One of the things that I am most look forward to in this role is working with an energetic and strategic thinking National Board – or as we like to call it, National Council. Every now and again in my E News column, I will introduce you to a Council member so you can get to know a little more of their background and in essence, what they stand for and what they would like to bring to the AIB.

This week, I catch up with Tamica D’Uva from Western Australia.

The AIB is part of the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) – where we are currently developing a suite of policy priorities leading up to the next federal election.

In saying this, we would be keen to hear your views on procurement issues of concern, for example; product conformance and compliance, allocation of risk, adequate documentation, poor payment practices, non – standard contract conditions etc.

Your views will then feed into a specific policy that we can lobby government with. Please send your views and concerns to

And finally, don’t say you weren’t warned –  Entries for the 2019 Professional Excellence Awards close on the 15th of March! (all entries must be completed by this date, not just started). I trust that you will not only enter, but encourage others to do so and be a part of a great program! Start and complete your entry here.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes


One of the first significant meetings of the year was the Building Ministers Forum held in Hobart last week, where state and territory Ministers gathered to talk about a myriad of current issues confronting the profession. National President, David Burnell attended the meeting and I have asked him to give us a brief overview of what transpired at the meeting. The AIB was a participant of the morning session alongside other allied associations:

We were asked to report on … What is industry doing to support cultural change?
While the direct response from AIB touched on the active work we are involved in, our representation for the benefit of the construction industry was around our participation and contribution to the work of both the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and Standards Australia (SA).

We also highlighted the series of information and CPD training events we have hosted that directly supporting the Shergold – Weir report:

  • Bronwyn Weir presenting about her report in detail;
  • A Legal Masterclass presentation;
  • A Flammable Aluminium Composite Cladding information seminar;
  • The Top 10 legal issues for 2018 which focused on cladding and non-compliant building products co-hosted with Minter Ellison;
  • Building Regulatory Reform in Australia presented by Wayne Liddy a senior AIBS practitioner;
  • Cladding presentations and fire safety and engineering discussions around the code and identifying compliant cladding products presented by Jonathan Barnett;
  • We are currently attempting to arrange a series of presentations for each State by the Hon. John Fahey to talk about the ABCB’s response to Shergold – Weir.

The industry presentations from all other groups then consistently echoed the same themes expressed within the AIB closing remarks. Read full report.

And finally this week, there is just one month left to get your entries in for this year’s Professional Excellence Awards. Don’t delay in getting that recognition that you and or your colleagues so richly deserve. Head to our website for all the details on how to enter.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone

Greg Hughes


I am genuinely looking forward to working a full and productive year alongside National President, David Burnell. Of particular note this year will be initiatives such as:

-The trial of a National Mentoring program
-A more streamlined Professional Excellence Awards program
-The establishment of an online forum with the National President
-The staging of Constructing Our World in September
-A ramping up of our Advocacy program with Federal Government – this particularly so as we head toward a federal election

Speaking of advocacy, the next Building Minister’s Forum (BMF) is scheduled to be held in Tasmania on February 8. This is an important meeting where state and territory Building/Planning Ministers discuss issues of commonality etc but importantly, the ongoing work post the release of the Shergold Weir Report.

Also in attendance will be many of the industry heads (including the AIB) flying the flag and ensuring that we have a voice at the table. I’ll be sure to bring you some of the outcomes of this get together.

I can’t finish without mentioning again that you need to get your submission together now for the upcoming Professional Excellence in Building Awards. Head to the PEA page of our website – try out our new entry system (you’ll be pleasantly surprised!) and standby to be recognised in Australia’s premier awards program for the building professional.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes


The Australian Honours system celebrates individuals who rise above the everyday and mark the extraordinary in our society. Awards were announced on Australia Day 2019.

Members of the AIB received the following awards, Congratulations to:

Brian Seidler – AM FAIB 
For significant service to the building and construction industry through professional organisations.
New South Wales

John William Smolders – AM FAIB 
For significant service to the building and construction industry, and to higher education.
New South Wales

John Richard Mason – OAM FAIB
For service to the community.

Richard Alan Smith – OAM FAIB 
For service to the building and construction industry, and to heritage preservation.
South Australia

James Whiting – OAM FAIB
For service to the building and construction industry.
South Australia

View the full Honours list here.


As the industry starts to waken for another year and we get rid of the sand between our toes from the family break, a couple of things to mention first up.

The 2019 Professional Excellence in Building Awards is now in full swing – but get ready, THINGS ARE DIFFERENT!

By this, I mean that we are now digital and this is good news for you. With a far more advanced system (Award Force) that will ultimately save you time and money when preparing your entry, we’re sure that you will want to keep coming back to lodge more entries in Australia’s premier Awards program – specifically designed for the recognition of the Building Professional.

Remember, submissions are now open and must close 15 March 2019. Our first Awards event this year will be in Canberra on 23rd May – details of all events will appear in the not too distant future on our website. I am also happy to let you know that Hong Kong will again be a part of our Awards program. On the strength of last year’s event and feedback, we are planning a bigger and better event come mid-year with our many members in South East Asia.

In other news, the release of two significant publications by the Australasian BIM Advisory Board should play a major part in furthering building information modelling in Australia.

The first of these is the Asset Information Requirements Guide: Information required for the operation and maintenance of an asset. This Guide identifies the asset information components that are expected to be delivered in response to asset information requirements (AIR), namely, models, documents and data. It explains the basic concepts of digital information management (e.g. structured data) for those new to the subject and seeks to dispel common misconceptions about the roles played in AM/FM by tools such as Building Information Modelling (BIM).The vision is to build a BIM process consistency framework, together with the private sector, that sets the national standard. Encouraging BIM process consistency represents the construction sector’s greatest opportunity to realise the benefits of BIM.

The second of these publications is BIM Process Consistency: Towards a Common Framework for Digital Design, Construction and Operation. A Common Framework will help governments and industry adopt, implement and align the use of BIM on public projects. In doing so, government and industry will have greater control over quality and achieving financial and strategic expectations. A Common Framework will drive savings and efficiencies, and support small to medium enterprises (SMEs) transition to the BIM environment – the new way of doing business in the construction industry.

Come mid next month, we will start to send out our membership subscriptions for the 2019/2020 year. So with this in mind, it is important to keep all your contact details up to date. Simply head to our website and log in if you need to update this information, or contact our office (02) 6253 1100 or, you can email

And finally, a warm welcome to DesignBUILD – our newest Corporate Partner to join the AIB. In coming months, there will be a lot of great things to share with you, however none more important than the DesignBUILD expo which is set down for May this year.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes


As I alluded to in my last E News column, I can now confirm that we have invested in a new system that will make it significantly easier and smoother when it comes to submitting an entry for the AIB Professional Excellence Awards.

What this means in real terms is ‘Award Force’ will now:

  • Save time and money on administration for the user
  • Create a great experience for our community of entrants and judges of the Awards program
  • See an increase in participation levels of the Awards program
  • Be a system that delivers under pressure

With all of this in mind, we will soon be opening nominations for next year’s Awards with a deadline for submissions of March 2019.

I am also pleased to share with you our new branding for our National Professional Excellence Awards program. This symbolises the ‘building blocks’ of our organisation as we continue to grow and prosper. All staff and a body of dedicated volunteers continue to work hard in changing the face of the organisation as well as how it is regarded in the general marketplace.

While we certainly have not arrived, the journey is well and truly underway.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes

Optus Stadium Named World’s Best In International Awards

Optus Stadium has won the Project of the Year at the world’s leading stadium industry awards, beating out international competition and securing a remarkable 27th accolade since opening in January.

The award, presented at TheStadiumBusiness Awards in London on Tuesday (November 13), recognised Optus Stadium for excellence in a new stadium build or expansion which has delivered on all its goals and more.

Optus Stadium beat stiff competition from the United States of America and Malaysia in the category, including Kuala Lumpur Sports City; Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee); Little Caesars Arena (Detroit); Louis Armstrong Arena (New York); Audi Field (Washington DC); and SunTrust Park (Atlanta).

The award is Optus Stadium’s 27th for the year having previously won State, national and international awards for tourism, architecture, catering, landscaping, design, building and construction.

Agent General for Western Australia Mike Deeks attended the event and accepted the award on behalf of the State Government.

Launched in 2010, TheStadiumBusiness Awards are the first industry awards nominated by the stadium sector and recognise leadership, innovation and achievement in the design, development and construction of major sports facilities.

For a full list of the awards Optus Stadium has won during its first year, visit

Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:

“The State Government and VenuesLive have overseen an incredibly successful commissioning and first year of operations at Optus Stadium.

“Being awarded the world’s best in these awards reflects the hard work undertaken by everyone involved in Optus Stadium’s first year of operations.

“This award confirms Optus Stadium’s status as a truly world-class venue, and one all Western Australians can be proud of.”

Minister’s office – 6552 6400


On the strength of a recent meeting with the office of the Minister of Industry, Science and Technology recently, we were invited back last week to meet with Ian Adam, adviser to Karen Andrews MP and Rodney Harris, Acting Manager, Building Industry Section in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. We met with National President, David Burnell and ACIF Director, James Cameron.

Some of the points discussed included:
• The Minister has been briefed on the Shergold-Weir Report
• The report is a blueprint for reform which the Government paid for and we were assured would not be shelved. There also seems to be bipartisan support for the Shergold-Weir Report
• As part of implementing the recommendations, the Australian Building Codes Board is currently working on simplifying and digitising the National Construction Code, which should help on construction sites and with training
• The next Building Ministers’ Forum will be in early 2019 and they are again looking at having another BMF-Industry Forum at which the AIB will have a seat
• The National Construction Code 2019 is a priority for the Minister
• The Minister has also been briefed on the John Murray Report on Security of Payment laws. Harmonisation of security of payment laws will take some time, but to have common principles is a good step forward
• The planned release date for the (much-delayed) Senate report on Non-Conforming Building Products is 27 November 2018
• There is a commitment from the BMF to investigate greater national consistency with licensing

Finally this week, a reminder that (can you believe it already!) we will open entries soon for the 2019 Professional Excellence Awards. In the lead up to the Awards, I am happy to share with you that we are working towards simplifying the entry process and making this less onerous and will also launch a ‘brand’ for the Awards for the first time. We are excited how the program continues to evolve and hope that you embrace this in 2019.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone,

Greg Hughes


Last week, myself and National President, David Burnell met with The Hon Karen Andrews’ (Minister for Industry, Science and Technology) adviser at Parliament House to set the scene of the AIB and discuss key issues affecting the industry.

These included:

-Taking action on back of the release of the Shergold Weir Report
-Taking action on the back of the release of the Security of Payments/John Murray report
-The continuation of the Building Minsters Forum.

One of the things that I previously brought up with Craig Laundy before he stepped down in his role and did again last week with the new Minister’s office was the fact that we continue to be stumped as to why the Federal Government has not dedicated a Minister to Building and Construction.

This in the face of an industry that employs approximately 10% of Australia’s workforce and generates approximately 12% of Australia’s GDP. When in New Zealand recently for the NZIOB Awards, I sat next to the NZ Minister for Building and Construction, Jenny Salesa who expressed a level of surprise that we did not have such a position in Canberra.

Surely this must change if we are to move forward. What we need is a Ministerial ‘Champion’ for the profession – a Minister that can drive change through legislation, a Minister that will collaborate, a Minister that will champion the ongoing work of the Building Ministers Forum, a Minister who will consult and as per the Shergold Weir Report, address the roles and responsibilities of Regulators and address continuing professional development (CPD) through things such as the NCC. This if course only being the tip of the iceberg.

As a member of the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), I have brought this up on a number of occasions and will continue to do so through other forums as well and in particular, as we head toward a federal election mid next year (perhaps!)

Have a great weekend ahead everyone,

Greg Hughes


The importance of cash-flow forecasting 

You may have attended a recent seminar where Ian Desbrow Viewpoint’s Managing Director, ANZ uncovered some harsh truths which for too long the construction sector as a whole has ignored. If you were not, in his speech he focused on the fact that far too many businesses involved in construction – be they the asset owner, head or sub-contractors – lack integrated project systems and /or skills which allow them to stay on top of their financial situation.

Through his presentation, Mr Desbrow drew the audience’s attention to several realities plaguing the industry, and which will continue to until there is a change in the way companies run their operations. In particular, he drew attention to:

• The fact that in the last decade the construction industry has accounted for between one-fifth and one-quarter of all insolvencies in Australia, a disproportionately high statistic relative to its share of national output;
• The need to improve education for the next generation entering the construction workforce, highlighting the increased need for greater emphasis on management and financial knowledge;
• Examples where inadequate financial control had led to the insolvency of companies that appeared on the surface to be thriving;
• The need for companies to embrace change, with a focus on improving management systems, streamlining reporting processes and upskilling their workforces.

In his closing remarks, Mr Desbrow emphasised that whilst implementing and then using technology well will be “a strong risk mitigator and aid to project success, we must note it is not a panacea, but rather is a ‘framework’ for a business to learn from so it can grow and improve. Technology is just one part of a puzzle the industry requires education and adoption of stronger fiscal management in all businesses which in turn will go a long way to alleviating a huge strain on the country, the industry and ripple effect to everyday Australians.”

If you would like more information on the role of technology and an overview of why project systems and accounting platforms must be intrinsically linked, you can read the whitepaper.

Our thanks to Viewpoint for this information.

Have a good weekend ahead everyone..

Greg Hughes