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.

$3 BILLION BOOST CREATES $100 BILLION INFRASTRUCTURE AND JOBS PIPELINE (NSW)

The NSW Government has announced a new $3 billion acceleration fund to go towards job-creating projects, increasing the Government’s infrastructure pipeline to a guaranteed $100 billion.

The new $3 billion Infrastructure and Job Acceleration Fund will be used for smaller, shovel-ready projects touching every corner of the state, injecting up to an extra 20 thousand jobs back into the NSW workforce.

The Government will no longer proceed with the refurbishment of Stadium Australia, redirecting around $800 million towards the new fund for job-creating infrastructure projects.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said infrastructure would provide a path to employment, and economic recovery, firing up the economy.

“This guaranteed pipeline of $100 billion will be our best chance supporting the hundreds of thousands of people who have already lost their jobs in NSW,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We are now not only guaranteeing our infrastructure pipeline, we will be looking for opportunities to fast-track projects to provide jobs as early as we can.

The Government said the Stadium Australia rebuild was a sensible project backed by the people of NSW at last year’s election, but in the current health and economic climate it no longer makes sense.

The promised Parramatta Powerhouse museum will still be delivered through the infrastructure pipeline.

This project alone will create more than 1,100 construction jobs in Western Sydney, 2,400 indirect jobs, and keep hundreds employed once it opens. The Government is also looking at options to support the Arts community at Ultimo.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the fast-tracking of projects would support jobs across the entire State and the Government was in the process of identifying them.

“The communities of NSW have been through an incredibly tough period with continued drought, horrific bushfires and now COVID-19 and the best path to recovery is creating jobs,” Mr Barilaro said.

“An unprecedented crisis calls for an unprecedented recovery and redirecting funding from Stadium Australia to job-creating infrastructure builds is the right thing to do for the people of NSW.”

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the clear advice from the Reserve Bank of Australia was that governments should do everything they can to create jobs and stimulate the economy as we emerge from the shadow of COVID-19.

“With around 500,000 people out of work in NSW we are focused on creating as many jobs as possible to shorten the lines outside of Centrelink,” Mr Perrottet said.

“NSW was an infrastructure led economy heading in to the pandemic, and now we will help drive the State forward by creating more jobs for the people who have been hit hardest with an infrastructure led recovery coming out.”

MEDIA: Kari Keenan | Premier | 0448 865 311
Georgina Kentwell | Deputy Premier ǀ 0427 206 308
Ian Paterson | Treasurer | 0438 748 501

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LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The New South Wales and The Australian Capital Territory Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Friday 8 June 2018) announced the Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

At a sold out dinner presentation, guests heard how the judging panel was at times ‘immediately impressed’ with the quality of many of the submissions.

“The stand out to the judging panel this year was the lack of women on the project teams which to the AIB as the peak body for the building and construction professional, is a real concern. However on the other hand, the increased use of technology in the projects we saw was impressive” said Jury Chair John Smolders.

“This year’s judging again reinforced a number of achievements including the ability of the delivery teams to accommodate often unplanned changing needs of project requirements and objectives by having collaborative working cultures in place across the contracting, consulting and proprietor groups. The delivery of sustainable outcomes for environmental engineering standards and the ability to deliver good financial results relate to these changing needs.

The ability however that has been developed over recent years to address and digest ‘project changes and problems’ successfully, could be tempered with more forward looking initiatives to better address whole of project and culture needs including more attention for socially inclusive and sustainable outcomes. As projects become more turnkey, the responsibility of contracting organisations will require more leadership in this area.

While the capability and composition of the project staff is now excellent, there is very poor gender balance in these teams and organisations must address this issue to further improve capability and balance in the delivery process” said John.

AIB National President, Paul Heather said “The Awards recognise the contribution and leadership shown by individuals to the successful completion of a construction project, reinforcing that the success of any building firm can be attributed to those responsible for construction projects”

The judging criterion for the Awards weights the contribution of individuals and the challenges that they face. It is based on the complexity of the project in its construction phase as opposed to the characteristics of the completed structure.

The Australian Institute of Building went on to congratulate the 2018 NSW Building Professional of the Year, Andrew Buchanan from Lendlease for his work on Hunter Correctional Centre.

Winners of Professional Excellence Awards from the night will now go on to the National Awards to be held in Canberra on Saturday, 7 September.2018.

Photos from the night can be viewed here (please allow 5-7 working days after event): https://www.flickr.com/photos/aibnational/sets/

For further information, please contact:
Mr Greg Hughes, CEO
Phone 02 6253 1100
Email: ceo@aib.org.au

The list of recipients is detailed on the attachment. Most recipients are available for interview, please contact the Australian Institute of Building on 02 6253 1100 to organise.

2018 AIB NSW Chapter Building Professional of the Year

2018 AIB NSW Chapter Building Professional of the Year
Winner: Andrew Buchanan
Company: Lendlease Pty Ltd
Project: Hunter Correctional Centre

2018 AIB NSW Chapter Professional Excellence in Building Award Recipients

Category: Commercial Construction Up to $5 Million
Winner: Philippa Seldon
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Manteena Commercial Pty Ltd
Project: Australian Peacekeeping Memorial

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Vargha Zare
Award: High Commendation
Company: Lahey Constructions
Project: Harbord Public School – New Facilities

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Jonathan Russell
Award: High Commendation
Company: Hansen Yuncken
Project: University of Newcastle – NeWSpace

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: Justin Clark
Award: High Commendation
Company: J Hutchinson Pty Ltd
Project: Global Switch Data Centre Sydney East, Stages 2 & 3

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: Ben Winter
Award: High Commendation
Company: John Holland Group
Project: 1 Parramatta Square (1PSQ)

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: James Terry
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Lendlease Building Pty Ltd
Project: Helicopter Aircrew Training System Facilities

Category: Residential Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Peter Sukkar
Award: High Commendation
Company: Growthbuilt
Project: Griffiths Teas, Surry Hills

Category: Residential Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: Jayson Barnaby
Award: High Commendation
Company: J Hutchinson Pty Ltd
Project: University of Wollongong Student Accommodation

Category: Infrastructure
Winner: Andrew Buchanan
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Lendlease
Project: Hunter Correctional Centre

Category: Infrastructure
Winner: Ross Greenup
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Shaw Building Group Pty Ltd
Project: The Canberra Hospital “Continuity of Services – Essential Infrastructure (COSEI)”

Category: Research, Development & Technology
Winner: Charlie Versi
Award: High Commendation
Company: Buildcorp Group Pty Ltd
Project: Onsite™ – The development and implementation of Buildcorp’s quality management app software

Category: Research, Development & Technology
Winner: Alan Jeary
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: STRAAM Group
Project: Risk Management and Assessment

Category: General
Winner: Roger Poels
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Shaw Building Group Pty Ltd
Project: Refurbishment of the Captain Cook Memorial Jet (CCMJ)

NATIONAL REVIEW OF SECURITY OF PAYMENT LAWS FINAL REPORT RELEASED

The Hon Craig Laundy MP
Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation Member for Reid

MEDIA RELEASE
21 May 2018

NATIONAL REVIEW OF SECURITY OF PAYMENT LAWS FINAL REPORT RELEASED
The Turnbull Government today released the final report of the Review of Security of Payment Laws, undertaken by Mr John Murray AM, a specialist in resolving building contract disputes and security of payment legislation.

Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy said the Government commissioned the review to look at protections for individuals and small businesses involved in subcontracting in the building and construction industry.

“For these operators, delayed and disputed payments can make or break them,” Minister Laundy said Mr Murray’s comprehensive report makes 86 recommendations to improve consistency in security of payment legislation and enhance protections to ensure subcontractors get paid on time for work they have done, regardless of which state or territory they operate in.

Key amongst these is the recommendation to make security of payment laws nationally consistent with what is commonly known as the East Coast model, which is modelled on the NSW security of payment legislation.

“I appreciate the extensive consultation that Mr Murray undertook during the review and thank him for his efforts.

“As legislative responsibility for security of payment rests with the states and territories, the Government will work cooperatively with them on the findings of the review.

“As Chair of the Building Minister Forum, I am committed to working closely with all Building Ministers around the country to deliver improvements to the building and construction sector which are long overdue” Minister Laundy said.

The Government acknowledges that some states and territories have taken steps in the right direction on security of payments. However, with payments on average 26.4 days late and the construction industry in Australia accounting for 20 to 25 per cent of all insolvencies more needs to be done to protect subcontractors and small businesses who are the industry’s most vulnerable participants.

“More needs to be done to harmonise the various state and territory security of payments laws so that businesses and subcontractors operating in the building and construction industry are not required to be across several complex pieces of legislation at any given time.

“More also needs to be done to ensure that where payments are protect this protection flows through the entire contractual payment chain, not just to the first tier of building industry participants, as has been the case under various trials of Project Bank Accounts including currently in Queensland.
“Off the back of the release today, the Government will consult with industry to consider the report’s recommendations and explore ways to improve the protections for individuals and businesses involved in subcontracting in the construction industry.

“The Turnbull Government is the first government to directly address this issue at a national level, further demonstrating our commitment to small business and promoting a fair and productive building industry.”

The final report is available at www.jobs.gov.au/review-security-payment-laws

Media contacts:
Office of the Hon Craig Laundy MP – Rod Bruem 0427 824 971
Department Media: media@employment.gov.au

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Friday 18 May 2018) announced the Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

At a sold out dinner presentation, guests heard how the judging panel was at times ‘immediately impressed’ with the quality of many of the submissions.

“This year we received some interesting projects with difficulties arising from very restricted access and material handling through to others that dealt with recycling and reuse of existing flout to achieve a strong result” said Jury Chair Leigh Smith.

“All the projects however displayed a high level of finished quality and attention to detail. The submissions showcased many high calibre team leaders and with help from their teams, achieved a high level of skill and competence in the execution of the building process, contractual and contractor management and most importantly, people management.

The variety of submissions also covered things such as an infrastructure project bridging over a wide and busy rail corridor and a remote project where the project team had to train and use indigenous labour” said Leigh.

AIB National President, Paul Heather said “The Awards recognise the contribution and leadership shown by individuals to the successful completion of a construction project, reinforcing that the success of any building firm can be attributed to those responsible for construction projects”

The judging criterion for the Awards weights the contribution of individuals and the challenges that they face. It is based on the complexity of the project in its construction phase as opposed to the characteristics of the completed structure.

The Australian Institute of Building went on to congratulate Eddie Gangemi,the 2018Qld Building Professional of the Year from Hutchinson Builders for his work on Newstead Central Stage 2 & 3.

Winners of Professional Excellence Awards from the night will now go on to the National Awards to be held in Canberra on Saturday, 7 September 2018.

Photos from the night can be viewed here (please allow 5-7 working days after event):  https://www.flickr.com/photos/aibnational/sets/

 

For further information, please contact:

Mr Greg Hughes, CEO

Phone 02 6253 1100

Email: ceo@aib.org.au
The list of recipients is detailed on the attachment.  Most recipients are available for interview, please contact the Australian Institute of Building on 02 6253 1100 to organise.

 

2018 AIB Qld Chapter Building Professional of the Year

Winner: Eddie Gangemi

Company:Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd

Project: Newstead Central Stage 2 & 3

 

2018 AIB Qld Chapter Professional Excellence in Building Award Recipients

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Logan Ashmole

Award: High Commendation

Company:Wiley & Co Pty Ltd

Project:Bundaberg Distillery Company Visitor Experience Centre

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Levi Corby

Award: High Commendation

Company:Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd

Project:Australia Fair East – Coles Expansion

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Rob Diamond

Award: High Commendation

Company: Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd

Project:Knauf Plasterboard Factory

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Michael White

Award: High Commendation

Company:Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd

Project:Brisbane Broncos Clive Berghofer Centre

 

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Jamie Washington

Award: High Commendation

Company:Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd

Project:310 Ann St Refurbishment

 

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Simon Rua

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:CPB Contractors Pty Ltd

Project:National Football Stadium (NFS) Project

 

Category: Residential Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Cory Hinds

Award: High Commendation

Company:Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:The Beach Apartments, Broadbeach

 

Category: Residential Construction $100 Million Plus

Winner: Eddie Gangemi

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd

Project:Newstead Central Stage 2 & 3

 

Category: Interior Construction

Winner: Cherise Czislowski

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Lendlease Building Pty Ltd

Project:NAB Place Commercial Office Fit-Out

 

Category: Interior Construction

Winner: Jae Gripske

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:iQ Construct

Project:UQ City – 293 Queen St

 

Category: Interior Construction

Winner: Natalie Radich

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Lendlease Building Pty Ltd

Project:Telstra 275 George St

 

Category: Infrastructure

Winner: Benjamin Plunkett

Award: High Commendation

Company:Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd

Project:Nambour Station Accessibility Upgrade Construction Works

 

Category: Infrasturcture

Winner: Stephen O’Brien

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd

Project: Lucinda Drive Bridge – Port Drive Upgrade

 

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Friday 4 May 2018) announced the Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

At a sold out dinner presentation, guests (including His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia) heard how the judging panel was at times ‘immediately impressed’ with the quality of many of the submissions.

“A number of projects were challenged during their construction last year with periods of unusually high rain fall causing significant delays with early works” said Jury Chair Jeremy Whitehead.

“All the projects entered however displayed a very high level of finished quality and attention to detail. The submissions showcased many high calibre team leaders and with help from their teams, achieved a high level of skill and competence in the execution of the building process, contractual and contractor management and most importantly, people management.

The projects submitted contributed significantly to benefit the broader community – from large multi residential buildings to upgrading a major public sporting facility, expanding schools, Universities and hospitals, to unique tourist icons such as the Monarto Zoo -360 Lions Experience or the new d’Arenberg – The Cube. All of which deliver benefits to the South Australian economy and the community in general” said Jeremy.

AIB National President, Paul Heather said “The Awards recognise the contribution and leadership shown by individuals to the successful completion of a construction project, reinforcing that the success of any building firm can be attributed to those responsible for construction projects”

The judging criterion for the Awards weights the contribution of individuals and the challenges that they face. It is based on the complexity of the project in its construction phase as opposed to the characteristics of the completed structure.

The Australian Institute of Building went on to congratulate the 2018 SA Building Professional of the Year, Paul Melville from Hansen Yunken for his work on Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) Redevelopment Project

Winners of Professional Excellence Awards from the night will now go on to the National Awards to be held in Canberra on Saturday, 7 September.2018.

Photos from the night can be viewed here (please allow 5-7 working days after event):  https://www.flickr.com/photos/aibnational/sets/

 

For further information, please contact:

Mr Greg Hughes, CEO

Phone 02 6253 1100

Email: ceo@aib.org.au

 

The list of recipients is detailed below. Most recipients are available for interview, please contact the Australian Institute of Building on 02 6253 1100 to organise.

 

2018 AIB SA Chapter Building Professional of the Year

Winner: Paul Melville

Company: Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd

Project: Flinders Medical Centre Redevelopment Project

 

2018 AIB SA Chapter Professional Excellence in Building Award Recipients

Category: Commercial Construction Up to $5 Million

Winner: Jay Johnson

Award: High Commendation

Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:SPORTSMED SA

 

Category: Commercial Construction Up to $5 Million

Winner: Paul Marino

Award: High Commendation

Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:St Johns Grammar Performing Arts Centre

 

Category: Commercial Construction Up to $5 Million

Winner: Melisha Willington

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:Adelaide Oval Arena LED & Lighting Upgrade

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Rick Capaldo

Award: High Commendation

Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:Barossa Retail Centre

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Ben Groves

Award: High Commendation

Company:Hindmarsh Construction Australia Pty Ltd

Project:The Bowery

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Bevan McDermott

Award: High Commendation

Company: Badge Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:Jurlique Novo Development

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Fred Els

Award: High Commendation

Company: Badge Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:BUPA Aged Care Development Woodville

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Dean Veldhuyzen

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:d’Arenberg – The Cube

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Mark Cramp

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:St Peters Girls Middle School + Library

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Tony Jachmann

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Built Environs Pty Ltd

Project:Modbury Hospital

 

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Daniel Deans

Award: High Commendation

Company:Badge Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:Inghams Breeder Farms Yumali

 

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Salem Tredrea

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:Regis Burnside

 

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus

Winner: Paul Melville

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd

Project: Flinders Medical Centre Redevelopment Project

 

Category: Interior Construction

Winner: Johnny Kyprianou

Award: High Commendation

Company:M Samaras Build

Project: Kyren Group Head Office

 

Category: Interior Construction

Winner: Goran Colovic

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd

Project: Adelaide Town Hall – Queen Adelaide Room

BUILDING MINISTER’S FORUM COMMUNIQUÉ

27 April 2018

The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) held its first meeting for 2018 today in Melbourne, to decide on a range of significant measures that will benefit the Australian building, plumbing and construction industry and the wider Australian community.

Ministers welcomed Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms Bronwyn Weir’s final report ‘Building Confidence – Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia’ (the Report).

Professor Shergold and Ms Weir were commissioned by the BMF to independently assess the broader compliance and enforcement problems within the building and construction systems across Australia.

The BMF acknowledged the significant work undertaken by Professor Shergold and Ms Weir and the valuable input provided by governments and industry throughout their consultation processes.

The Report’s conclusions and recommendations provide the BMF with a significant package of reforms intended to strengthen the effective implementation of the National Construction Code (NCC).

The Report is available on the BMF webpage on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Sciences’ website at www.industry.gov.au/BMF.

The BMF provided in-principle support for the Report. Ministers will examine the Report’s findings and recommendations in detail and have agreed to discuss future directions and next steps at the next BMF meeting.

Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to prevent the inappropriate use of potentially hazardous aluminium cladding on Australian buildings. The SOG will be consulting with industry on possible options for a new system of permanent labelling for cladding products.

Ministers agreed that given the urgency of this issue, the consultation will be undertaken during May and June 2018, with a report of the consultations and the preferred approach to be provided to Ministers at their next meeting.

Ministers noted the significant work being undertaken by jurisdictions to identify and address non-compliant cladding.

Ministers have asked the SOG to report on existing responsibilities of parties to meet the cost of rectification of non-compliant use of combustible cladding and remedies, including the rights of parties to recover costs from those responsible. The SOG will report to a future BMF meeting.

The BMF was briefed by Mr John Murray AM on the national Review of Security of Payment Laws: Building Trust and Harmony (the Review). The independent Review will be released by the Commonwealth shortly. The States, Territories and the Commonwealth will consider the Review recommendations, in consultation with the relevant portfolio areas in each jurisdiction and informed by the existing work of jurisdictions, and come back to the next meeting of the BMF with advice on how to respond to the Report.

The BMF agreed the scope of the Australian Building Codes Board’s (ABCB) national Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) to examine the proposed inclusion of minimum accessibility standards for housing in the NCC.

The ABCB will now develop an options paper, incorporating input from the Disability Reform Council, for the BMF to consider at its next meeting.

Several important issues relating to the NCC were also discussed, including work on the development of the 2019 edition (NCC 2019). NCC 2019 will be the first new edition since NCC 2016, following the BMF’s decision to introduce a three-year amendment cycle to improve efficiency and enhance stability for industry.

The BMF also discussed the challenges in relation to addressing fire safety in child care, including considering a possible early out-of-cycle amendment.

Ministers noted that energy efficiency measures for residential buildings will feature in the proposed 2018-19 ABCB work plan.

Ministers have confirmed their commitment to cooperation on national building reform through the adoption of a new BMF Charter. The BMF Charter sets out the role of the BMF in overseeing governance of the built environment, including on:

– harmonisation of building regulations and standards as outlined in the IGA for the ABCB;
– collaboration on compliance and enforcement, and
– national policy issues affecting Australia’s building and construction industries.

NEW RESEARCH: WOOD A KEY PLANK IN THE BUSINESS CASE FOR BRINGING NATURE INTO THE OFFICE

MEDIA RELEASE APRIL 2018

Builders and specifiers looking to construct buildings that boost worker productivity should consider using more of one of the world’s oldest and most sustainable materials in their office fit-outs: wood.

That’s the takeout from world-first research by strategic market research firm Pollinate and the University of Canberra.

Based on a survey of 1000 indoor Australian workers, the research provides fresh evidence to underpin the business case for biophilia – the principle that exposure to nature increases human wellbeing.

The study paints a bleak picture of workers’ current access to nature at work with less than half (47%) enjoying access to natural light, only two in five (38%) being able to see indoor plants, a quarter (26%) unable to see any natural looking wooden surfaces and almost half (46%) spending less than an hour outdoors on work days.

The study found that the more natural looking wooden surfaces workers could see from their workstation, the higher their workplace satisfaction and wellbeing.

Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer from the University of Canberra said the results held true even after rigorous analysis that controlled for factors known to impact on the wellbeing of workers such as age, income, gender and workplace culture.

“These results are exciting, for the first time providing solid evidence to support the use of wood as part of bringing nature into workplaces,” she said.

“We are always looking for ways to improve health and wellbeing, and this research points to ways we can achieve that in the places many people spend a lot of their time – the workplace.

“The work has implications for businesses, because a large body of research has shown that workers who are more satisfied with their work and have higher wellbeing have better work productivity, and reduced rates of absenteeism – which means improving worker wellbeing has real benefits for businesses.”

Over 80 per cent of workers (82%) exposed to eight or more wooden surfaces in their workplace reported being ‘satisfied or very satisfied’ with work, compared to over two thirds (69%) exposed to five to seven wooden surfaces and half (53%) with no wooden surfaces.

Employees working in offices with natural wooden surfaces on average also reported higher personal productivity, mood, concentration, clarity, confidence and optimism.

The effect on wellbeing was greatest when wood was used in combination with other natural elements such as plants, water features and natural light.
Associate Professor Schirmer said: “We know it’s good for us to spend time outdoors interacting with nature, but with people spending so much time indoors, there’s increasing recognition of the potential benefits of bringing nature into the workplace and the home.

“The academic world is becoming increasingly switched on to biophilia as an area warranting real research and attention, and some engineering degrees are starting to include it as a subject.

“Importantly, wood is a particularly useful tool for bringing nature into the workplace in situations where it is not feasible to retro-fit other changes, such as increased natural light.

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About the study
A representative sample of 1000 Australian indoor workers participated in the research.
Survey participants were asked about the natural elements they could see from their workspace, including the number and type of natural wooden-looking objects they could see. They were also asked about the presence of other things that affect the wellbeing of workers, including noise levels, access to natural light, and their workplace culture. Finally, they were asked to self-rate their wellbeing, workplace satisfaction and personal distress using validated measures that are used worldwide to assess wellbeing, health and mental health disorders.

Over two thirds of indoor workers surveyed were in an office, with the remainder split between shops and factories/warehouses.
The study was funded by Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA), which had no input on the structure of the study.