REVISION 9 OF THE COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY VICTORIA 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines for the Building and Construction Industry Victoria (Revision 9) are now released together with an Explanatory Note.

Consistent with the latest DHHS Directions and best advice, Revision 9 includes some significant changes. 
 
By reflecting Rev 9 in your CovidSafe Plans we anticipate that this version can remain applicable for well into the New Year. However, we cannot be complacent. 
 
Let’s continue to keep the Industry safe from COVID. 

Industry Guidelines
Explanatory Note

2020 AIB ACT PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AWARDS

The 2020 AIB Australian Capital Territory Professional Excellence in Building Awards are being held on the 4th of November at… THE AINSLIE FOOTBALL CLUB

A special guest speaker will be joining us, Founder of Apsen Medical and Project Independence, Glenn Keys AO. Someone you don’t want to miss!

WHEN: 5:30pm, Wednesday, 4th November, 2020

WHERE: Ainslie Football Club, 52 Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie ACT 2602

1 Ticket: $65
6 Tickets: $360
10 Tickets: $500
Student: $40

Spots are limited so make sure you get your tickets quick! Sales end 30 October 2020

Support these ACT Entrants in celebrating their great contribution to the ACT Building Industry!

Shaw Building Group

Upgrade of High Performance Computing Facility, ANU

Refurbishment of the College of Law Precinct, ANU

Hindmarsh

ANU Teaching Spaces Upgrade

Lendlease Building

South Coast Correction Centre

ANU Union Court Redevelopment (Kambri)

Richard Crookes Construction

ANU Student Accommodation 6 – Bruce & Wright Halls

All Professional Excellence Award Winners on the night are shortlisted for the National Awards which will be LIVE streamed on YouTube on the 20th of November – more information on this event to come!

We hope to see you there!

2020 WESTERN AUSTRALIA PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The 2020 AIB Western Australian Professional Excellence Awards tickets are now on sale – please follow this link to purchase your tickets: https://www.aibawards.org/book-now

Tickets will be on sale until the 30th of October 2020 – spots are limited due to COVID-19 so don’t wait!

We hope you will join us in celebrating all the WA projects and reconnecting after a trying start to the year.

If you have any questions – please contact Abigail Czudek on (02) 6253 1100 or awards@aib.org.au

MOVING FROM HEAVILY RESTRICTED TO RESTRICTED WORKFORCE CAPACITY

Dear Member,

As you are aware, on September 28 the State Government begins the second stage of restriction removals. This includes increasing construction site capacity from 25% to 85% of the baseline average of the project life cycle. The increase in site capacity is a direct result of the construction industry following the rules.

However, we need to remain highly vigilant in the enforcement and monitoring of the rules. To assist you, we have created a series of posters in 16 languages to ensure that rules are available to all, regardless of language. Please ensure that these posters are displayed in all languages. They will be updated weekly to reflect the changing nature of COVID-19. These are available on the following website covid.culturalpulse.com.au

If you have any questions, please contact the Australian Institute of Building. We are all in this together and we thank you for doing the right thing, following the rules and keeping our sites open.

25092020 MEDIA RELEASE – New Campaign for Safety on the Worksite

URGENT UPDATE: FOR THE TRANSITION TO RESTRICTED ACTIVITY LEVEL 

 

The attached documents, Transition to Restricted Activity Level dated today and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines for the Building and Construction Industry (Revision 7)  as released 21 August 2020 , are recommended to now be read together and will be required to be in place with effect on 28 September 2020 in order to transition to the Restricted Stage.

If these arrangements are not in place, transition to Restricted Stage cannot occur for those sites.

 

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

What is happening at home?

This year has been challenging in many areas for all sections of our community, families, friends and touched us all in some way or another. However, this is a time for cool heads and a sensible approach to the recovery process.

Despite having an over-supply of housing, with the increase in homes built exceeding population growth since 2014, key areas have been neglected. Short story, we have too many of the wrong type of homes, being apartments; 71% of the decline in 2019, and will take another five years to correct.

It’s important that we, as an industry, fully understand the social needs of our respective communities, the result of which has led to severe shortages in shelter for the homeless, low income affordable housing (rentals), and assisted and independent living.

As a result of COVID-19, trust in Aged care facilities has taken a severe battering and not likely to change any time soon, in the author’s view. Research out of Europe and anecdotally in Australia, is showing better quality of life for the elderly living at home or in a family environment, than in the isolation of an Aged Care facility. Unfortunately, there are significant numbers of elderly and disabled folk that need “hospital” care.

In terms of the future of housing, with a mini baby boom becoming evident, given a stagnant death rate, is expected to compensate to some degree for the fall in Net Overseas Migration. This is expected to see population grow by an estimated 250,000 over the 2021 year with majority being new-born.

Factors impacting household formation, younger folk leaving home and on the credit side, the 50,000 homes that enter the market every year, as elderly folk move into nursing homes and retirement villages.  Keep in mind that these homes do not register as “Residential”. The over-riding issue with many of these homes is affordability, being in sought after areas, and beyond the means new home buyers and renters.

Despite concern, build rate of 130,000 a year for the next two years, at least, provides time to absorb the excessive number of apartments and empty homes laying idle. After this we will see numbers improve and demand driven.

Have a great weekend,

Geoff Dart
Australian Institute of Building, Executive Director

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) GUIDELINES FOR THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY VICTORIA – REVISION 7 RELEASED

 

 

 

 

 

Please note the importance of reading the Guidelines in conjunction with the DHHS and Business Vic links, which will continue to be updated for clarifications, another update to the Business Vic Sector Guidance Q and A’s was uploaded last night.

Further work is currently being undertaken as to what a “Return to Work” strategy might be, there is continuous engagement  with the Government and the Industry Working Group with a view to facilitating the best case scenarios and outcomes for our Industry under the current circumstances.

Explanatory Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines for the Building and Construction Industry Victoria (Revision 7).

Industry Guidelines

CONGRATULATIONS JUSTIN ARTER, CEO OF CBUS SUPER FUND

The Australian Institute of Building would like to extend its warm congratulations to Justin Arter in his recent appointment as CEO for Cbus Super Fund, a major supporter of Australian building and construction industry.

AUSTRALIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FORUM ISSUES CORONAVIRUS RECOVERY PROPOSAL – CONSTRUCTION’S BRIDGE TO RECOVERY

After extensive consultation with member associations over the past twelve weeks, the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) today issued the document Construction’s Bridge to Recovery, with a number of key recommendations to guide the construction industry out of the coronavirus disruption period.

ACIF Executive Director James Cameron commented, “As the building and construction sector represents almost 10% of the Australian economy, and the industry employs 1.2 million Australians in over 390,000 businesses, it is essential for Australia that we get this right.“

“We are calling on governments to pull forward and re-commit to spending already announced. These measures could raise building and construction activity by $66 billion over five years, which would have a very beneficial and stimulatory effect.” 

“This stimulus spending should be spread across residential, non-residential and infrastructure construction, with much of the spending to go to small and medium-sized enterprises, and a focus on Australian-made products in construction. Social housing should be a particular focus of residential stimulus.”

”Further, ACIF calls for regulatory reform and regulatory requirements such as licensing and registration and inspections to continue as normal.  The recommendations of the Building Confidence Report should continue to be implemented, and we welcome the most recent Building Ministers’ Forum communiqué stating that this would occur.”

“Fast government payments on projects of 1 to 5 days would definitely assist the industry at this time”, Mr Cameron added. 

“ACIF calls for changes to government procurement processes to assist with the economic recovery and support Australian businesses, and endorses the recent announcement by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in this regard.”

“Vocational and apprenticeship courses should be further supported, with incentives for apprentices to be retained and more hired.  Further, incentives for employers to take on new or out of work apprentices, and bring candidates from outside the industry into entry level roles would all be nation-building.“

“Australia’s epidemiological and fiscal response to the coronavirus pandemic has been world class, and the liaison between industry and government outstanding.  We can also have a very positive economic story coming out of this pandemic with the right policy settings”, Mr Cameron stated.

The ACIF report Construction’s Bridge to Recovery can be found on our website here. 

About Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF)
The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is the cohesive, trusted voice of the Australian Construction Industry. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the 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 and 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.

NSW GOVERNMENT DELIVERS HISTORIC BUILDING REFORMS TO RESTORE INDUSTRY CONFIDENCE

 

The NSW Government has delivered on its promise to restore public confidence in the building industry by successfully passing the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019.

Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson said the much-needed reforms, passed by Parliament today, mark the start of a new era in the design and construction of buildings in NSW.

“The NSW Government has a no nonsense approach to achieving and maintaining best practice regulation across all of the industries that it regulates, and the building sector is no exception,” Mr Anderson said.

“This Bill is all about putting consumers first by giving those entering the property market peace of mind that their home will be expertly designed and built in compliance with the Australian Building Codes.”

The Minister said the Bill, developed through extensive consultation with industry stakeholders and the public, will ensure NSW has a leading system of design and building regulation that delivers well-constructed buildings into the future.

“The passing of the Bill is a huge step forward in the rebuilding the construction sector into a transparent, accountable, customer-centric industry that consumers deserve,” Mr Anderson said.

“Owners of apartment buildings with defects will benefit immediately from the statutory duty of care that applies to all new buildings and those less than ten years old.”

Also introduced to NSW Parliament this week is the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Bill 2020, boosting the Building Commissioner’s power to stop dodgy builders and developers in their tracks.

The NSW Building Commissioner, David Chandler OAM, will be leading the regulator’s implementation of both Bills, through an expert team of up to 60 new staff who will undertake increased investigation, audit and compliance activities

“Combined, these two Bills put the interests of consumers first and show that the Government is serious about lifting the standard of work across the building and construction sector,” Mr Chandler said.

“The laws will give my team a broad range of powers, including the ability to issue stop work orders, prevent strata plan registration and occupation certificates, and to issue hefty fines for those doing the wrong thing.”

The two pieces of legislation forms one part of the NSW Government’s comprehensive six part reform agenda to lift standards and accountability in the building sector.

Media: Chloe Stevenson 0409 746 294

INDUSTRY COMMENTARY

Bronwyn Evans, CEO, Engineers Australia

The passage of the Design and Building Practitioners Bill through the NSW Parliament is a history-making development in the regulation of professional engineers in Australia and one which will significantly benefit the community and the engineering profession”

“It will lift professional standards for the 60,000 engineers who work in NSW and who are vital to the state’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Compulsory registration of engineers will help to minimise the risk of more major incidents, such as Opal and Mascot Towers or bridge collapses that have been seen in Australia and around the world.

“Our members overwhelmingly support the reforms for compulsory registration of engineers, and Engineers Australia is pleased to have played a leading role in them becoming law.

“Engineers Australia looks forward to continuing to work constructively with the Government and other key stakeholders as the regulations to the legislation are developed.”

Francine Binns, CEO, PWEANSW

“IPWEA NSW recognises the importance of restoring consumer trust and confidence in the building and construction sector however urges state government to continue working on its commitment to introduce a professional engineers registration scheme that makes it compulsory for all engineers in NSW to be registered in order to practice”, said IPWEA NSW CEO Francine Binns.

“Engineers provide a critical service to our economy and we encourage continued development and scope of the bills to be expanded to include all disciplines of all engineering that is consistent with other states particularly Queensland and Victoria” she added.

IPWEA NSW along with other industry bodies have repeatedly called for a registration scheme covering all types of engineers combined with professional development to be introduced into NSW.

“The registration scheme will also address the ongoing and increasing skills shortage of engineers in local government and is central to any future improvements in productivity and economic development for the NSW community”, said Ms Binns.