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.

$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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TAX FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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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