On the strength of a recent meeting with the office of the Minister of Industry, Science and Technology recently, we were invited back last week to meet with Ian Adam, adviser to Karen Andrews MP and Rodney Harris, Acting Manager, Building Industry Section in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. We met with National President, David Burnell and ACIF Director, James Cameron.

Some of the points discussed included:
• The Minister has been briefed on the Shergold-Weir Report
• The report is a blueprint for reform which the Government paid for and we were assured would not be shelved. There also seems to be bipartisan support for the Shergold-Weir Report
• As part of implementing the recommendations, the Australian Building Codes Board is currently working on simplifying and digitising the National Construction Code, which should help on construction sites and with training
• The next Building Ministers’ Forum will be in early 2019 and they are again looking at having another BMF-Industry Forum at which the AIB will have a seat
• The National Construction Code 2019 is a priority for the Minister
• The Minister has also been briefed on the John Murray Report on Security of Payment laws. Harmonisation of security of payment laws will take some time, but to have common principles is a good step forward
• The planned release date for the (much-delayed) Senate report on Non-Conforming Building Products is 27 November 2018
• There is a commitment from the BMF to investigate greater national consistency with licensing

Finally this week, a reminder that (can you believe it already!) we will open entries soon for the 2019 Professional Excellence Awards. In the lead up to the Awards, I am happy to share with you that we are working towards simplifying the entry process and making this less onerous and will also launch a ‘brand’ for the Awards for the first time. We are excited how the program continues to evolve and hope that you embrace this in 2019.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone,

Greg Hughes