NEW BUILDING WEBSITE TO IMPROVE CONSUMER AND INDUSTRY AWARENESS

Media Release

 

Gordon Ramsay MLA
Attorney-General
Minister for the Arts and Cultural Events
Minister for Building Quality Improvement
Minister for Business and Regulatory Services
Minister for Seniors and Veterans

 

The ACT Government has today launched a new website designed to raise awareness and provide educational outcomes about consumer and industry requirements in the ACT construction sector.

The launch of the website comes as the Government continues its commitment to reform the building industry by making it easier for consumers and businesses to access important information.

Importantly, the website details what is required of builders, developers and consumers when considering what is required to build, buy or renovate in the ACT.

Additionally, the website has easy to access links detailing dispute resolution processes for consumers, as well as other important information like the disciplinary register and a register of licensed practitioners.

Minister for Building Quality Improvement Gordon Ramsay encouraged consumers to thoroughly investigate the work history of who they were choosing to hire when they were building a new home, or who has built a property they were considering purchasing.

“Canberrans should expect that their housing is safe and of an appropriate standard. Our city is growing fast, and we need to have building work that meets both ACT and National standards,” Minister Ramsay said.

“We want a community that is empowered, where people have all the information they need and understand their rights and responsibilities when embarking on a purchase or renovation project.

“To assist Canberrans in finding out about all things ‘building’ we have created a one-stop website for consumers and industry members to find out the relevant policy and regulation that applies in the ACT.

“If you are looking for a builder – we have made it even easier to search for a licensed professional via our database as well as make an enquiry or lodge a complaint if necessary.”

Minister Ramsay said information on the website would continue to be enhanced and resources added over the coming months, including videos and other user-friendly resources.

For more information visit: www.act.gov.au/buildbuyrenovate

Media contact: Anton Gallacher          T (02) 6207 3795      M 0422 574108      anton.gallacher@act.gov.au

2019 QLD PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AWARDS RESULTS

The Queensland Chapter held their Professional Excellence in Building Awards last Friday 14 June at the Pullman Hotel in Brisbane.

The night proved to be a great success! Check out the photos from the night here.

A special mention to the 2019 Queensland Building Professional of the Year – Glenn Robinson from Multiplex for his 300 George Street Stage 1 – W Hotel and Brisbane Quarter project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The full list of winners can be found here

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INACTION AFTER GRENFELL TOWER TRAGEDY PUTS QLD AT RISK

Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport
The Honourable Mick de Brenni

Media Release

Federal Government Inaction After Grenfell Tower Tragedy Puts Queenslanders At Risk

Two years on from the Grenfell Tower inferno in London, the global aftershocks are pushing Queensland’s building industry into an insurance crisis.

To protect the community and stabilise the building industry, the Queensland Government is considering ending the use of provisions that have allowed combustible cladding on buildings over three storeys.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni has called an urgent extraordinary meeting of his Ministerial Construction Council (MCC) to discuss a range of measures to stop construction works in Queensland from grinding to a standstill.

“The Queensland building and construction industry employs 230,000 Queenslanders and unrectified combustible cladding poses a risk to tradies and Queenslanders where they live and work.

“For too long “creative solutions”, including performance solutions, that allow combustible cladding to be installed on high-rise buildings have been permeating the industry and the State’s built environment.

“Due to the Morrison Government’s inaction we’ve got to the point where combustible cladding is causing insurance companies to exit the market and crank up their charges to certifiers,” he said.

“We’ve had reports of some insurance premiums increasing by thousands of dollars, some by up to 226 per cent more than the previous year.

‘Our certifiers keep the building industry ticking and the Palaszczuk Government will not see Queenslanders out of work due to federal inaction on this issue.

“The era of “bendable rules” must finish. Complacency and the misuse of performance-based solutions has seen buildings in Australia clad in solid petrol,” Mr de Brenni said. “I think Queenslanders would want us to simply outlaw that practice if it will remove the risk of a cladding disaster and stabilise our vital building industry.”

Banning performance solutions is a move which has already been introduced by the West Australian government, and local industry reports that it is an approach that is working well.

“Queensland may join WA in departing from key elements of the Canberra-developed building code.

“The National Construction Code was a good idea but has become a vehicle for reckless industry practises and deregulation by stealth.

“It’s all very well for the Federal Government to claim a failing by the states but when the rule book is so loose and open to interpretation, then the Commonwealth must tighten those rules or realise the state governments will have to deal with the unacceptable ambiguities.

“Our priority has to be about people, profits have taken centre stage in this sector for too long,” Mr de Brenni said.

“It’s just as important that we support Queensland’s $45 billion building and construction industry and keep it operating sustainably and safely and this means keeping certifiers in business.”

Mr de Brenni said the insurance crisis for certifiers has been triggered by the insurance industry reacting to the combustible cladding scandal.

“The Federal Government has failed to ban the importation of dodgy combustible cladding despite the risks it presents, so the State Government will be ensuring the Queensland community is protected.

“Some industry groups have been calling for the government to allow certifiers to approve buildings without adequate professional indemnity insurance.

“If this means allowing insurance policy with exclusions then the only way I think this would be satisfactory to the public would be if we removed the ability to use high-risk products on high-rise buildings. This means banning the use of performance solutions or alternative methods of compliance to the law.”

A raft of recommendations from an independent PricewaterhouseCoopers report into the insurance issue will be considered at the MCC meeting on Tuesday 18 June 2019, along with other measures including:

  • Changing licensing rules for certifiers to allow them to practice with exclusion in their mandatory profession indemnity insurance.
  • the creation of a national professional standards body for certifiers, much like that which exists for lawyers, solicitors, architects, and engineers;
  • expediting a permanent labelling system for Aluminium Composite Panels in Australia to prevent substitution;
  • and establishing a model to indemnify certifiers who are involved in combustible cladding rectification or remediation work on buildings.

PRE-FAB INNOVATION LAB FOR BUILDING INDUSTRY

The Hon Karen Andrews MP
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology
Federal Member for McPherson

MEDIA RELEASE

 

PRE-FAB INNOVATION LAB FOR BUILDING INDUSTRY

The Morrison Government is backing Australia’s manufacturing and building and construction sectors, with support for the prefabricated building industry.

Up to $2 million will be spent developing a new collaborative lab to help manufacturers design innovative new prefabricated buildings that are more eco-friendly, affordable and can significantly reduce times for construction.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the new lab would support work on a wide range of buildings, including tiny houses, larger homes and offices and strengthen Australia’s position in the global prefabricated building market.

“This sector is starting to build significant momentum and currently represents 3-5 per cent of Australia’s $150 billion construction industry,” Minister Andrews said.

“This share could grow to 15 per cent by 2025, creating 20,000 new Australian jobs and adding $30 billion to our economy.

“The Morrison Government is committed to helping support and grow this emerging industry and ensure Australia seizes this opportunity.”

The prefabricated modular building industry includes modular houses and offices created in a factory setting and then transported directly to site.

To kick-start this new project, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre will receive up to $2 million in funding to undertake a feasibility study and, based on the findings, establish a collaborative innovation lab.

The Coalition is already supporting leading research in this area, announcing $4 million in funding to the Australian Research Council Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing.

The Morrison Government is committed to Australia’s advanced manufacturing sector, as part of our plan to grow the economy and create 1.25 million new jobs over the next five years.

Media Contact: Valeria Cheglov 0438 494 351 / Keegan Buzza 0447 697 846 Office of the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Member for McPherson, Varsity Lakes, QLD

THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT – WEEK THAT WAS …

14 June 2019

This has been a busy time for institute activities, our Chapters are now actively hosting the various Professional Excellence Awards presentation events. We have completed award presentations in Canberra and Adelaide, and I am currently travelling to attend the QLD Chapter – Professional Excellence Awards tonight at the Pullman Hotel in Brisbane. In the next two weeks I am scheduled to visit Hong Kong with the OS Chapter President – Norman Faifer and the CEO Greg Hughes before travelling to Singapore for meetings and returning via Perth to attend the WA Chapter awards.

This week has seen the announcement of Queens Birthday Honours lists for 2019. I have phoned and sent letters of congratulations on behalf of the Institute to a number of industry contacts who within my professional network who received recognition of National significance.

We acknowledge the service of:

Laurence Evans – OAM (Victoria)
Associate Professor Peter Williams – AM (FAIB ret) (Victoria)
Dr Paul Steinfort – AM (Victoria)
Maha Sinnathamby – AM (Queensland)

It is pleasing that the strong AIB / Melbourne University connection was recognised through  one of our members Associate Professor Peter Williams – AM (FAIB ret). Peter first joined the Institute as a student member in 1964 being encouraged to do so by the late Emeritus Professor Leo U Simon FAIB FIEAust, the Foundation Professor of Building in the Faculty. Peter went on to work in the firm of L U Simon Builders whilst completing his studies.

The Building degree (promoted by the AIB) at the University of Melbourne commenced in 1958, and Peter was one of the first graduates of that course and went on to become the first graduate of the course to be appointed to a full time staff position within the Faculty.

For many years Peter was the Editor (for some 20 years +) of the original AIB Chartered Builder magazine, the “AIB Papers”, a refereed journal of academic building industry articles and papers which was published quarterly, his work here in promoting building as an academic stream and as a profession was invaluable. Peter was elevated to Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building in 2004 in recognition of his services to the Institute, education and the industry in general.

Insurance Issues for industry

We have this week seen increased discussion on the reduction in cover and restrictions on Professional Indemnity [PI] insurance policies across the industry. Our friends at the AIBS have highlighted the extreme difficulties that some of their members will face shortly as regulators have not considered the recent changes in underwriters support across the industry (click here for AIBS communique). In my recent discussions with Darren Pavic of BRIC this week he noted that there is currently only one insurer providing policies for new client without exclusions in relation to combustible cladding with this insurer not taking on new building surveying clients after 2 July 2019.

A perfect storm is approaching as practitioners’ policies expire. If their renewal offer now contains qualifications or cover limitations including “cladding exclusions” these forms of policy will conflict with some State Regulators requiring unqualified cover to maintain various licences to practice. This is a serious matter and it could affect the entire industry productivity starting next month in July. Building Surveyors may be forced to effectively stop work without urgent Government intervention. Darren also noted the PI offerings for other industry professionals are being similarly restricted where they involve fire engineering, architectural design, etc.

Some jurisdictions for example in Queensland have indicated based on recent statements from the Queensland Minister for Public Works, Mick de Brenni, that local councils will step in as building certifiers if private certifiers are forced from the market.

So the AIB will clearly have a role advocating for our membership as this unfolds.

Presidential duties in the last period has included:

  • Attendance at a NSW Chapter committee meeting following my panel presentations at DesignBUILD to update the committee on activities around the country;
  • Attending the ACT Chapter Awards at a Canberra venue (after a break of two years due to a combined awards event shared with the NSW Chapter). The return to Canberra also introduced a change of presentation format as a shorter cocktail  function that increased the opportunity for industry networking;
  • Meeting with the NSW Chapter members and attending ACIF meetings in Sydney as the AIB representative / observer standing in for the CEO;
  • Meeting with the SA Chapter committee ahead of the PEA event to update the committee on activities around the country;
  • Renewing connections with the Statutory Domestic Insurance CEO in Victoria to discuss the critical issues facing Government and the VBA as state regulator:
  • local contacts in Melbourne a visit to Perth for meetings with the Head of School at Curtain University;
  • planning and teleconference meetings for the Institute as part of National Council governance;
  • meeting prospective partners do discuss initiative around AIB promotion;
  • planning for meetings, professional interviews and Hong Kong attendance for both awards and the annual chapter meeting to finalise the incoming Chapter committee;
  • Informal meeting and CoW presentation planning, for a short stop in Singapore to discuss the SIBL input and support for our upcoming International Building Conference scheduled in Sydney this September

Finally I met today in Brisbane, a potential business partner that is interested in promoting a healthier workforce. We have discussed how the issue of Prostate Cancer awareness can be raised within a large portion of workers and managers employed in the construction industry. The key to early identification is getting the clinical test done and analysing the results. We will have further details soon on how you can work with Maxwell Plus to utilise their Digital Clinic services to better link the analysis of results with Prostate Cancer Specialists.

We will continue to communicate with 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.

This month I would encourage you to book to attend your local Chapter award dinner and start planning for the International Conference in Sydney this September. Conference program details and bookings can be found here.

So I look forward to seeing you soon at an AIB event soon with our Professional Excellence Awards presentations this month in QLD, HK and WA Chapters.

David Burnell FAIB

National President, Australian Institute of Building

LET’S TALK MEN’S HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE

Canberra construction workers and employers this morning discussed the health needs of men over a healthy burrito breakfast as part of Men’s Health Week.

Sadly, 93% of workplace deaths are men. Men suffer from more lifestyle-related health conditions and are less likely to seek medical advice. We often take a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude to our health.

Making small lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on men’s lives as individuals and in our workplaces.

Healthier Work and the OzHelp Foundation, who helped organise today’s breakfast, can help employers develop health and wellbeing initiatives that support workers making healthy lifestyle changes.

A preventiative arm of WorkSafe ACT, Healthier Work is a free service available to ACT businesses. It currently supports 75 local workplaces to develop and implement health and wellbeing programs.

The ACT Government is proud to fund the important work of the OzHelp Foundation, which is helping men in hard to reach industries like construction. The Foundation builds the capacity of workplaces to recognise and respond to mental illness and suicide risk.

Businesses that invest in the wellbeing of their workers beyond just meeting their work health and safety obligations can benefit from reduced rates of injury and illness, increased productivity, improved staff retention and, importantly, happier workers.

2019 SA PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AWARDS RESULTS

The South Australian Chapter held their Professional Excellence in Building Awards last Friday 31 May at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide.

The night proved to be a great success! Check out the photos from the night here.

 

A special mention to the 2019 South Australia Building Professional of the Year – Tony Swan from Hansen Yuncken for his UniSA Cancer Research Institute project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judges comment:

“This year we had a pleasing response with high quality submissions in all categories. This in itself created quite a challenge for our five judges all bringing their wealth of experience to balance the panels determination of awards for the successful recipients.

What stood out this year was the highly competitive quality of the submissions incorporating well considered responses backed up with positive client testimonies.

A special thanks to Alanna Brooks, our National Awards Coordinator and all the SA judges; Geoff Penley, Tim Readman, Fred Silz, Richard Smith & Jeanie Elliot,  for what was an intense period of time to review the 26 entries.

Winning an AIB Professional Excellence or High Commendation Award is cause for celebration and a true testimony to the achievements of the project teams meeting time, cost quality & environmental objectives”. 

The full list of winners can be found here

2019 ACT PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AWARDS RESULTS

2019 ACT BUILDING PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

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.

PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE

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

PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE

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

HIGH COMMENDATION

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

HIGH COMMENDATION

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

HIGH COMMENDATION

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

ACIF FORECASTS THE OUTLOOK FOR CONSTRUCTION IS ‘STEADY AS SHE GOES’

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.

THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT – MONTH THAT WAS

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