TENDERS CALLED FOR NEW APPRENTICE MENTORING PROGRAM (FED)

7th September 2017

The Turnbull Government is taking another important step in its plan to help thousands of Australians complete apprenticeships and traineeships to secure jobs and careers. Tenders are being called to provide intensive early support for apprentices and trainees, as part of the Government’s Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices program. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews MP, said the Turnbull Government’s $60 million initiative will benefit up to 45,000 Australian Apprentices and assist them in their training journey.

Tenders called for new apprentice mentoring program (FED)

NON-CONFORMING BUILDING PRODUCTS (FED)

6th September 2017

Senator KETTER (Queensland) (17:13): I present an interim report of the Economics References Committee on non-conforming building products.

Non-conforming building products (FED)

$397M CONVENTION CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT COMPLETE AS EAST BUILDING OPENS (SA)

30th August 2017

Premier, Jay Weatherill, says the Adelaide Convention Centre redevelopment is officially complete, paving the way for thousands of conventions and events, and expected to generate almost $2 billion dollars in economic activity and support 1,200 ongoing jobs. “The Stage Two East Building – the final element of the $397 million redevelopment – is opening almost 30 years to the day after the original Convention Centre opened. The East Building replaces the Original Plenary Building, the first convention centre in Australia, and follows the completion of the West Building in July 2015.

$397m Convention Centre redevelopment complete as East Building opens (SA)

HIGHEST HOUSING APPROVALS CONTINUE FOR NSW (NSW)

30th August 2017

Housing approvals in NSW continue at historic highs with 70,897 residential building approvals over the past year, according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the rate of building approvals and completions in NSW was unprecedented and showed the NSW Government’s policy to increase supply was working.

Highest housing approvals continue for NSW (NSW)

WESTERN SYDNEY AIRPORT TO CREATE JOBS AND INVESTMENT BOOM (FED)

31st August 2017

Western Sydney Airport will generate tens of thousands of jobs – thousands more than previously estimated – according to new modelling from Ernst and Young.

By 2031 – five years after the airport is scheduled to open – Western Sydney Airport will have delivered an estimated 28,000 additional jobs both inside the airport and in surrounding areas. This number of new jobs in the region increases to 47,000 by 2041. Importantly, these new jobs are in addition to the 11,000 construction jobs during the period the airport is being built.

Western Sydney Airport to create jobs and investment boom (FED)

UNIONS WRAP ACTU CONGRESS WITH PLAN TO PROTECT WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND LIVING STANDARDS

Australian Unions have concluded the ACTU Congress 2015 invigorated by a new Union Charter and campaign plan to protect workers’ rights and living standards. Over the past three days around a thousand union delegates from around the country have debated and voted on the policies that will shape the union movement’s agenda for the next three years. This includes campaigning for domestic violence leave, stopping the exploitation of foreign and local workers, extending the government’s paid parental leave scheme to 26 weeks at the minimum wage plus super, strengthening protections around unfair dismissal and establishing a national portable entitlements scheme. Unions come out of this Congress ready to campaign on the issues that matter to working people.ACTU Congress 2015 Release

GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIPS

GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIPS (FED)

Data released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) underscores the importance of the Australian Government’s significant reforms to support for apprentices and their employers. The Apprentices and trainees 2014 December quarter report shows that the decline in the number of people in training that started under Labor in 2012, has continued, although the rate of decline has slowed. Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said the Government was investing around $6 billion this year to support people undertaking vocational education and training (VET), including more than 300,000 apprentices.    Media – 27 May 2015

 

VBA Announces Audit Program on Non-Compliant Cladding

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has today used its performance audit powers in the next stage of its inquiry to ensure that buildings have been built with compliant cladding.

As outlined in the attached latest news item, available on the VBA website, the regulator has identified some 170 buildings that it will immediately target as part of the audit program and has written to the relevant building surveyor and builder for each of the building projects requiring information to demonstrate the suitability of cladding material approved and used in construction.

The initial scope of the audit will extend to Class 2, 3 and 9 buildings which, in accordance with the Building Code of Australia, are required to have non-combustible external walls.  The buildings identified are around inner Melbourne and were built between the 1st of January 2005 and the 30th of April 2015.

It is important to note that these buildings have not been identified as being non-compliant. The VBA is taking a risk-based approach to satisfy itself that the types of cladding material used will not compromise the building’s continued safe occupation.

Other actions already underway by the VBA to identify the non-compliant use of cladding will continue. These include the investigation of practitioners involved in the Lacrosse building and a request to 20,000 practitioners to provide details of any buildings they might suspect may have used an aluminium composite product in a non-compliant way.

If the VBA identifies that any cladding materials have been used in a potentially non-compliant manner, it will take the following steps:

  1. Notify the local Municipal Building Surveyor, who will
    1. inspect each location and determine if there is a risk to occupants and notify them of the results of that inspection and any further actions that might be required; and
    2. notify the VBA of the results of the inspection
  2. Notify the relevant fire service; and
  3. Notify the general public by posting the details on the VBA website.