project: Building 145
Category: Commercial Constructions $25 million to $50 million

The judges stated that this project manager demonstrated tremendous leadership and professionalism in delivering a high quality project to his client. Warren has continued to build on his considerable experience by planning, managing and executing a complex project in the center of a busy University campus. Whether it was budget pressures, existing services infrastructure, site access, hazardous materials remediation, subcontractor management, façade installation or the preservation of a 50-year-old sculpture, Warren was able to lead the project to a successful outcome. His capacity to manage a range of stakeholder interests while proactively resolving several design, cost and construct ability issues is a benchmark for aspiring building professionals.


Team Leader: Warren Fenwick
Company: Hindmarsh Construction Australia
Project: Building 145
Category: Commercial Constructions $25 million to $50 million


Team Leader: Peter Henden FAIB
Company: Cercol Construction Services Pty Ltd
Project: Towns Crescent Rectification Works
Category: Other


Team Leader: Andrew Curran AMAIB
Company: Shaw Building Group Pty Ltd
Project: Refurbishment/Extension of Fred Ward Gardens Aged Care Facility, Curtin
Category: Interior Construction


Team Leader: Jack Turnbull AMAIB
Company: Capcorp Constructions
Project: John McGrath Maserati
Category: Commercial Constructions $1 million to $25 million


Team Leader: Ron Jedrzejek
Company: Shaw Building Group Pty Ltd
Project: The Canberra Hospital Hydraulic Infrastructure Renewal
Category: Infrastructure


The latest industry forecasts indicate that building and construction work activity in 2018-19 will fall by 5% to $239 billion. The outlook for building and construction activity will be finely balanced, with the current uptick in Non-Residential Building activity combined with surging Engineering Construction activity expected to largely offset the downturn in Residential Building activity.

“The recent upturn in Non-Residential Building has offset falls in Residential Building activity. While this has been quite important in sustaining workflow, it must be recognised that Non-Residential Building activity will not be enough by itself to offset the declines in Residential Building activity.” said Bob Richardson, Chair of ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council, which oversees the production of the ACIF Forecasts.

Residential Building Activity

Residential Building activity is already in decline with a contraction of 1.5% is expected this year (2018-19), bringing the value of work done to $103 billion. Recent falls in house prices and deteriorating market conditions are expected to drive steeper falls in Residential Building activity with the value of building work projected to fall to $91 billion by 2020-21.

Building and Construction Work Done ($ billion)

Non-Residential Building Activity

In contrast to the Residential Building market, Non-Residential Building is midway through a growth phase, with the value of work rising by 11% last year (2017-18) to reach $42 billion. Expanded investment in accommodation, offices, and other commercial buildings has buoyed Non- Residential Building activity. Government and public sector investment are also supporting growth especially in education, defence and community facility projects.

Engineering Construction Activity

Work done in Engineering Construction grew by 21% last year to reach $67 billion. Continued strong growth is forecast, raising work done to $76 billion in 2020-21. Significant and sustained increases in construction of transport infrastructure and in utilities projects is underway and gathering momentum. Heavy industry including mining is expected to see a reduction of $11 billion in the value of work done this year but is forecast to recover and grow at 6-8% per annum over the next two years.

Building and Construction Employment

Employment in building and construction activities is expected to lose 29,000 jobs this year, falling to 1.1 million jobs. This accounts for 9.2% of expected employment across the Australian economy in 2018-19. Construction employment is projected to hover around 1.15 million jobs over the next three-to-four year period, reflecting expectations that workers displaced from the cyclical downturn in Residential Building activity will be largely soaked up through burgeoning Engineering Construction activity and continuation of the upturn in Non- Residential Building activity.

Industry Outlook

Although the downturn in the residential market may spill over into the rest of the economy reducing consumer confidence, eroding already fragile investment intentions, and dragging down growth – the level of total building and construction work is projected to stabilise and hover around $240 billion a year over the next two-to-three years.

About Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF)

Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is the trusted voice of the Australian construction industry. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies. ACIF’s focus is on innovation, collaboration, equity and sustainability for the industry.

ACIF Members are among the most significant associations in the industry, spanning the entire asset creation process from feasibility through design, cost planning, construction, building and management. ACIF harnesses the resources of its Members to research and develop initiatives that benefit businesses of all sizes, from the largest of construction companies to small consultancies. More information on ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au.

About ACIF Forecasts

ACIF Forecasts are rolling ten-year forecasts of demand across residential, non-residential and engineering construction in Australia. The Forecasts are prepared by respected economic modellers, using high quality data sources, and are overseen by ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council, an industry panel of expert analysts and researchers.

ACIF Forecasts are used by thousands of professionals each year, from across the full range of stakeholders, from major organisations to small consultancies. ACIF Forecasts are available as the Australian Construction Market Report and detailed numbers are available by subscribing to the Customised Forecasts Dashboard. More information about ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au.

The ACIF Forecasts are available from Australian Construction Industry Forum from today. Available in two formats: Australian Construction Market Report, a 100-page expert analysis on the economy and industry sectors ($300), plus the Customised Forecasts Dashboard ($250), an online portal where users can query the full ACIF Forecasts database on 20 work types, over a twenty year period. As an industry not-for-profit, ACIF produces this information to assist businesses and governments at all three levels navigate the rapidly changing marketplace and help them plan for the future. Find out more at www.acif.com.au/forecasts.


14 May 2019

This has been a busy time for institute activities, our Chapters are well advanced on preparations for the various Professional Excellence Awards presentation events. In the last few weeks our AIB representation and promotion opportunities have seen a bit of travel for both the CEO and myself.

We have also looked at the opportunities to advance the work of the NBPR with building regulators; in raising the profile of the register we show and how this may assist each jurisdiction to better utilise an external reference point for licencing and renewal checks. We firmly believe the holders of any form of building licence should also belong to a professional body like the AIB and be committed to annual CPD as part of the licence renewal / retention requirements.

All jurisdictions however still operate silos of licence holders and the adoption of a National Licencing approach under the work of the Building Ministers Forum would go a significant way towards addressing recommendations 1, 2 and 3 of the Shergold – Weir report which has now been in circulation for 15 months.

Presidential duties in the last period has included:

  • involvement in an NBPR briefing with our National Chair – Tony Avsec FAIB;
  • review of the Constructing our World program and assisting our Conference Chair – Dr. Robyn Hardy FAIB with speaker material and content to finalise the line-up of presenters;
  • a visit to Perth for meetings with the Head of School at Curtin University;
  • meeting with the WA Building Regulators office to discuss Shergold-Weir and general industry issues for the local market;
  • attendance at the WA Chapter annual Industry Leaders Dinner:
  • attendance at the local WA Chapter committee meeting presentation on the WA perspective for AIB activities, and to provide some information and context for the National AIB activities to support the WA Chapter;
  • planning and teleconference meetings for the DesignBUILD conference which commenced today, 14 May – 16 May in Sydney. I am presenting on an industry panel on Wednesday 15th discussing Building Australia Together.

Personally work and home duties also make up a significant part of my time outside of AIB commitments. I happen to be moving house this week to downsize from a large family home. In the required cull of stored material, I came across a presentation I made as a representative of the building industry in 1987 (some 32 years ago) this month.

The event was a week-long Forum at Melbourne University that gathered 100 young leaders from around Australia to discuss the current issues facing Australia and the possibilities of solving them in the future.

The Forum was specifically developed to:

  • promote standards of excellence and achievement in education, training and development of young Australians in their chosen vocation, and to develop a sense of purpose among individuals,
  • involve young people in the life and welfare of the community by assisting them to render service where need, hardship and distress exist, thus increasing their sense of responsibility and their awareness of the interdependence between themselves and the community,
  • assist the funding of projects or activities of organisations which benefit young people, particularly those aimed at developing qualities of self-reliance, initiative and leadership

One of the QE II Trust’s projects is the “Future Perspectives” apolitical Forum for young Australians who are perceived to be the potential leaders of this country.

Objectives of the Forum included:

  • to draw together potential leaders in the 22 – 28 years age group from widely diverse working background;
  • to develop in these young Australians a better understanding of the complex issues facing Australia today and the possibilities of solving them in the future;
  • to encourage them to work for the future of Australia;
  • to develop in these potential leaders a sense of unity and understanding, which can be communicated to others.

My summation for the final session as the leader of Syndicate 2 included some hauntingly familiar observations taken from our group discussions about the times we were observing then in 1987. While time moves on, these are still lessons and comments that could be applied to the Building Industry today.

… The economy. Australia has historically had dependence on primary industry and we are now seeing a trend towards developing our service industries. This feature will become more important as our product Australia develops in the future. Our energy should be focused towards this industry to ensure we are skilled and this places us in an advantageous position in the market place.

… Our economy is on a gradual downward slide and we have experienced it before, and as a country we must tighten our belts, work more intelligently rather than harder and educate people on the workings of the economy, and why we are suffering economically.

… Militant unions should not be capable of holding businesses or the country to ransom, nor should they try to be capable of manipulating foreign policy by selective trade bans.

… In   conclusion, we believe that all major changes which need to be made in Australia are in the area of education and we are not talking about the education system and mechanics as such, but about the ongoing holistic process of community education beginning at birth and involving all aspects of society. We see a need for Australians to be educated to act and to think as a community, not just as individuals. We need to strive for a society made up of caring individuals who are aware of their important individual role as part of the community. We believe Australia should set an example to the rest of the world and we have been reassured this week by many speakers that Australia is one of the better societies of the world.


How do we communicate this message to those outside our professional network that an AIB member is a Chartered Building Professional who understands the need to deliver a consistent professional service to both the building industry and the end consumer. We see opportunities to work with designers, builders and other professions that can improve how they work together on projects that provide a better result for the end user – and are easier to deliver for everyone involved.

We believe all jurisdictions must recognise this significant National Opportunity is currently wasted as it continues to operate in a multiple regulatory framework, which was largely tailored on small scale circumstances historically. We have innovators utilising improved building materials and practices but regulation and historical attitudes are still focused on 1980’s methods of management and delivery; to a 21st century consumer who sees the better alternatives on the world market that he can now access.

Finally, a reminder that our Membership subscriptions are now due and I would encourage members to contact the National Office on 02 6253 1100 if you have not yet seen an email from us with your invoice attached. We have had several reports of payments being returned to members when the banks have not matched our account details to the BPay biller code 716597 as this was an older MYOB gateway provider used in previous years. If you have recently moved address or changed your contact details we would also ask that you update these by logging on using the website to check your current record. You can also pay directly by using the Pay Membership Fee link while you are logged in 

So I look forward to seeing you soon at an AIB event soon as we start our Professional Excellence Awards presentations this month in ACT and SA Chapters.

David Burnell FAIB

National President, Australian Institute of Building





The Queensland Government’s Safer Buildings Combustible Cladding Checklist program has cleared almost 14,000 private buildings, confirming they’re safe and secure for tenants and workers.

The program, established in 2018, was designed to ensure all Queensland buildings meet safety requirements regarding building material use and provide occupants a ‘right to know’ if their home or workplace doesn’t pass the test.

Under the program, conducted in three parts, almost 14,000 private building combustible cladding assessments have already been completed and cleared, with two more years to go until the completion of the entire audit program.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that, to date, under Part 1 of the program, 13,715 registrants out of 20,380 successfully completed the audit at zero cost. The remaining 5026 registrants in the program will take Part 2 to rule out that the building is clad in combustible material.

“It’s been very pleasing to see that 14,000 building owners doing the right thing and clearing their building as safe,” said Mr de Brenni.

“Having almost 14,000 buildings registered means those who live and work there will now have peace of mind.

“This program was designed to crack down on careless use of building materials that put lives at risk, and building occupants have a right to know if their building is at risk.

“After several fires in other states, the Commonwealth commissioned a national review that identified failure to comply with fire engineering guidelines had become a serious issue over many years, confirming that the Queensland process was indeed required.

“The Shergold Weir Review showed that a minority in the building industry had failed to follow the rules and was putting lives at risk.”

Mr de Brenni said the building materials sector had worked hard to ensure that information about the safe use of materials was made available to consumers and builders.

“Building materials, when used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions are safe – that’s why manufacturers publish details of how they should be used. These details must be available and are usually easily identified on the manufacturer’s website.

Mr de Brenni said that Part 2 of the Safer Buildings program will give building owners until 29 May 2019 to seek professional advice to confirm if their building meets the Safer Buildings guidelines.

“We will not risk discovering the next unlawful use of combustible cladding through a loss of Queenslanders lives in a high rise building fire like those overseas.

“Building owners who already know or suspect they have combustible cladding on their building are able to progress directly to Part 3 of the program, saving the cost of engaging a building industry professional.

“So far the Safer Buildings process has done exactly what it needed to do – and thankfully owners are treating this issue seriously. It’s heartening to see that tenants’ safety is being put first, especially by those building owners going ahead to Part 3 of the program.

Building owners required to complete Part 2 of the Safer Buildings combustible cladding checklist before 29 May 2019 can find more information here: www.saferbuildings.qld.gov.au



The Australian Construction Industry Forum calls on Australia’s political parties to consider and adopt ACIF’s policy priorities.


The Australian construction industry employs over 1.2 million Australians, and in 2017-18 had a turnover of $248 billion.

Therefore, the construction industry is one of the main drivers of the Australian economy and its productivity and success is critical to the growth and success of the Australian economy.

Given the importance of construction to the Australian economy and people, ACIF advocates that the Federal Government and all State and Territory Governments have dedicated construction ministers. This would result in better outcomes for the industry, and enhance a critical sector of the Australian economy.

ACIF (of which the AIB is a current member) has the following policy priorities for 2019:

  • Commitment by state and federal governments to implement the recommendations of the Shergold-Weir Report by February 2021.
  • Support for the Building Information Modelling Strategy of Australasian BIM Advisory Board.
  • The Australian Building & Construction Commission to be retained.
  • The implementation of an effective regime to be established to minimise the use of non-conforming building products.


Download ACIF 2019 Policy Priorities

Download Australian Labor Party Official Response


I trust you had a relaxing Easter Break – perhaps a chance to get that last bit of warmth before winter really starts to take a grip.

I have been speaking to a few of the judges of this year’s Professional Excellence Awards around the country who have passed comment about the excellent quality of the submissions this year. This of course does not make their job any easier, however it should make for a series of great Award events as we witness some of the top talent that we have as part of our profession.

Remember, the Awards showcase not what was built, but how it was built, taking into consideration the complexities as well as innovation that surround the construction period and that ultimately end up delivering a truly great project.

Tickets by the way are now on sale for the ACT Awards (23 May) and soon for the SA Awards (31 May) – click the links to secure your seat!

I note that there are still a few that have not picked up on the fact that they haven’t yet renewed their membership with the AIB. As a team here in Canberra and further afield, we work hard to deliver a strong Value Proposition to you through events, activities, CPD etc. Without your support of course, this just wouldn’t be possible. So if you haven’t already, click here to renew!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Greg Hughes


DesignBUILD is Australia’s leading event for Architecture, Building, Construction and Design professionals.

Taking place on 14-16 May at the Sydney International Convention Centre, DesignBUILD brings together over 7,000 professionals in the industry. From architects & designers to building contractors as well as specialists and senior industry decision makers, it is a significant gathering under the one roof with a view for delegates to learn about cutting edge products from across the globe.

DesignBUILD is the cornerstone of the industry. So what’s on in 2019? 

Locate new products: With 14,500m2 of exhibition space, DesignBUILD covers the full product spectrum from concrete and flooring, to paints, tapware, cladding, windows, doors, software, roofing and everything in between; DesignBUILD values quality and craftsmanship across every product sector.

Educate yourself on current trends: DesignBUILD has a curated timetable of seminars and offers a specific theatre dedicated to ‘building and construction’ focusing on everything from big picture issues around the regulatory framework, industry disruptors, procurement, specifying compliant products and security of payments and sustainability. Plus, practical examples in robotics, automation and intelligent infrastructure.

Collaborate with the Industry: With over 7,000 industry professionals and more than 300 leading brands within DesignBUILD 2019, you will have 3 days to engage and negotiate with new and existing suppliers and to network with your peers.

Feel free to contact the DesignBUILD team on 02 9275 9209 for more information.

We are excited to work alongside DesignBUILD and I hope you enjoy the show.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.
Greg Hughes


4 April 2019

This last period has seen our awards submissions close and early bird registrations for Constructing our World in September open. Our full Council face to face meeting in March has now set some programs in place to work on recently approved initiatives.

We have a trial now running with a small cohort of matched students and industry mentors running and this has kicked off with the first implementation meeting. At the conclusion of this trial in July this year we will have some feedback on next steps to move this forward for implementation in more Chapters in the future. The National Council acknowledges the great work of Bob Wildermuth FAIB in Queensland, who completed the substantial amount of framework documentation up to the point of implementation.

Our Chapter judging panels have now commenced the process of reviewing and marking the Professional Excellence Award submissions to get to a list of finalists and winners ahead of the first Chapter Awards night which kicks off in Canberra on 23rd May so members should start booking tickets and tables for the various events running from May until July around the country.

Membership subscriptions have now been out for a couple of weeks and I would encourage members to contact the National Office on 02 6253 1100 next week if you have not yet seen an email from us with your invoice attached. In an effort to responsibly manage the institutes’ resources our first round of invoicing has been intentionally delivered electronically. If you have recently moved address or changed your contact details we would also ask that you update these by logging on using the website to check your current record. You can also pay directly by logging into your Membership and clicking Pay Membership Fee.

Finally this week I was privileged to attend as an observer the Deakin University – School Advisory Board. I was impressed that the school takes very seriously their commitment to monitor and continuously improve the content and delivery for the building degrees on offer at Deakin. The AIB is actively involved in supporting and accrediting some 15 degree courses around the country and we are pleased to see our comments on maintaining industry relevant content.

The balance of the week has included teleconferences and preparations for the various PEA dinner venues, responding to Industry commentators on ‘Shergold-Weir’ report progress across different States, Opal Towers and Cladding Issues to discuss facts and findings to better inform some of the forums about the detail rather than erroneous headlines.

So I look forward to seeing you at an AIB event soon.

David Burnell FAIB
National President, Australian Institute of Building


Ending Negative Gearing on Older Investor Properties

If you’re currently negatively gearing the rules won’t change. If you want to use it on new homes, you still can. But we cannot have property investors playing with loaded dice against our young people, Generation Y and the Millennials. And instead of patronising millions of young Australians with lectures about cutting back on smashed avo. Why don’t we tell them the truth: Getting together a 20 per cent deposit – plus stamp duty – is so much, much harder than it was 20 or 25 years ago.

And it’s even more difficult, when your government uses your taxpayer money to subsidise the property investors bidding against you. The intergenerational bias that the tax system has against young people must be called out. A government has to be brave enough and decent enough to stop the bias against first home buyers and young Australians.

Extra TAFE Spending

And when everyone has an equal chance to fulfil their potential. This is why investing in the future, always begins with education.

This is where the difference between Labor and the Government could not be more stark. Nine out of ten new jobs created in the next four years will require either a university degree or a TAFE qualification. Only a Labor Government will be prepared to properly fund both. We’ll uncap university places, opening the doors of higher education to an additional 200,000 Australians. And when it comes to vocational education, Labor is backing public TAFE all the way. I’ve been fortunate to have visited about 30 TAFEs around Australia since the last election. The teachers and students are inspirational. So tonight I’m pleased to announce that we are going to double the size of our Rebuilding TAFE fund – up to $200 million to renovate campuses in regional and outer-suburban Australia. This will mean:

  • This will mean new facilities for training nurses in Caboolture and Devonport.
  • New workshops in Midland and Bellevue, to make sure the METRONET train carriages work goes to apprentices.
  • A new construction centre for tradies in Chadstone and Frankston.

And so much more. Labor will also pay the upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE places to get more Australians training in high-priority courses.

Building Program

Building an economy that works for everyone means a massive building program, right across our nation. We will reinvigorate jobs in the construction sector:

  • With our Build-to-Rent plan.
  • Targeting Negative Gearing to new housing.
  • Renovating the national energy grid with new pipelines, interconnectors, hydro and storage.
  • Launching the biggest affordable housing program since the Second World War – building a quarter of a million new homes.

And we will invest in safe accommodation for women fleeing violent relationships. Because too often, when the worst happens, people still say: “Why didn’t she leave?” What we should ask is: “Where would she go?” Mr Speaker Labor has transport plans and projects ready to go in every state and territory:

  • Cross River Rail in Brisbane
  • Western Sydney Metro
  • Suburban Rail Loop in Melbourne
  • The Bridgewater Bridge in Tassie
  • South Road in South Australia
  • METRONET in Perth
  • Upgrading the roads around Kakadu
  • And Phase 2 of the ACT light rail.

And – thanks to Albo’s hard work – the work is just beginning. Labor will continue to develop and support the development Northern Australia: including overdue upgrades for the beef roads and the Rocky ring road. And tonight I can announce we will deliver $1.5 billion to upgrade the Gateway Motorway from Bracken Ridge to the Pine River – and the next stage of the Bruce Highway from the Northern Suburbs to Caboolture. There’s another big difference between Liberal and Labor on infrastructure. In their budget you have to vote for the current Prime Minister at this election… … then you have to vote for whoever is their leader at the next election… …and that’s before anyone even digs a hole. Our projects are not on the never-never, they are locked in to our first budget.

Infrastructure Australia to be Non-Partisan

There’s another difference that I offer the Australian people, frustrated by the constant short- termism in the infrastructure debate. If we are elected, I will invite the then-Opposition Leader to be involved in nominating directors to Infrastructure Australia, so we take the politics out and we make generational decisions in infrastructure for once and for all time. And every time we invest Commonwealth dollars in infrastructure projects.


We’ll make the rule that 1 in 10 people employed must be an Australian apprentice. Mr Speaker The bad news is that over the last six years under the Liberals, apprenticeships have fallen by 150,000. The good news is because of our vision:

  • in infrastructure housing construction
  • the NDIS
  • TAFE and training
  • early childhood education
  • energy
  • and the digital economy

…a Labor Government can repair the damage done. Tonight, I say we will help train 150,000 apprentices for the jobs of the future. We will provide additional support for businesses which take them on – both young people and mature age workers looking to re-train and to learn new skills.

And we’ll create an Apprentice Advocate – because the tragic death of an 18 year old apprentice on the Macquarie Park site last week, reminds us that we’ve got to protect our apprentices and they have the same right to come home safe as everybody else.

Wages and Security of Payment

Only Labor has a concrete, practical plan to get wages moving again.

  1.  If we win the election we will legislate to restore the arbitrary cuts to Sunday and public holiday penalty rates in our first 100
  2. We will stop companies using sham contracts and dodgy labour hire arrangements to cut people’s pay
  3. Our Tradie Pay Guarantee means that subbies working on Commonwealth projects get paid on time, every time.


While it may be some time away, I want to remind you that Early Bird Registrations are now open to our international conference in September Constructing Our World This really is shaping up to be a great event with a significant fringe event day on Wednesday 18 September in which you will get exclusive access to behind the scenes at Barangaroo, the Opera House, Frank Gehry’s UTS Building and one of Sydney’s Coal Loader projects.

The conference program is looking strong and don’t forget we have the National Professional Excellence Awards at the end of day 1 on 19 September. All this in a superb location – right near Circular Quay – Four Seasons Hotel. It will get to a point where we need to limit tickets, so I suggest you get in early.

I am happy to be able to let you know that we’ve received a near record number of entries for this year’s Professional Excellence Awards. With entries now closed, the real work begins of judging what no doubt will be an outstanding line up of individuals and their teams who have contributed to some cutting edge construction across Australia and overseas. Detail of Awards functions will be released very soon and when they are, get in early for a guaranteed great night!

Finally this week, great to see so many people re engaging with the Institute again through the renewal of their AIB membership. You know we can’t do it with out you so if you have not, please pay your subscription renewal notice asap. Any issues – as always, contact the Membership team at membership@aib.org.au

Have a good weekend ahead everyone,
Greg Hughes